From a media release:
Fresh TVÂ today announces start of production on a newÂ Family Channeloriginal performing arts school drama,Â Backstage. The 30-episode, half-hour scripted series (shot docudrama-style) will follow a group of outstandingly talented teenagers as they live through the highs and lows that come with attending the prestigious Keaton School of the Arts â€“ from the angst and disappointments to the new friendships and crowning achievements. The series films this summer in Toronto, beginning today, and is slated to debut onÂ DHX Televisionâ€™sÂ Family in Spring 2016.
Through diary-style confessionals and dramatic cliffhangers,Â BackstageÂ will lift the curtain on these would-be stars as they chase their dreams and deal with the day-to-day reality of being a student, a sister, a son, a girlfriend â€” a teen. Every episode will be jam-packed with dance, instrumental and vocal performances from rehearsals to concerts to opening nights.
Featuring an all-Canadian cast,Â the seriesÂ starsÂ Devyn NekodaÂ (Degrassi)Â as Vanessa, a gifted ballet dancer;Â Alyssa TraskÂ as Carly, a dancer who is stuck in her best friend Vanessaâ€™s shadow;Â Aviva MongilloÂ as Alya, an incredible singer who lacks confidence;Â JoshuaÂ BogertÂ as Miles, a mysterious musician with a big secret;Â Colin PetierreÂ as Sasha, the schoolâ€™s biggest gossip;Â Julia TomasoneÂ as Bianca, who is being groomed by her casting director mother as â€œthe next big thingâ€;Â Matthew IsenÂ as Jax, a charming DJ and musician;Â Kyal LegendÂ as Julie, the school president;Â McKenzie SmallÂ as Scarlett, a talented singer with a big ego;Â Romy WeltmanÂ as Kit, a DJ and musician who is fighting to garner recognition for her talents;Â Isiah HallÂ as Denzel, a fashionable designer; andÂ Adrianna Di Lielloas Jenna an eager ballet dancer, always ready to seize an opportunity.
BackstageÂ was created and developed by Fresh TV in association with DHX Television. Executive Producers areÂ Brian Irving,Â who is also aÂ producer;Â Jennifer Pertsch, who is alsoÂ theÂ creator, co-developer and a writer;Â Lara Azzopardi, who is also aÂ co-developer, show runner, writer and director;Tom McGillisÂ andÂ George Elliott.