Triple Sensation made its way to Vancouver for the Western Canada auditions in its second episode on Monday night. Last week, I said I’d be keeping an eye out for any familiar faces.
I was struck with déjà vu not once, but twice, by two of the featured auditioners. Georgia Swinton and Andrew Cohen, who both recently impressed in A New Brain (Pipedream Theatre), were among forty hopefuls trying out for six spots.
Swinton was critiqued for her performance of “Don’t Rain on My Parade” (Funny Girl) by the judging panel. Composer Marvin Hamlisch (A Chorus Line) arbitrarily panned her song choice and suggested something funnier would have been better suited. Swinton does have ample comedic charms as evidenced in A New Brain, and will hopefully soon have a chance to show off her range to Vancouver audiences in future roles.
A New Brain’s leading man Cohen sang a stirring rendition of “The Old Red Hills of Home” (Parade). His strong vocals, along with his monologue and dance audition, landed him one of the six Vancouver spots in the finals.
Next week the Vancouver and Toronto top sixes join in a master class session, a kind of theatrical boot camp.
Triple Sensation airs in six parts, Mondays on CBC, through July 27th.