Orange dresses up as ‘Castle Rock’ for Stephen King Hulu series

  • Recorder Staff/Domenic PoliThe Pizza Factory at 11 West Main St. in Orange is decked out for the filming of “Castle Rock,” an upcoming Hulu series inspired by the works of horror writer Stephen King.

  • Recorder Staff/Domenic PoliMattresses & More on South Main Street in Orange has had a Schlitz beer advertisement painted on its side for the filming of “Castle Rock,” an upcoming Hulu series inspired by the works of horror writer Stephen King.

Recorder Staff
Published: 8/1/2017 11:07:12 PM

ORANGE — Town Hall will not be closed on Aug. 8, but you can expect delays when production crews film scenes in downtown Orange and at the First Universalist Church for “Castle Rock,” an upcoming series inspired by the works of horror writer Stephen King.

Joseph Stargensky, a freelance location manager for Hulu, the subscription video-on-demand service producing “Castle Rock,” said traffic will be detoured around the center of town for the early part of the day, but he did not see a reason to close Town Hall. He said the main intersection will close from 5:30 a.m. to noon so filming can last from 7 a.m. until noon. Filming, he said, will move to the church on North Main Street in the afternoon.

Downtown businesses will remain open to pedestrian traffic during filming.

Stargensky said he and other location managers are working with 50 businesses in Orange to ensure they are accommodated. Some businesses have already been dressed up to appear as though they are in Castle Rock, a fictional town in King’s home state of Maine.

“They’re all on board,” Stargensky said at Tuesday’s Selectboard meeting in Town Hall. “They’ve been great.”

Orange Financial Director Gabriele Voelker had some concerns about how Town Hall’s eight employees would get to work on Aug. 8. Stargensky and location manager Alex Berard said an alternate parking lot can be found for them and shuttles can bring them to Town Hall. He also said the production would pay for a catered lunch so employees don’t have to leave the building.

“This is what we do. We’re solution-oriented,” Stargensky said. “We’ll find a way to get you to work.”

He also said drone footage will at some point be shot for the series. Filming, which Stargensky said started on July 31, is also being done at New England Studios in Devens.

Stargensky also handed over two checks — one for employee overtime accrued from a July 18 open casting call that drew nearly 1,700 people to Town Hall, and another for the filming slated for Aug. 8. Stargensky and Voelker declined to disclose how much the checks were for.

In other “Castle Rock” news, the three Selectmen said they have no issue with town employees working as background actors in the series if selected, though it would have to be on the employees’ own time.

“Castle Rock” is being produced by Warner Bros. Television and Bad Robot, the production company of J.J. Abrams, creator of “Lost,” “Felicity” and the films “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Mission: Impossible.”

A teaser for the series can be viewed online at:

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