The Quest to Become a Blue Man

The Quest to Become a Blue Man

Hopefuls audition at an open casting call for a coveted position that requires you to drum, wear paint, act with your eyes, and not speak a word. (Las Vegas Sun)

Who doesn’t want to drum on PVC pipes and catch marshmallows in their mouth for a living? An open casting call at the Venetian’s Blue Man Theater in Las Vegas brought 157 people with high hopes. Only 20 got callbacks. The Las Vegas Sun followed one Las Vegas-born hopeful through every (non-restricted) step of his audition.

The Blue Men don skull caps and every inch of their heads and faces are covered with wet, sticky, blue paint. They wear identical black outfits, and even their hands are covered in blue. The only discernible feature is their eyes. And they don’t utter a word.

The first Blue Man casting call in Las Vegas in more than two years drew locals and outsiders alike. In this video, we hear from Tim Aumiller, director of casting and training for Blue Man Productions, about what they are looking for. But mostly we follow auditioner Richie Elliot, 30, whose 6-foot lean frame is ideal for the role. He is ecstatic when he finds he is only one of 20 (out of 157 who tried out) to get a callback. But will his drumming and acting abilities be sufficient to ultimately land him the coveted role?

CHANNEL: Las Vegas Sun

Length: 5:12

Producer, videographer, editor, reporter: Katharine Euphrat