Film: SUMMONING SYLVIA (Queer Horror Pic Wraps Filming)

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by Connor McCormick on July 5, 2021

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Filming has wrapped on Summoning Sylvia, an queer horror comedy feature film starring Travis Coles (“Superstore”), two-time Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”), People’s Choice Award nominee Frankie Grande (“Henry Danger”), Nicholas Logan (I Care a Lot), Troy Iwata (“Dash & Lily”), Noah Ricketts (Frozen), Sean Grandillo (“Scream: The TV Series”), Camden Garcia (“Station 19”), and Emmy and Tony Award nominee Veanne Cox (You’ve Got Mail). Written and directed by Wesley Taylor and Alex Wyse, who previously created the Emmy-nominated digital series “Indoor Boys,” Summoning Sylvia is produced by Cody Lassen with Diamond Dog Entertainment serving as Executive Producer. More info at Summoning Sylvia.

Summoning Sylvia is the story of a gay bachelor party that takes a spooky turn when sinister spirits are suddenly summoned. Lead by the warm and whimsical Larry (Coles) who has been kidnapped by his three best friends Nico (Grande), Reggie (Iwata), and Kevin (Ricketts) for a weekend getaway at a haunted house. But Larry forgot he’d promised his fiancé Jamie (Urie) that he’d entertain his mysterious future brother-in-law Harrison (Logan) this weekend. Larry invites Harrison to join the proceedings, and when the four friends perform a séance to summon the ghost of Sylvia (Cox) who murdered her son Phillip (Garcia) a century ago, a night of terror, laughs, and uninvited guests begins.


ALEX WYSE (Co-Writer/Director) is the co-creator/writer/star of “Indoor Boys,” for which he won Indie Series Awards for Best Actor, Best Writing, and Best Comedy Series. As an actor, he appeared on Broadway in WaitressSpring Awakening, and Lysistrata Jones; Off-Broadway in Ride the CycloneBare, and Triassic Parq, and in the National Tour of Wicked. His television credits include “Iron Fist,” “Masters of Sex,” “NCIS: LA,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Modern Family,” “Switched at Birth,” and “Bored to Death.” He co-produced the Tony-nominated play What the Constitution Means to Me. He holds a BFA from Boston University. Alex is repped by ICM.


WESLEY TAYLOR (Co-Writer/Director) is the co-creator/writer/star of “Billy Green,” “It Could Be Worse,” and “Indoor Boys,” which won the 2019 Indie Series Awards for Best Writing and Best Comedy Series. His work has been produced by Manhattan Repertory Theatre, The Artists’ Exchange, the LGBT Center, and at New World Stages. As an actor, he is a Theatre World Award Winner, a Chita Rivera Award Winner, and an Outer Critics Circle nominee, having starred in the original Broadway casts of Rock of AgesThe Addams Family, and SpongeBob SquarePants. Taylor’s television credits include “Smash” (26 episodes), “The Good Wife,” “The Tomorrow People,” “One Life to Live,” “Looking,” “I’m Dying up Here,” and “Difficult People.” He holds a BFA from North Carolina School of the Arts. Wes is repped by ICM.


TRAVIS COLES (Larry) was listed on TIME magazine’s “Best TV Characters of 2019” for his role in OWN’s “David Makes Man,” created by Tarell McCraney. This year he appeared in two feature films, including Togetherish, starring Ed Helms and Patti Harrison, and Aftermath, opposite Ashley Greene. Travis also returned to his recurring roles on “Liza on Demand” and NBC’s “Superstore.” Other credits include his starring role in the JAX Media pilot presentation “Berlin,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” and “Great News.” Travis performs monthly on two UCB sketch teams.


MICHAEL URIE (Jamie) is an actor, presenter, director, and producer, best known for known for his portrayal of Marc St. James on ABC’s “Ugly Betty.” He was recently seen in “Younger” and as the host of 
“Clipped,” with Martha Stewart. Recent Broadway credits include Torch Song and Grand Horizons and the upcoming Chicken & Biscuits.

