Monday, 19 April 2010

Conleth's Quest for Fame

'Over The Rainbow' isn't the only theatre contest currently on air -- RTE have embarked on a 'Fame' search and one of the finalists has a very strong Rachel connection.

Conleth starred alongside Rachel in 2007 in 'The Wizard of Oz' in Belfast's Lyric Theatre. During her time on IDA, he campaigned both on the online forums and in the 'Vote for Rachel' events.

Here are a couple of previously unseen (by me anyway) photos of Conleth and Rachel and a little about the 'Fame' show. We want to wish Conleth all the very best -- I'll leave the rest of the post to him.

'Rachel is one of the most talented individuals I know and it was an absolute pleasure working with her in 'The Wizard of Oz' back in 2007/8. Watching her dreams come true has been an inspiration and I could not be happier her. I always said she would play 'Elphaba', and she has always wanted to make that happen. Now she is. She really is a role-model to everyone... if you work hard enough, you can make a dream come true. If it wasn't for her doing 'I'd Do Anything', I honestly don't think I would have gone for 'FAME'. Her journey has inspired me, as it has done many others.'

About the Show

Fame The Musical is Ireland's largest ever musical theatre search to find the characters of Nick and Serena for the musical version of the renowned movie and TV Series, Fame. Fame The Musical is set to be one of the country's most ambitious tours of a West End production to date and its first run will be in the spectacular new Grand Canal Theatre.

Fame The Musical will be hosted by Derek Mooney and leading the search will be; stage producer Robert C Kelly, actor and director, Simon Delaney and one of Ireland's most talented musical theatre exports, Jacinta Whyte. Their hunt will take them to Dublin, Cork and the heart of the West End in London, where budding performers will showcase their talent.

The judges will be looking for 'triple threats' to take on the challenging roles of Nick and Serena, so it is vital that the finalists can sing, dance and act. After the auditions, successful candidates will enrol in Fame School, an intense workshop phase where performers will be put through their paces.

On the final day of Fame School the judges will have the hard task of selecting the top six boys and top six girls who will go through to the 8 live shows in the Helix, where the public and the judges will decide who continues in the competition. Robert C Kelly and Simon Delaney will be joined on the judging panel by internationally acclaimed actress, singer and song writer Erica Gimpel, recognised the world over for her role as "Coco Hernandez" in the original hit television series FAME. Of the 12 young hopefuls who make it to the Helix, only one boy will win the part of Nick and only one girl will become Serena, and take pride of place in the nationwide tour of Fame The Musical.

Fame is on every Sunday, RTÉ One, 6.30pm.

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