Bearden senior lands role in Oxygen documentary series

Wearing an orange jump suit, chanting “llama,” and kissing strangers, Callie Stelter finds quite the departure from the Bearden theater scene on the set of mini-documentary series Snapped: Killer Couples.

A casting director saw Stelter, 18, at this year’s Bijou Awards and thought she would be the perfect fit for the role of Christa Pike, a murderer who worships Satan, in an episode of Oxygen’s Killer Couples. Callie enjoyed the experience, but she summed it up in one word: “weird.”

“We were performing a little satanic ritual,” Stelter said, “and we were supposed to be reading out of this book and the book looked really creepy and all.

“It was like Hebrew and we were supposed to be chanting. They can’t hear us but we have to say something so my scene partner, the guy who was my boyfriend, was going, ‘Llama, llama, llama, llama,’ and I was trying so hard not to laugh. It was supposed to be really serious, but it was really weird.”

The episode is about a young woman, Christa Pike, and her boyfriend, Tadaryl Shipp, who beat and murdered another woman that Pike thought had been flirting with Shipp. Needless to say, the reenactments were intense. Stelter not only had to act out satanic rituals, but she also had an intimate scene with a stranger and a murder scene, not to mention lots of angry yelling.

“She did really well,” said Victoria Drew, assistant producer from the company that makes Killer Couples, Jupiter Entertainment. “She has a natural smile, so when you’re sad, you’re upset, she naturally smiles.”

As for her intimate scene, Stelter replied, “It’s awful. It was so weird. I mean, you get used to it, but it was really weird.”

To add to the discomfort, they were filming in an abandoned warehouse with no heating. Portable heaters were brought out between scenes.

Despite the displeasures, Stelter had a great experience. She might even consider film acting in the future as well as theater. Whatever the medium, the young actress definitely has a lot of support here at Bearden.

“She absolutely deserves [the role],” said Stelter’s friend and Bearden senior Ashley Slimp. “She’s worked so hard and practiced so much and I’m so happy for her.”

Bearden teacher Ms. Catherine Wood was even more excited about the news.

“She goes, ‘Do you know Snapped?’, and I hardly ever watch TV,” Ms. Wood said.

“But when I go home, I spend a month in upper Michigan with my mother and Snapped, when I do watch TV, is one of the shows I just love. So when she said she was gonna be in Snapped I just about fell over.”

The episode is scheduled to air on June 8 on the Oxygen Network, but the date may be subject to change.