Wednesday, October 24, 2012
WALLA WALLA -- Leave it to television to end with a cliffhanger.
Nearly 60 entrants auditioned Tuesday at the Power House Theatre for the new "Road Show" talent docu-series in the works for AMC. But creators aren't giving much away about what they saw or how the show is expected to shape up.
Auditions were closed to the public, and identities of those involved are being withheld so that all can be revealed when the series airs, tentatively in March.
A few details that did come out, however: There was enough talent in the Valley that the auditions were extended at least two hours. Auditions were originally expected to run between 2 and 6 p.m., but organizers and volunteers ended up staying until about 8:30 p.m. as solo acts and groups took the stage to perform.
Casting Producer Frazier Bain was not immediately available this morning for comment on the level of talent and where the show goes from here.
In an interview earlier this month, Bain said four acts will ultimately be chosen to be showcased on the series, billed as a celebration of small town America and its hidden treasures. Mentors will come from Hollywood to help advise participants and hone their stage presence.
The show is the first to come to the community under the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce's new Walla Walla Film Office production recruitment initiative.
Chamber Chief Executive Officer David Woolson has tapped a long career in entertainment to help serve the new office. The organization will actively market the Walla Walla Valley as a location for film and television productions, including everything from movies to commercials.
Woolson reached out to the team behind "Road Show" after reading about plans for the reality-based series in "Variety." Woolson was also not immediately available for comment on the auditions this morning.