Auditions and rules for the reality show The Glee Project have been announced, and Dallas is on the list of audition cities. Actually, we get two dates: Jan. 8 and 9, 2011. The location has not been named yet. The first two auditions are Dec. 18 and 19 in Chicago.
This one is a reality show on Oxygen, and the winner is guaranteed a guest role in the third season of the popular musical/comedy show. The following comes from TGP website:
No matter who you are—a Broadway talent or a struggling, singing waiter with a dream in the Midwest—you now have an opportunity to make that dream come true.
Musical theater experience is a plus, but not required. If chosen to participate, professionals will train you, so raw talent is welcome. If you have the performing fundamentals and a big personality, we want to meet you!
Of course, the rules also say you must be at least 18 but able to play a teenager convincingly, so keep that in mind.
Kind of like Curt Mega, the Texas Christian University grad who was seen in Theatre Three's 2008 production of The Light in the Piazza. Mega took off for LA, and was recently cast in Glee. His character will appear in the Nov. 30 episode, as one of the students at Dalton Academy. That's the boy's school that the character Kurt recently visited to be reassured that being an out gay student, and in glee club, can be cool. They did Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream."
You might know Mega from his nationwide Subway commercial. We couldn't find that video online, but you've seen it. There's another commercial featuring Mega below. And because we can't resist, there's also the Glee "Teenage Dream" sequence below (Mega is not in it). And another video below that, of Mega performing a song from Piazza.
I asked Mega about his experience in Glee—he was originally called in to test for the role of Sam, the new blond character—and he responded:
It is a small role but I am so grateful for the chance to work with a truly amazing cast and crew, they were all wonderful. My theatre-nerd-out moment of the week was getting to chat with Matt Morrison on the Paramount lot for about 10 minutes about Piazza and sharing with him how I listened to his voice nonstop for three months while learning the role, and hearing him talk about working with Guettel and collaborating/sharing on ideas for certain aspects of the vocal score as he had a few of his songs still in development while rehearsing it. That was WAY cool, getting to just chat with someone I admire as an artist so much. It was a phenomenal week on set in every way!
Morrison originated the role of Fabrizio on Broadway in Piazza in 2005, which is the same role Mega played in Theatre Three's production. BTW, Mega is married to another former local actress who has had success elsewhere, Kimberly Whalen.
As for The Glee Project auditions, we'll keep you updated with the locations and times in Dallas as we find out.
Here's "Teenage Dream" from Glee.
And here's Curt Mega in a WWE Slurpee commercial:
And here's a video, shot by TheaterJones co-founder Elaine Liner, of Mega singing one of his songs from Piazza, with Terry Dobson at the piano: