CBC Television will broadcast the new show slated to air in the 2007-08 season that will "showcase a national search for young Canadians who share a passion for the performing arts and are blessed with a combination of talents in the disciplines of acting, singing and dance."
The show will gather its talent from the pool of Canadians, ages 16-26. "We urge all performance arts educators across the country to encourage their eligible students to register to be part of this experience," stated Drabinsky in an announcement. "It is our hope that the talented young competitors who make it past the initial audition phase will be a collection of sexy, irrational, disarming, emotional, funny, dynamic, raw and conflicted human beings who truly reflect the multi-cultural fabric of Canada."
From open call auditions at Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver — where performers must perform a monologue and a song — approximately 600 will be asked to return for a callback in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax. The group will then be whittled down to about 120 who will move on to perform before a "Marquee Panel" who represent different facets of the world of theatre including Director, Actor, Choreographer, Composer and Producer.
Filling those roles will be former artistic director of England's Royal Shakespeare Company Adrian Noble (Director), Stratford Festival of Canada veteran Cynthia Dale (Actor), provider of Jersey Boys' dance moves Sergio Trujillo (Choreographer), song man behind A Chorus Line Marvin Hamlisch (Composer) and Kiss of the Spider Woman and Fosse backer Garth H. Drabinsky (Producer).
Once they have surpassed the Marquee Panel, only 12 auditioners will make it to the "Master Class" phase in Toronto in June of 2007. There, the competitors will undergo "a month-long intensive crashcourse training in various disciplines from master teachers and instructors who are leaders and innovators of the continent's finest theatrical educational institutions" as overseen by actress Diane D'Aquila. Andrew Craig will serve as host for the show. The final phase of the series will feature the remaining competitors performing "a wider range of drama, vocal performance and dance based on weekly themes," according to notes.
For audition and further information, visit the website at triplesensation.ca.