Who Wants To Be a Millionaire - Play It! Auditions
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On Monday, June 16th, at the St. Regis Hotel, auditions were held for hosts of the new Who Wants To Be a Millionaire - Play It! attraction, opening this fall at Disney's California Adventure. Dozens of actors - many already employed at the Disneyland Resort showed up to give their one minute monologue and hopefully get a callback.
The Regis wanna-bes
The Casting Director for the attraction is Megan Bywater. We had the opportunity to sit down with Megan and ask her about the process:
LaughingPlace.com: What are you looking for today in a Regis?
Megan Bywater: Today Im looking for someone who has a great personality, a sense of humor, someone who is quick witted. They must have very good improv skills because you never know what is going to happen with the guest sitting across from them in the chair. Were casting both male or female. And were not necessarily looking for a Regis look a like. Were looking for a host.
LP: What are these auditioners going to go through?
MB: What weve asked them to do is weve asked them to prepare a one minute monologue, something that is lighthearted that shows their personality. We might ask them a few questions and thats how were going to handle it today. If they get invited to come to callbacks Ill ask them to were going to play the game a little bit - one will play the guest. And well go back and forth, ask the questions, and do a little spiel about Millionaire.
Megan explains the process to the auditioners
LP: How many people will you be selecting?
MB: Were looking at maybe around eight. Thats not a firm number. Thats still up in the air.
LP: Will there be other auditions?
MB: We will be going to San Francisco. Ill be going to San Francisco later this week. And once Ive seen everyone in Los Angeles and San Francisco Ill make my casting decisions from there.
LP: Is Regis the only role you are casting for?
MB: Yes, were considering it the host but that host will also do some floor manager stuff so it is really, truly is the only thing we are casting.
LP: Ive seen it in Florida where the cast members rotate roles. Will it be the same thing here?
MB: Same thing! Yes, theyre going to rotate through. Were excited to be here. We know its a huge success in Florida so were looking to do the same out here. See some great actors and have a great show.