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Over 225 try for spot in TV movie

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Michelle Whibley and sons, from left, Christopher, Michael, Daniel and Jacob have their photo taken by Danielle Placek during Saturday's casting call for extras for the Hallmark TV movie Mother's Day Off. It will be filmed in Vernon at the end of January.
More than 225 people answered a casting call Saturday in Vernon, hoping to land a part as an extra in a TV movie.
The Hallmark television movie Mother's Day Off is to be filmed in Vernon at the end of the month.
Saturday morning, the lineup of would-be extras snaked through the lobby of the Sandman Hotel and down the stairs to a room where casting director Sara Brown and assistant Danielle Placek processed the applicants.
Each person filled out an application form and had his or her photo taken by Brown.
"We can't be certain, but we'll likely need a couple of hundred extras," Brown said. "We're looking for families, moms, hotel staff."
Extras who get called will be paid and will be expected to make themselves available for the entire day, said Brown.
"We never know when you are going to start or how long the day will go, so please make sure you have no commitments at all for the day of work that you accept from us," Brown wrote in an information sheet handed out to applicants.
Extras will have to provide their own transportation. They also will have to arrive with three possible wardrobe selections, from which the costume department will choose.
On filming day, extras will be provided with snacks and a meal, but they are asked to bring their own water bottles and, if necessary, personal dietary needs.

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