Network to showcase Fairfield
Fairfield will be the subject of a nationally broadcast television show to air this spring. In fact, it’s not too late to become a cast member on this show, which will feature the top variety acts from the area.
The program is part of a reality TV series known as “Showville,” which will air on AMC. The producers of the show will hold open auditions at the Stephen Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts from 4-8 p.m. Monday.
According to the network’s flier about the show, it is looking for any sort of act such as a magician, juggler, dancer, singer, musician, comedian and ventriloquist, to name a few. Participants must be at least 18 years old.
The producers will select four finalists from Monday’s auditions who will then perform in front of a local audience Thursday, Feb. 7, also at the Sondheim Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and taping will commence at 7 p.m. The audience will vote on the winner, who will receive $10,000 in prize money. Talent coaches will work with the finalists to hone their acts in between the casting call and the finale.
Rustin Lippincott, executive director of the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, will host the finale.
“I’m encouraging the entire community to come out for this,” he said. “This is a great opportunity. Not often does a community of Fairfield’s size get to showcase its people and their talents.”
There is no charge to attend the finale Feb. 7. Attendees will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional information about attending the Feb. 7 finale will be published as soon as it is available.
Area residents may already be familiar with this program under its earlier name, “Road Show.” In October, the producers of Road Show visited Fairfield to find out what variety acts the town had to offer. Frazier Bain, the producer of the show, said the network was impressed with the city’s rich history, and decided to devote one of the hour-long episodes to Fairfield.
“We visited different cities all over the country a couple of months ago,” he said. “Fairfield was a place with an undiscovered pool of talent.”
Bain made it clear that even people who auditioned for the show in October will need to audition again Monday. Participants must fill out documents such as an audition release before they audition. Those documents can be found at www.storyvisionentertainment.com/roadshow.
According to the network’s Web site, participants must come to Monday’s open audition with at least two acts ready to perform. Acts are to be no more than 90 seconds. Performers, including those who use music as accompaniment, may only use music from the pre-approved song list on the website, unless they are performing an original piece.
Questions about the performance rules can be directed to “Richard” at 818-431-0219. The producers of “Showville” have focused on finding talent in small towns. The other cities that will be featured in the series are Holland, Mich., Kingston, R.I., Walla Walla, Wash., San Marcos, Texas, Hugo, Okla., Mount Airy, N.C. and Athens, Ohio.