Published: Sep 23, 2011 10:13 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 23, 2011 10:15 PM EDT

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- The true story of an injured Florida dolphin is now in theaters.

"Winter," the bottlenose dolphin, lost her tail in an accident, only to be fitted later with a prosthetic. Her story of survival is being told by a star-studded cast and with the help of some local actors.

Kevin Moody was a stand-in for the main character in the film and shared a number of scenes with Morgan Freeman and Harry Connick Jr.

An 8th grader at Punta Gorda Middle, Moody even spent time with Winter at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.

"They were all very nice. Very down-to-earth people. It was really great. It was a great experience," Moody said. "It's a really good family movie. It's a good message and I think people are really going to like it."

Charlotte Players saw dozens of its actors show up on set. The local threatre group has seen the spotlight shine on local talent with actors getting cast for minor roles in blockbuster films.

The group will have their own "red carpet" premiere at the Port Charlotte Town Center Friday night. The Charlotte Players are also having a private party after the film and tickets are still available.