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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Update on the big news of the week

PBS is planning to unveil a new television show in the fall. It will be called Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman (who is an animated dog). It is a reality game show geared towards the 8-10 year old set, and they are seeking 6 local children to play the parts of the contestants. The Girl and Boy have auditioned for the parts and got a call back this weekend. They were weeded out from quite a few kids, and now there is a second callback. I don't think the Boy will ever be called back, as he was decidedly grumpy today and didn't want to cooperate. The Girl was much more animated and has a good chance of another callback. A couple of kids, from the younger ages, already got callbacks. But for the older teen role, we didn't see anyone in the couple of hours we were there.

The filming will be done on weekends, during school vacations, and almost full time during the summer. The way the auditions were handled was pretty interesting. They hired a lot of older teens, looked to be college aged kids to interact with the kids. The took groups of 8 kids at a time, and first they asked if anyone wanted to sing or do something to show a hidden talent. One girl today belted out a song like she was interviewing for American Idol, while her mom stood outside with all the other parents and was holding a huge file of headshots and photos of parts this kid had, going back to infancy. The poor kid was kind of fugly, and very very 'trained'. She didn't get a callback and Mom wasn't the happiest camper. Most of this group of kids didn't appear to have much talent other than being kids. My kids aren't particularly talented in showbiz stuff either. But they don't have to be to take part in this show. They want kids who are adventurous, smart, curious, and can talk to an animated dog. The dog was the Boy's stumbling block. He just couldn't get beyond the dog. That's fine with me. If this wasn't something he wanted to do, then he would have made our lives miserable anyhow. But the Girl does want to do it.

One of the questions they asked kids was to tell about one things they really wanted to do in the future. The Girl answered that she wanted to cross one of those rickety rope bridges like you see on TV going from mountain to mountain. They said that was the first time they had every heard anyone answer that, but the truth is, she really DOES want to cross one of those bridges. She's a total daredevil and thinks all that stuff looks cool. Me, I'm clutching my heart and feeling faint while watching it from the comfort of my sofa.

So, that's what's been happening at Chez SnackenHaus. If it happens, great. If it doesn't, there will be other things that will.
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21 Comments:

Blogger Carmi said...

All parents of kids who work - or want to work - in the arts should read this entry as a how-to lesson in how to approach it properly.

Please keep us posted: this is SO cool!

11/2/06 8:57 PM  
Blogger used*to*be*me* said...

Oh my Gosh! Good luck. My middle girl is 8 and a total daredevil! I hold my breath so often, I should have brain damage!

11/2/06 9:03 PM  
Blogger used*to*be*me* said...

By the way, Michele sent me.

11/2/06 9:04 PM  
Anonymous Last Girl On Earth said...

How exciting. Can't wait to hear how the Girl makes out. What a great opportunity! Will be crossing my fingers!

11/2/06 9:33 PM  
Blogger sophie said...

How awesome! What a very cool answer for your daughter to give! Here from Michele's.

11/2/06 9:42 PM  
Blogger The Mistress of the Dark said...

Oh how interesting. The last game show type thing PBS did was Carmen Sandiago. I loved that one.

here via Michele's :)

11/2/06 10:00 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

how exciting! Good luck to The Girl.. Keep us posted!!

Michele sent me this time :-)

11/2/06 10:21 PM  
Blogger Shane said...

yikes - no rickety bridges for me.
say, this post smells strangely like chips and salsa.

11/2/06 10:28 PM  
Blogger Indigo said...

That's actually a really cool answer about the rope bridge. I'm not sure it would be my answer though.

Michele sent me tonight!

11/2/06 10:59 PM  
Blogger Guppyman said...

ya know.... i really want to cross one of those bridges too.

Michele says howdy

11/2/06 11:13 PM  
Blogger Canadian Mark said...

Sounds interesting. I'll have to keep an eye open for this. Then again, it's PBS, and like you said, if this doesn't happen, something else will. Greetings from Michele's.

11/2/06 11:18 PM  
Blogger Karen said...

Oh how cool. I've got a couple of kids who could totally get into that.

Here via Michele!

11/2/06 11:22 PM  
Blogger Crayonsetc said...

Oh good luck, I hope she gets it!!! That would be so much fun!!!

Thanks for stopping by Crayons!

11/2/06 11:28 PM  
Blogger deputyswife said...

Wow! This must be exciting for you all! Good luck!

Here via Michele's!

12/2/06 12:00 AM  
Blogger nita said...

i told you those kids are gorgeous!!! and smart, too!!!

12/2/06 12:25 AM  
Blogger Belinda said...

The bridges you tightrope-walk across, or the ones where you use a zip-line? Either way, she scares me! Let us know about the next call-back.

12/2/06 3:25 AM  
Blogger mommyof4 said...

Wow that is so cool, good luck!

12/2/06 10:18 AM  
Blogger mommyof4 said...

Wow that is so cool, good luck!

12/2/06 10:18 AM  
Blogger Celena said...

That's pretty cool! But there's NO WAY, I'D EVER EVER EVER go on one of those bridges!

12/2/06 1:27 PM  
Blogger Courtney said...

I haven't been by in a while; I love the new look!

Good luck to the Girl. That sounds like fun.

12/2/06 5:34 PM  
Blogger WendyWings said...

AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH you encountered a stage mother , fun isn't it LOL
Good luck to both the kids on the callback, don't discount the boy too soon, they might actually want someone who is grouchy and seems a bit removed from the game, casting is always an odd thing.

Totally off topic but the lie reveal is up :)and you have linkage :)even though you guessed twice LOL

12/2/06 8:02 PM  

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