Yesterday, we reported that Joanna Page had criticised the reality show Superstar. She said: ‘There are actors and musical theatre performers who have given their whole lives to the profession because it is their passion, and then you have some bloody van driver on a show saying “I didn’t do this when I was 12 but I wish I had done, but I didn’t have the guts”. Well, that’s your problem, because you obviously didn’t have the passion, spirit, drive, and the determination, to dedicate your whole life to it.’
Do you think Joanna Page has a valid point?
Andrew Lloyd Webber first embarked on making these reality format shows in 2006 with How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? The show saw Connie Fisher win the lead role in a production of The Sound of Music. This was followed by a number of shows with a similar format: Any Dream Will Do, I’d Do Anything, Over the Rainbow, and this year’s ITV series Superstar.
Do you think the process of casting a theatrical production on television has a bad affect on actors auditioning in the industry?
Do you think people who would ordinarily not be recalled for auditions would have a better chance on a show of this format?
It is important to note that a majority of the winner’s from these shows do have some sort of theatrical experience and training. Connie Fisher, as an example, was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre, attended Mountview Academy of Theatre and Arts and received a Dance and Drama Award funded by the government. Did the reality show How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria? give her a chance she may not have had in the usual circumstances of casting a show like this?
Would you encourage or discourage your students from applying for a television programme like this?
Do you think it could have a negative impact on their careers?
Let us know what you’re thoughts are …