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Are You a God? Then Join Live-Action 'Ghostbusters' Cast

By Andrea Swalec | January 24, 2012 1:08pm

MANHATTAN — It's the "Rocky Horror Picture Show" meets the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man.

A group of slime-loving die-hard "Ghostbusters" fans will get a chance to cross their streams as they act out the film in front of a Greenwich Village movie theater audience screening the classic 1984 comedy.

The Minions of Gozer, the group named after the film's paranormal villain, are looking for three new cast members to participate in what they call a "shadowcast," similar to what's done at "Rocky Horror" screenings, creator and producer Angela Williams said.

"We need people who are familiar with what a shadowcast is and who, above all, love 'Ghostbusters,'" she said. "We look for a bit of improv ability and a big physical presence, since [the performance] is in the dark, and you're sharing the spotlight with the movie."

The cast is looking for three new male actors.
The cast is looking for three new male actors.
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Josh Hester

The new actors will get a chance to strap on proton packs for two raucous March performances at Greenwich Village's IFC Center.

The 12-person cast, which includes both amateurs and experienced actors, is looking for someone to play the male demon "Terror Dog," who likes women's fashion and "wreaks general havoc throughout the show," according to the group's website. 

A new male member of the ensemble cast is also needed. He will play non-principal characters like Slimer, the mayor and the fire chief. 

The biggest available role is for Winston Zeddemore, originally played by Ernie Hudson, who's able to translate the supernatural explanations of Dan Aykroyd's Ray Stanz character into simpler terms, according to the site. 

The gigs don't pay, but actors will have "an amazing time" and get perks like traveling to various Comic Cons, Williams said.

Williams, a 36-year-old Queens resident who works for the city, began Minions of Gozer, which first performed in November, with more than $2,500 donated via the do-it-yourself fundraising website Kickstarter

"I thought about what would be the best way to re-create the movie, and this was it," she said, adding that her favorite character is EPA worker Walter Peck, who arrests the "Ghostbusters."

"I've always liked the bad guys," she said. 

Williams says "Ghostbusters" is more than a funny movie — it's a tribute to the Big Apple.

"It's a perfect New York movie. It really celebrates the city," she said. "It's awesome to run into things in the city that you saw in the movie." 

The group Minions of Gozer performs along with
The group Minions of Gozer performs along with "Ghostbusters" as the movie plays behind them.
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Minions of Gozer

Tickets for the performances, at midnight March 23 and 24, will be available soon, a representative for the 323 Sixth Ave. theater said. 

"Trap packs" full of props that audience members will need — including Crunch bars, index cards, marshmallows, sponges and toast — will be available at the show for $2 each.

Aspiring "Ghostbusters" can send their resumes and photos, preferably headshots, to casting@minionsofgozer.com.