Reality show auditions to be held in HFAC

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    By Noelle Lau

    Reality Experiment, Inc. is holding auditions for three pilot television shows in the Harris Fine Arts Center on Saturday, Sept. 15.

    The auditions will be held in B-201 of the HFAC from 2-6 p.m., but Heidi Reed, secretary for the Theater Department, said BYU is in no way sponsoring the event.

    Lawrence Porter, a BYU alumnus, is spearheading the project. Porter said these pilots would be shown to network producers later this fall.

    “Currently the three pilots are on the wraps with code names Moe, Larry and Curly,” Porter said.

    But Porter reassured NewsNet that the pilots are, “following uplifting and LDS principles.”

    This statement could be a calming reassurance to BYU students who wish to audition.

    “I don”t really have a lot of respect for the current reality TV shows,” said Nicki Roberts, 20, a junior majoring in interior design from Thousand Oaks, Calif.. “They aren”t clean, and they tend to be popular because of the backbiting and drama, not any worthwhile content.”

    Porter said the idea for the reality TV pilots came after he had been rejected by every reality show he applied for including, ABC”s “The Mole.”

    Finding no luck in front of the camera, Porter said he posted discussion groups on the Internet seeking other “rejects” to brainstorm ideas for a new type of reality show.

    The original group of rejects came together and created the three pilots, soon to be shot by Porter and his crew Sept. 28-29 and Oct. 5-6 in Moab, Grand County.

    “We are looking for a very good cross section,” Porter said. “We not only need young college age students, but minorities and people that are older.”

    Porter said that his group is looking for 15-20 participants that qualify.

    Those interested in auditioning must fit the part, feel comfortable in front of the camera and must be committed to completing the project.

    Porter said his group is not necessarily looking for people who know how to act.

    “I would totally audition for a ”Survivor” type show,” said Cody Smart, 22, a junior majoring in construction management from San Diego. “Not only would I try out, I would win.”

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