Glee holds open auditions at UD

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Christine Hardey
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Well, it’s official.  The moment many of us have been waiting for.  “Glee” is coming to the University of Dallas.

No, not the show – the “Project.”  “The Glee Project” is a TV show of its own.  Hitting the small screen last summer on Oxygen, this TV show scopes out new talent to appear in starring roles for the hit television series on Fox. The project has been optioned again for summer 2012, and the masses are looking forward to another season of the singing competition.

Lucky for all you singing UDers, you won’t have to go far to get discovered and make all the dreams of your youth come true.

I caught up with “Glee” producer Ryan Murphy last week.  I thought the arrival of the project on our campus might have to do with past runner-up Lindsay Pearce working with UD students over the recent Christmas break – apparently this was an unrelated decision.

He briefly explained his reasoning behind choosing our university.  “I’ve heard UD students are hard workers and very liberally educated.  We really want that kind of raw quality for the show.”

Murphy and “The Glee Project” mentors may be surprised to find that this assumption is false.  Still, that doesn’t mean that we can’t audition!

The project’s choreography mentor “Zach” had only one thought to share with us: “I just hope these kids can dance.”

Hopefully swing dancing is an acceptable talent for this competition.

Campus is already buzzing with the news.  “I’m so excited to hear the news about ‘The Glee Project’,” senior Monica Gallagher gushes. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that most aspiring signers and actresses only dream of.  There is so much talent at UD, and I hope the producers of ‘Glee’ find what they are looking for!”

The auditions for the second season of the competition began in November, so one can’t help but wonder if this visit to our university is a last-ditch effort to round up extra talent.

Well, we’ll see if they discover what they thought they would.  Auditions will be held this Wednesday, April 4 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Gorman Faculty Lounge.  Good luck!

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