New Prague actress looking forward to ‘A Holiday Spectacular’

By: 
John Mueller, news@newpraguetimes.com

Larissa Schmitz, a 2008 New Prague High School graduate, has a supporting role in “A Holiday Spectacular.” The film will be on the Hallmark Channel Sunday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m. (Submitted photo)

On any holiday when she was home visiting, Larissa Schmitz might sit down and watch a movie with her family and this year would be no different. But this year, the New Prague High School graduate will be in the movie.

Schmitz and her husband, Jake Klehr, will be watching “A Holiday Spectacular” on the Hallmark Channel Sunday, Nov. 27, 7 p.m.

Set in 1958, the film is the story of Maggie, an heiress from Philadelphia who puts her high-society wedding plans on hold to sneak up to New York City and make her secret dream come true.

The daughter of Tami and Robert Schmitz, Larissa plays Janet, a first-year member of the famous Rockettes dance line. Part of the filming for “A Holiday Spectacular” was done in January of 2021 in the iconic Radio City Music Hall. The movie took about eight weeks to film, Schmitz said.

“Being there was pretty awesome,” she said. “It was very surreal.”

The opportunity to audition for a part in “A Holiday Spectacular” came about in early-2021. Schmitz, who lives in Los Angeles, was invited to audition. Her credits in the acting business include “Laggies,” “Z Nation” and “Battle Tech.” She also appeared in TV commercials before moving from Seattle, Wash. to Los Angeles a few years ago.

The parts she has enjoyed have prepared her for the opportunity to have a supporting role in a movie. It all builds upon itself, Schmitz said. In a business where work is intensely competitive, Schmitz said interviews are...

To see more on this story pick up the November 24, 2022 print edition of The New Prague Times. 

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