Casting Calls

Showville: Back! - and now auditioning for more small town variety acts

Written by TVSA Team from the blog Casting Calls on 17 Jul 2018
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SABC2's small town talent contest Showville has been renewed for a second season and the search is on for original acts from South Africa's small towns.

Some things stay the same for Season 2

The format remains the same as the first season. If you aren't familiar with it, this is the official description:

The series travels to small towns for a three-day audition to search for original variety acts.

On Day One, the series coaches/presenters host open auditions. Performers of all types are welcome to strut their stuff and share their stories. At the end of the day, the coaches select the four acts they feel will put on the best show for the town. These are The Finalists.

On Day Two, coaches begin their mentorship of each finalist in preparation for the big show, in between juggling their real jobs, their families and their nerves.

Day Three brings the final competition, presented at a well-known town venue in front of a live, local audience. Now it's all up to the performers' fellow citizenry - including friends, family, co-workers and neighbours - to choose the winning performer.

The winner receives R10,000 and a glittering trophy signifying that they are the star of their town.

Some things change for Season 2

The series was hosted and coached by Rob van Vuuren and Bontle Modiselle in Season 1 and this season the hosts are dancer, choreographer and actress Lorcia Cooper and TV presenter and voice artist Morena ‘The Squire’ Sefatsa.

Who is Showville looking for?

The series is looking for any entertaining, unsual or quirky acts. Anything from juggling, magic tricks, unicycling clown acts, comedy shows, contortionism, belly-dancing, gymnasts, speed-crocheting or whistling.

Of course you can sing and/or dance too - but these aren't the only acts the show's looking for.

The auditions

The first batch of auditions for Season 2 were held in February this year and the second batch are happening as we speak.

The audition towns

These are the towns the show will be auditioning in over the next two months:

Louis Trichardt (Makohado) - 19 July 2018
Tzaneen - 23 July 2018
Phalaborwa - 26 July 2018
Lydenburg (Mashishing) - 30 July 2018
Sabie - 02 August 2018
White River - 6 August 2018
Baberton - 9 August 2018
Ermelo - 13 August 2018
Piet Retief - 16 August 2018
Volksrust - 20 August 2018
Standerton - 23 August 2018
Bethal - 27 August 2018

How to audition

If you live in one of these towns, all you need to do is arrive at the venue and perform your act.

Audition must-knows

- Only people aged 16 and over may audition.

- Only South Africans - or those with SA permanent residency - can audition. You need to take your ID to the auditions. The show's talent catchment area is approximately within a 50km radius of a venue.

- Acts can be from 1 person to 4 people maximum.

- Don't wear any branded clothing to auditions - or subsequent shoots, should you be selected as a finalist.

- Audition slots are 90 seconds each.

- The results of all the auditions will be final and the coaches won't get involved in debates.

- Audition and Registration starts at 10h30 and closes at 14h00 and includes pre-screening. Final auditions will be between 14h00 and 17h00, whereafter the four finalists are announced at 18h30.

- All those who audition must be available to attend the finalist selection at 19h00 on the same day. Four finalists will be chosen from the auditioned acts.

- Finalists must be available for the next 2 days to attend coaching sessions and other filming sessions.

- Finalists must allow the crew to visit them at their homes and, if they work, possibly at their places of work.

- If there are too many people who arrive for the auditions, senior members of the production team will do pre-screening auditions. Given time and capacity constraints, the number of applications may also be limited by the producers without prior warning.

You can stay up to date with what's happening with the auditions on the show's Facebook page here: Showville SA

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