Tor­res Strait tal­ent search

Townsville Bulletin - - News - by Bar­bara Lynch

TOWNSVILLE ac­tors have the chance to star in a tele­vi­sion drama dubbed ‘‘ So­pra­nos in thongs’’ fol­low­ing the start of the first round of au­di­tions this week.

The Straits fol­lows a fam­ily in­volved in busi­ness, which is a front for more ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties.

Cast­ing di­rec­tor Greg A p p s , w h o w a s i n Townsville for the au­di­tions, said they were l o o k i n g f o r T o r r e s Strait Is­lander ac­tors as w e l l a s o t h e r na­tion­al­i­ties in­clud­ing I ndian, Chinese and Cau­casians.

Ten one-hour episodes will be filmed in Far N o r t h Q u e e n s l a n d a r o u n d t h e T o r r e s Straits and Cairns.

Apps said he wanted The Straits to gen­er­ate a s m u c h , o r m o r e in­ter­est as the Tor­res St r a i t - f i l med Re­mote Area Nurse did when it screened in 2006.

‘‘ We re­ally hope this n e w s e r i e s c r e a t e s op­por­tu­ni­ties for other Tor­res Strait Is­landers to . . . en­ter a life of acting,’’ he said.

They chose Townsville as one of their four cast­ing l oca­tions be- AU­DI­TION NOW: Ac­tor Aaron Fa’aoso with cast­ing con­sul­tant Greg Apps who is look­ing for ac­tors cause there was a large num­ber of Tor­res Strait Is­landers liv­ing here.’’

Apps said The Straits would be viewed as a m a j o r A u s t r a l i a n drama, rather than just a North Queens­land drama.

‘‘ The na­ture of the se­ries is if some­one is fan­tas­tic at au­di­tions, there’s room for them in the se­ries. I want to en­cour­age peo­ple with tal­ent be­cause it’s a rare com­mod­ity,’’ he said.

There are more than 80 speak­ing roles on of­fer in­clud­ing five leads and 15 sup­port­ing roles.

Film­ing is ex­pected to start in May for up to 16 weeks and the show will air next year on the ABC.

Ac­tor David BrookeTay­lor au­di­tioned for the role of an el­derly phar­ma­cist.

‘‘ I’ve ap­peared in a few T o w n s v i l l e L i t t l e Theatre plays where I’ve had to act big to get all my lines out there but tele­vi­sion is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent. I was told I was over-acting so hope­fully I didn’t muck it up too much,’’ he said.

The 60-year-old hoped to hear in four weeks.

Tal­ent scouts con­tin­ued t heir s earch i n C a i r n s y e s t e r d a y , T h u r s d a y I s l a n d o n Mon­day and Tues­day and Ba­m­aga on Wed­nes­day. Hope­fuls can email sub­mis­sions@ gre­gapp­scast­ing. com. au.

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