LANCASTER - There are certainly no flies on Lancaster when it comes to filming in presumably sleepy little towns in North Central Mass.

Not only are they slated as a locale for Sony Picture’s “Little Women” (directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Emma Watson, Saoise Ronan and Meryl Streep) later in the fall, but Netflix set up shop on the Common this week and was filming its new series, which the Hollywood Reporter has described as a cross between “Lord of the Flies meets Lost.”

Lancaster Town Administrator Orlando Pacheco confirmed that the yet-to-be-titled Netflix series started filming in town on Monday.

“The first scene, which is the beginning of the series, which they filmed (on Monday), the kids go off on a field trip and when they come back the town is empty,” Mr. Pacheco said.

The Common has become a vital focal point for the filming and the fictitional town of West Ham, Connecticut, where the action of the series takes place. In front of Prescott Building (which houses the town offices) is a combination sign/community bulletin board that says, “Town of West Ham.”

Prior to filming, Netflix constructed a gazebo, Mr. Pachero said. Although Netflix has offered to give the gazebo to the town when it wraps up at the end of the week, Lancaster Historical Commission Chairwoman Heather Lennon said the commission has voted against the bandstand being a permanent structure because it is not consistent with the look of the town.

In addition, five yellow school buses, all indicating “West Ham Schools,” were parked next to the field at Thayer Memorial Park when not involved in the filming.

Netflix filmed Wednesday at the Prescott Building. As a result, all town offices were closed.

Alix Turner, director for the Lancaster Council on Aging/Senior Citizen’s, who calls the filming “crazy good,” had to cancel a pancake breakfast, yoga, farmers’ market and bingo for one day because of the filming.

According to Variety, the untitled series hails from Christopher Keyser, who will also executive produce along with Marc Webb.

Variety also reported that up-and-coming starlet Kathryn Newton stars in the lead role.

On this current project, the town of Lancaster is seeing some revenue from a site location agreement with Netflix, in addition to the residual impact on local businesses, Mr. Pacheco said.

"We're getting used to it. We're getting to handle it pretty well," Mr. Pacheco said. "We've been through it a bunch of times with "Castle Rock" (where they filmed at a house on Neck Road) and "The Slender Man" (where they filmed in the town's library). We got a pretty good routine on how we deal with the production teams. So it just gets easier and easier for us."

Mr. Pacheco said he met the cast and crew on Monday.

Josh Youman, location manager for the Netflix project in Lancaster, said he couldn’t comment about the project. Netflix did not return calls.