FRANKIE GRANDE (photo by Maxwell Poth)

FRANKIE GRANDE (Nico) is an activist, performer, producer, reality TV personality, and social media mogul. He became known to the world as a stand-out finalist on the CBS series “Big Brother 16.” Frankie followed that as a judge on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew,” a houseguest on “Celebrity Big Brother” in the U.K., and a co-host on “Style Code Live.” He has guest starred on Nickelodeon’s “Henry Danger” and “Danger Force,” Netflix’s “Haters Back Off,” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” He co-starred in the film Spree and the comedy series “Indoor Boys,” for which he won the 2020 ‘Best Guest Actor – Comedy’ award at the Indie Series Awards. On Broadway, Frankie made his debut in the mega-hit Mamma Mia! and starred as Franz in the closing cast of Rock of Ages, a role that he reprised in the Hollywood production. In spring 2021, he reprised his roles in Rock of Ages and Titanique for live streaming concerts, which served as a kickoff to welcoming back Broadway following the pandemic. Frankie is also passionate about supporting the Los Angeles LGBT Center.


NICHOLAS LOGAN (Harrison) can currently be seen opposite Rosamund Pike and Peter Dinklage in the Netflix feature I Care a Lot, which premiered at TIFF last fall. Nicholas stars alongside Sam Rockwell and Taraji P. Henson in the STX Films film The Best of Enemies and has a supporting role in the Paramount comedy Instant Family, opposite Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne. He will next be seen recurring opposite Michael Keaton in the Hulu limited series “Dopesick.”


TROY IWATA (Reggie) is an actor and writer originally from Lake Arrowhead, CA. You know Arrowhead Water? That’s not where it’s from. Find him in Netflix’s “Dash & Lily” playing Lily’s hopelessly romantic and snarky older brother Langston. You can also hear him in various new musical theatre albums and sometimes mentioned amongst the fandom of the cult hit musical Be More Chill which he helped open on Broadway. @mrtroyiwata


NOAH J. RICKETTS (Kevin) is an actor and singer from Louisville, Kentucky. He’s enjoyed roles on Broadway in Beautiful the Carole King Musical and most recently as Kristoff in Frozen: The Musical. Television and in Film: Kai in “American Gods” on STARZ; River in “High Fidelity” on Hulu; Nico in “The Sixth Borough”; Matthew in “Christmas Déjà vu” on BET. #blm @noahjrkts


SEAN GRANDILLO (PB) is an American actor, singer, and musician, known for his roles as the Voice of Otto in the 2015 Broadway revival of Spring Awakening, Eli Hudson in MTV’s horror series “Scream,” Brett Young in ABC’s comedy series “The Real O’Neals,” and “The OA” for Netflix. He most recently was a series regular on YouTube Red’s “Youth & Consequences,” from producer Mark Gordon. On the feature side, Sean had a scene-stealing supporting role in Justin Kelly’s Tribeca Film Festival stand-out King Cobra.


CAMDEN GARCIA (Phillip) most recently guest starred on ABC’s “Station 19” after returning to the industry after getting a degree. Garcia has recurred on numerous series including Fox’s “Raising Hope” and Fox’s “My Name Is Earl,” and guest starred on NBC’s “Superstore,” TBS’ “The Guest Book,” and CBS’ “Yes, Dear.” Also an accomplished singer, stage actor, and musical theater performer, Garcia has starred in regional and university productions of NewsiesParticularly in the HeartlandBlack SnowSpeech and DebateSaturday Night Fever, and Hairspray.


VEANNE COX (Sylvia) was nominated for an Emmy for her performance of Lenora in the digital series “Indoor Boys”; and has been featured on Broadway in An American in ParisLa Cage aux FollesA Free Man of ColorCaroline, or ChangeThe Dinner PartyCompany (Tony nomination); and Smile. She has received Obie and Drama Desk Awards. Her television credits include “Cinderella,” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel,” “NCIS: New Orleans,” “Pan Am,” “Seinfeld,” etc. She has been seen in many films including Erin BrockovichYou’ve Got Mail, and Big Eden.


CODY LASSEN (Producer) is a Tony award-winning theatre and film producer most recently represented on Broadway by Paula Vogel’s Indecent and the Deaf West Theatre revival of Spring Awakening. Upcoming: How I Learned to Drive (opening on Broadway April 19) and A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet (opening Off-Broadway September 17). He produced the Emmy-nominated digital series “Indoor Boys.” Upcoming: Some Lovers, a new musical by Burt Bacharach & Steven Sater; The Flamingo Kid by Robert Freidman & Scott Frankel; and The 12 by Robert Schenkkan & Neil Berg, directed by John Doyle.

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