Wanted: Extras for a #PopeInPhilly Video

Do you have "professional" hair, business casual attire and luggage? You could be in a papal PSA.

Pope Francis | Photo by the AP

Pope Francis | Photo by the AP

Some Philadelphians have been, um, not exactly bubbly about Pope Francis’ upcoming trip to the city this month.

Visit Philadelphia, the city’s tourism agency, is creating a video aimed at pumping people up about the event.

“Our focus is mainly to create excitement around the visit,” said Visit Philadelphia’s Courtney Smyth, “and to help calm everyone’s nerves and show them that this will be a great, historical event.”

The agency put out this casting call Monday for extras for the video:

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 2, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (A pizza lunch will be provided from 12 to 1 p.m.) Please arrive at 10:45 a.m.

Location: Marriott Hotel at The Navy Yard – 1001 Intrepid Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19112

Attire: Please dress in business casual attire. No super high heels, sneakers, sweatshirts, baggy clothing, ripped jeans, or shirts with logos or sayings on them. Hair and make up should be casual and professional. Please bring a piece of luggage with you as a prop, as if you were actually staying over at a hotel for the weekend. Please show up ready to film, there will be no time for changing in to clothes or doing hair or make up. We will have a hair stylist and make up artist on location for some touch ups for the second half of the day.

We are looking for all ages and races, however we are in need of more male volunteers at this point. We are looking for 50 volunteers total, and while we have about 30 confirmed right now, we know that some people are likely to not show up so there are still plenty of open spots. We are only looking for extras and background people, there are no opportunities for speaking roles, so no acting experience is required. Volunteers must be available to participate for the entire allotted time. Please have anyone interested in participating contact us at photos@visitphilly.com.

NewsWorks first reported the casting call. Smyth said the organization could not say right now whether the video will broadcast on television and/or online. She said it is not affiliated with the “I’ll Be There” campaign, an effort to build excitement abound the papal visit unveiled by the World Meeting of Families and city officials last week.