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'World' at Pitt's door on Sept. 19

Wednesday, July 31, 2002

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

"The West Wing" won't be the only TV show to film in Western Pennsylvania in the coming months. CBS's daytime soap "As the World Turns" will shoot five scenes on the University of Pittsburgh campus on Sept. 19.

From left to right, Agim Kaba, Jessica R. Dunphy and Peyton List play the young people who will hide from the law and their families on college campuses in "As the World Turns."

It's part of the show's "Catch Us If You Can" bus tour, which includes visits to nine other college campuses.

The story line that takes "As the World Turns" to colleges involves three young characters: Lucy Montgomery (Peyton List), Alison Stewart (Jessica R. Dunphy) and Aaron Snyder (Agim Kaba) flee fictional Oakdale, Ill., their families and the law and try to hide on college campuses.

Actors Hunt Block, Terri Colombino, Benjamin Hendrickson and Paul Leyden will also be in Pittsburgh for filming, and about 20 college-age students will be cast as extras, some with speaking parts.

Executive producer Christopher Goutman and casting director Mary Clay Boland will be on campus Monday scouting locations. Boland will return Sept. 12 on a bus to audition students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those auditioning do not have to be Pitt students.

Anyone with a head shot photo is encouraged to bring it.

Show spokesman Alan Locher said the University of Pittsburgh was picked because Pittsburgh is a market where the show does well in the ratings.

Executive producer Goutman is a 1976 graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, but he's fond of the Pitt campus.

"Carnegie Mellon is a conservatory-type school, and for us to tap into their theater resources might be difficult because their training program is so intense," Goutman said.

Goutman, who will direct the location shooting, said the story came before the "Catch Us If You Can" promotional opportunity.

"We knew these kids had to be on the run, because one of our young teens is accused of a crime he did not commit and he thinks the only way to handle it is to take off with his girlfriend," Goutman said. "The idea of hiding out in colleges was an idea I've had for a while."

Episodes filmed at all the colleges will air from late October through November. An exact air date for the Pitt scenes has not been set.

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