From a media release:
DHX TelevisionÂ confirmed today thatÂ Fresh TVÂ will deliver a 30-episode sophomore season of the hit original seriesÂ BackstageÂ forÂ Family Channelâ€™sÂ 2017 broadcast season. The popular tween drama, which debuted in March 2016, has gained international acclaim and a devoted fan- following for its layered portrayal of daily life at an elite fine arts high school. The commissioning decision comes on the heels of Familyâ€™s Big Ticket Summer Concert announcement, revealing three of the series stars â€“Â Josh Bogert,Â Aviva MongilloÂ andÂ Mckenzie SmallÂ â€“ will make their touring debuts as performers on this yearâ€™s concert tour, accompanied by additional performers from the show. Production is set to being this summer in Toronto.
BackstageÂ follows a group of immensely talented teenagers as they live through the highs and lows that come with attending the prestigious Keaton School of the Arts. From the angst and disappointments to the new friendships and crowning achievements, being a student at Keaton sets you on the path to becoming a star. Lifting the curtain on how these young musicians, dancers and artists see the world, their confessions and dreams are highlighted as they sing, dance and carve out the destiny they see for themselves â€“ making it big.
The seriesâ€™ stars: Josh Bogert as Miles; Aviva Mongillo as Alya; Mckenzie Small as Scarlett; Devyn Nekoda as Vanessa; Alyssa Trask as Carly; Julia Tomasone as Bianca; Matthew Isen as Jax; Colin Petierre as Sasha; Romy Weltman as Kit; Kyal Legend as Julie; and Adrianna Di Liello as Jenna.
Commissioned by DHX Television, and with international distribution handled by DHX Media,Â BackstageÂ was created and developed by Fresh TV. Executive Producers are Brian Irving, who also serves as producer; Jennifer Pertsch, also the co-creator and a writer; Lara Azzopardi, the seriesâ€™ co-creator, show runner, writer and director; Tom McGillis and George Elliott. Directors for the series include top music video directors RT! (Snoop Dogg, Sean Paul, Shane Harte), Director X (Iggy Azalea, T.I., Drake), Wendy Morgan (Dragonette, Janelle MonÃ¡e) and Warren Sonoda (Johnny Reid, George Canyon), as well as Mario Azzopardi (Stargate SG-1,Â The Outer Limits,Â Degrassi) and Lara Azzopardi (I Am an Apartment Building,Â Rewind).