April 7, 2020

More than 2,500 aspiring actors lined up in St. Thomas, Ont., to audition for an upcoming Apple TV series.

See stars Jason Momoa as Baba Voss, the leader of a tribe in the show who protects a family secret and moves his people to a new land.

Auditions were held Tuesday, Jan. 21 at the Fanshawe Career & Employment Services on Wellington Street.

See takes place in the distant future, after a deadly virus decimated humankind. Those who survived emerged blind. Jason Momoa stars as Baba Voss — the father of twins born centuries later with the mythic ability to see — who must protect his tribe against a powerful yet desperate queen who wants the twins destroyed,” states the Apple TV+ website.

SEE Official Trailer | Apple TV+

Only 23.5 per cent of people who applied to the Apple TV+ production of See will be chosen on Jan. 29. 

That’s 600 out of the 2,543 applicants, but those odds didn’t stop hopeful people from packing the Elgin Centre.

“I’ve always wanted to be an actress ever since I was a little girl, but I was always scared, and for some reason now I have the time — I’m not working — it’s on the bucket list,” said Maryanne Gegeny of Tillsonburg, Ont.

Colby Hall of Toronto, Ont., decided to take his past acting experience and use it to his advantage.

“I acted for a long time and then quit for a while, as you do. I guess my biggest credit was Zombieland … I was a zombie in that 10, 12 years ago,” he said. 

Hall drove around two hours to apply, but he didn’t have the longest commute.

According to John Griffiths, Manager of the Fanshawe Career and Employment Services in St. Thomas, the farthest applicants were from Ottawa and Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.

Long lines kept applicants in the Eglin Centre for hours to get their chance to be an extra in the Apple TV+ production of See on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Broderick Visser / Spoke News)

These large crowds, which wrapped around the mall all day on Jan. 21, helped local businesses economically.

Broderick Visser reports from St. Thomas, Ontario.

@BroderickVisser via Twitter

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