New Castle News

July 17, 2013

At The Movies: Local girl gets role in film

Kurt Stalma
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — They say it’s a far climb to fame to make it in show business.

However, even the largest movie stars had to begin somewhere.

Six-year old Gabby Dover of New Castle is going to be featured in an upcoming movie called “Vanished,” a film based on a book by the same name.

The film is about a nine-year old girl named Kimberly who is abducted in broad daylight. As time passes, the abduction begins to tear Kimberly’s family apart.

Gabby’s mother, Lindsey, said she got her daughter the role through Facebook. She saw that the filmmakers were doing castings, so she submitted some of Gabby’s photos and information.

Lindsey said one day she got an email saying Gabby had gotten a part in the movie.

“I screamed,” Gabby said, when she found out she had gotten the part.

Lindsey said this is Gabby’s first foray into acting. She said she’s tried getting her in to productions at the New Castle Playhouse, but was unable to because she’s not old enough.

In the film, Gabby will play a nine-year old girl named Matilda. A group of kids approaches her to ask if she’s seen the missing girl. Gabby will have a line in the film, which came as a pleasant surprise to her and her family.

“I thought she was just going to be a fill-in, but when I found out she had a line, I was like, ‘we’re in,’ ” Lindsey said.

The film is being made by Indiana-based Dreams Come True Films, of which Candy J. Beard is listed as executive producer and CEO. She authored both the novel and the screenplay for “Vanished.”

According to the company’s website, Beard began her screenwriting career and in 2006 and has written 13 full-length screenplays and 10 short films. She has produced two features, a short, a Doritos Super Bowl commerical and a TV pilot.

The movie began filming in late June in Terre Haute, Ind. Gabby is scheduled to be on the set Aug. 4 in Terre Haute. Lindsey said she is unsure when the film will be released, but the producers are hoping for a theatrical release.

Lindsey said that she’s always searching for auditions for her daughter. She said she will always jump on roles that are local, and that they’d also be willing travel if Gabby gets any future castings.