Sarah Gadon as Lamydia Staquollen/17/NYC/Objectosexuality/Open
At first glance, it looks like Lamydia has it all: beauty, brains, good looks, a wealthy family, a pretty face. However, there’s more to her than meets the eye. Though Lamydia has indeed enjoyed many privileges in her life, she has an enormous secret that she has kept hidden from everyone, even the other students at St. Lydwina’s: Lamydia is ardently, desperately, hopelessly in love with the Carroll St. Bridge. While the other students gossip about other boys or girls or genderqueer individuals, Lamydia spends much of her time daydreaming about the Carroll St. Bridge (or, as she calls it, “Shmoopy”), gently caressing its frame with the fingers of her mind, longing to sensually lick its pungent, Gowanus-seasoned supports. Lamydia knows her love is doomed, but she just can’t help herself. Her mother, after finding some of Lamydia’s erotic poetry about the Bridge and then catching her sneaking out to dry-hump it one night, forced her to go to St. Lydwina’s, where Lamydia is something of an outsider. Because of her beauty, many of the other students take her daydreaming as snobbery and she has so found it difficult to make new friends. Unfortunately, St. Lydwina’s is not a very picturesque campus, so Lamydia has found no distractions from her feelings.
Harry Styles as Thesper Fanny Finnanigansburry/14/Crapstone, England/Selective Mutism/Open
Thesper was born in the small, English town of Crapstone to a family in which athleticism and brutality were prized beyond anything else. His father was in the military and frequently away on deployment and his mother worked as a butcher. He is the youngest of seven sons, two of whom died in illegal fight-clubs. But Thesper knows better than to talk about that. Actually, Thesper knows better than to talk about anything; he prefers to keep quiet. Always a sensitive child, he never fit in with the rest of his family (the rest of the brothers are either professional football hooligans or teach gym at the local grammar school) and his parents and brothers often bullied him about his introverted nature and slightly effeminate ways. His brothers used to shave off his hair, which Thesper prefers to keep long and flowing, and forced him to participate in various sports and activities that made him uncomfortable, such as tennis and talking to the elderly. As he grew older, Thesper became quieter and quieter, eventually not speaking at all. At age thirteen, beaten-down by his brothers and his small-minded town, he was completely silent and spent most of his time watching queer Korean cinema in his room and honing his skills in nail art. His mother was the one who found out about St. Lydwina’s, after having become completely exasperated with her youngest boy, who had taken to walking around with a chalk-board around his neck and writing out whatever he was required to communicate in perfect cursive. Due to his introverted nature, Thesper was initially very apprehensive about going, but he has thrived since his arrival. Though he has not yet spoken, a few of the boarders have had the privilege of overhearing his beautiful singing voice in the shower and have had the chance to watch him cuddle with his adorable pet hedgehog, Rain. Though he still doesn’t speak, Thesper has become, in this new environment, naturally affectionate with everyone and is generally well-liked. More than anything, he craves acceptance from older, athletic males. He considers both his gender and his sexuality to be extremely fluid, the only constants being his preference for stereotypically feminine hair and the fact that he is attracted to individuals who tend to be slightly racist.
Jessica Parker Kennedy as Sequoia Semperviren/16/Southern Illinois/Fregoli Delusion/Open
Sequoia was put into foster care at the age of 13 due to her extremely negligent father. Her mother, an esteemed botanist, died when she was young and she doesn’t remember her. Her father was an actor and forced Sequoia to participate in his plays and, when he was not working, he disappeared for weeks on end. When he was around and was out of work, he made her pretend that there day-to-day life was a play and they had to pretend to be different people ever day. On day, a social worker was called after an incident involving a King Lear themed pancake breakfast and found Sequoia huddling in the green room of a community theater next to a ficus. He father was nowhere to been seen and Sequoia has since been unable to locate him (though she knows he is still alive because he sends her postcards inscribed with quotations from “Rappaccini’s Daughter.”) She lived at several different foster homes for almost two years but was unable to connect to the families before Principal Gibson found her and extended an invitation to board at St. Lydwina’s. Because of her experiences with her father, Sequoia suffers from Fregoli Delusion, believing that every human she comes into contact with is her father in disguise. Therefore, she finds it extremely difficult to trust other people, though she is desperate to connect. She often feels much more comfortable around plants and they also make her feel in touch to her late mother. However she is hoping to someday be able to find someone whom she trusts so much that she is able to break through the Delusion. She can often be found in the greenhouse, sketching in the library, or writing replies to her father before crumpling them up and throwing them away.
St. Lydwina’s Academy for Troubled Teens is a haven for teens age 13-18 who struggle daily with oft-overlooked issues such as introversion, multiplicity, regression, sensory-processing disorders, asexuality, and being straight-edge in a non-edge world. Teens are recruited out of their public school by an organization devoted to preserving essential qualities that are too often pathologized or erased by the mainstream and protecting those who are persecuted and laughed at because of their differences. St. Lydwina’s is located off-the-radar in a small town in Indiana. Conservative pundits, threatened by the school’s radical politics, are trying to shut it down by calling into question the legitimacy of the establishment. The students, and genderqueer principal, Genevieve Gibson, are fighting back. Open roles to come or submit your own!