Someone on that show seems to have had a real eye for talent and star potential even in singers/actors that were still children. I don't know it was the casting director, a subordinate, a producer, or someone else. They cast Keri Russell in 1991 and Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Ryan Gosling in 1993.

  • "Who did the casting" is not any different than "who starred in..." It's off topic. This information is simple to obtain by using IMDb. For more information, see Meta.
    – Catija
    Feb 21, 2017 at 16:50
  • Just because someone is listed as the the casting director doesn't mean they are the one that spotted the talent. It could have been a subordinate or a producer on the show that insisted these particular kids should be on the show. Feb 21, 2017 at 16:55
  • This information is still on IMDb. The only other person listed in "casting" is Patricia Troy. imdb.com/title/tt0096641/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast If you really want some sort of in-depth expose of who actually did the casting because you doubt that Matt Casella or Patricia Troy did the work, then you'll need to clarify that in your question and explain why it matters.
    – Catija
    Feb 21, 2017 at 17:01
  • That is why I said somone on the show had a real eye for talent, not that the casting directory had a real eye for talent. The credits only give part of the story. Or don't you think producers, network executives, etc. have a big influence over casting? Feb 21, 2017 at 17:05
  • I'm sorry but you really can't expect people to read between the lines and interpret your question. You need to explain your question very clearly, particularly when it's at risk of being closed for being off topic. If you won't do any work, please don't expect us to. You still haven't explained why you think Matt Casella didn't honestly discover all of these kids.
    – Catija
    Feb 21, 2017 at 17:07

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According to IMDB it was Matt Casella

As Casting Director for The Walt Disney Company and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Matt Casella auditioned over 85,000 kids during 1988-1994 for "The All New Mickey Mouse Club". From these auditions, which he did by holding open calls throughout the United States and Canada, Matt discovered, directed and launched the careers of: Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Keri Russell, JC Chasez and Tony Lucca, among others.

In an interview Casella said.

"I knew how special these kids were when I saw them," says Casella, who saw 20,000 kids during four years of auditions. "There was sort of an eagerness and a sparkle in their eye that said, 'I want it.

Tony Lucca (an ex-Mouse Clubber) said

“...But Matt Casella, the casting director, has an impeccable eye for talent. He really bats 1.000. There were a couple of times maybe, where he was off [laughs] but he cast some pretty big projects over the years, but the Mouse Club was definitely his crowning achievement in that he identified something in all of us that he just see in other people. He realized that there was an inherent passion and desire and ability in all of us.

  • Thank you for adding the interview excerpts. They seem to confirm that the casting director was the one with the eye for talent. Feb 21, 2017 at 17:31

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