Five Schaumburg High School choir members were part of a 100-voice dancing and singing production that spent Dec. 1 making a T-Mobile holiday commercial at Woodfield Shopping Center in Schaumburg.
The 60-second spot features a performance of "Home for the Holidays." The female dancers and singers from Chicago appear in the ad with T-Mobile model and spokeswoman Carly Foulkes.
The commercial was filmed in the center of the mall in front of the Ice Castle as singers and dancers entered the stage from stairs and escalators.
The video is on YouTube with a running time of 3:48, and will run as a 60-second ad on national television starting Monday, Dec. 12.
The Schaumburg High School choir members in the cast are Lana Fenkanyn, Taryn Neubecker, Gabby Rivera, Lauren Podkowa and Bryce Saxon.
Choir Director Tim McGlynn said he got a call on short notice that talent scouts were looking for a few 16- to 18-year-old singers to cast in the commercial and he jumped on the opportunity.
Students spent two 12-hour days in rehearsal and the filming itself was a 13-hour day at the mall.
Darlene Hunt, president of ExtraOrdinary Casting, and her staff conducted auditions at Schaumburg High School in early November. A week later, the five girls were invited to Chicago for a callback audition and were selected for the cast.
Because they were minors, students were paid union equity rates even though they aren't union members, he said. "It was a unique experience" for the students, he said.
The commercial spot was produced by RSA Films, a London-based firm specializing in film, television and commercial production with offices in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. RSA was founded by film directors Ridley Scott and Tony Scott. The director of the commercial was Alfonso Gomez-Rejon.
The YouTube web address for the video is youtube.com/watch?v=vcmfCXwAFs4.