A week in the life of Disney Channel’s A.N.T. Farm

Allie DeBerry, left, and her A.N.T. Farm castmates begin their week with a table read on Monday and finish with a live taping on Friday. (Photo by Bruce Birmelin/courtesy of Disney Channel)

Allie DeBerry, left, and her A.N.T. Farm castmates begin their week with a table read on Monday and finish with a live taping on Friday. (Photo by Bruce Birmelin/courtesy of Disney Channel)

Watch A.N.T. Farm on Disney Channel and you’ll see 20-some minutes of a neatly packaged story. But what goes into the making of A.N.T. Farm?

We asked 18-year-old Allie DeBerry, who plays Paisley Houndstooth, to take us through a week on set:

Monday:  After grabbing a quick breakfast, Allie and her castmates do a table read. That’s when the full cast, plus the director, writers and Disney network executives, sit around a big table and literally read the lines.

“We read through the script,” Allie says, “see what works, what doesn’t work, what jokes are funny, what we should keep, what needs to be cut out and the writers and scribbling stuff out and adding stuff.”

After the table read, the cast does a first rehearsal.

Tuesday: The cast does a run through for the writers, director, producers and the network people, who then decide what they like about the script, what they don’t like and what they want to change.

The cast gets a revised script emailed to them every night. We find it amazing that they’re able to remember so many lines in such a short amount of time. Allie tells us she highlights her lines in different colors, she says them aloud into a recorder, then plays it back.

“A lot of the actors have amazing memory,” she says. “I don’t have that great of one, but I have my techniques.”

Wednesday: Another run through with revisions made.

Allie DeBerry, left, says some of her A.N.T. Farm castmates have great memories and easily remember the lines in the revised scripts the receive each night. For Allie, though, it doesn't come as easy. (Photo by Adam Larkey/courtesy of Disney Channel)

Allie DeBerry, left, says some of her A.N.T. Farm castmates have great memories and easily remember the lines in the revised scripts the receive each night. For Allie, though, it doesn’t come as easy. (Photo by Adam Larkey/courtesy of Disney Channel)

“By the time Wednesday rolls around, we knows our lines, we know our blocking and we know where we’re supposed to be on set,” Allie says. “We’ve got these things down.”

Thursday: Today, the cast films the more difficult scenes – ones that may have a stunt, or just a lot of monologue. But most of the filming happens the next day …

Friday: Friday is when the audience about 200 people comes to watch the filming. That’s good news for the cast – they get to sleep in and come to work later in the day. (For most the week, call times – or the time actors are due on set – are very early.)  After makeup and hair, they’re on live.

“Going in front of an audience is so cool because sometimes when we’re rehearsing, we don’t think jokes are very funny, but whenever we actually perform them in front of a live audience, they laugh and it gives you more energy in a way” Allie says. “I think we perform better in front of the crowd – but there is more pressure to not mess up our lines!”

Rebecca Brandel, LSY teen reporter, Mount St. Mary Academy

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