Tuesday 19 September 2017

The search is on for performers to join the 'most ambitious' Late Late Toy Show opening ever

Ryan Tubridy with prospective performers for this year's Late Late Toy Show
Ryan Tubridy with prospective performers for this year's Late Late Toy Show
Ryan Tubridy dressed as Lumiere for the opening of the ‘Beauty and the Beast’-themed ‘Late Late Toy Show'
Ryan Tubridy on RTE's The Late Late Toy Show Picture: Andres Poveda
Late Late Toy Show Cork auditions
John Joe Brennan on the Late Late Toy Show in 2009 when he was 8 years old
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It's one of the most anticipated TV events of the year and work is already underway on the biggest Late Late Toy Show opening ever.

The programme is hitting the road in search of the country's best young performers as they plan a spectacular show-stopper to kick off the festive special.

It's proving to be a mammoth challenge so producers have drafted in students from IADT Dun Laoghaire to help make their epic vision become a reality.  

The Late Late Toy Show producer Katherine Drohan revealed: “This year’s opening number is the most ambitious we have ever staged. More than 60 students from IADT Dun Laoghaire are working on special pieces to feature in the opening of the show.

Late Late Toy Show Cork auditions
Late Late Toy Show Cork auditions
Late Late Toy Show Cork auditions

"Sworn to secrecy, these students have been working tirelessly on the project for weeks now. The giant characters they are creating will be an integral part of an opening that will stretch the limits of The Late Late Toy Show studio and the imagination”.

The show is touring the country to find dancers, singers and musicians to take part in this year's special. It kicks off today in Cork, before hitting the road in Galway and Dundalk in the regional auditions.

Late Late Toy Show Cork auditions
Late Late Toy Show Cork auditions

Ryan Tubridy said: “I am tremendously excited to be taking the show on the road again. We did this for the first time last year and we uncovered some hidden gems that we really wouldn’t have discovered had we not taken the Toy Show to them. Their contribution to last year’s show was immense. There is so much untapped talent in this country and I’m really looking forward to getting out there and finding it”.

Unsurprisingly the show has received thousands of applications. Over the course of the next three days, in a closed audition process, they’ll meet singers, dancers and musicians from as young as four-years-old and from all across Ireland. Some will perform alone and others will be part of choirs and groups with as many as 70 members.

Late Late Toy Show Cork auditions
Late Late Toy Show Cork auditions

“I am told the standard is even higher this year,” said Ryan Tubridy, “Which is some feat given the sheer breadth of talent we unearthed on our travels last year. It’s going to be great”.

This year's show will air on Friday, December 2.

Applications have also opened for audience tickets for The Late Late Toy Show this year. The tickets have a notoriously high demand, with free gifts and prizes given to the audience during the show in the run-up to Christmas.

However, tickets are allocated on a random selection basis, so anyone at all could be in with the chance of nabbing one. To apply for tickets, you must first sign in or create an RTE account here.

Ryan Tubridy with the performers on set of the Late Late toy Show 2013. Pic Andres Poveda
Ryan Tubridy with the performers on set of the Late Late toy Show 2013. Pic Andres Poveda

The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 are joining The Late Late Toy Show on the road with live broadcasts from: The English Market in Cork; Charlie Byrne’s Bookstore in Galway and MacAteer’s The Food House Cafe in Dundalk.

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