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Largo High students prepare for MTV casting call

LARGO — One Largo High School student could be among the next crop of teenagers to be featured on MTV's hit reality show Made.

The show is conducting a casting call at the school today exclusively for students at the 1,647-member campus interested in setting a goal and getting the show's producers help to achieve it while cameras roll.

Principal Marjorie Sundstrom said last week that she was open to the casting call largely because of the learning opportunity it provides.

"The way I look at it, if there are students who would enjoy and learn from the experience, then it's worth it," Sundstrom said.

Made has done casting calls in the Tampa Bay area before, including stops at Tampa Bay Technical in Tampa, Lakewood High in St. Petersburg and Countryside in Clearwater. The show's most recent subjects have included a tomboy who wanted to be a pageant queen, a dwarf who wanted to be a rapper and a couch potato who wanted to become a volleyball player.

Today, Largo students will conduct their five- to seven-minute minute interviews with a producer sporting a hand-held camera. If a student seems like a good fit for the show, a producer will return and follow him or her for two days to get a better sense of the teen's day, family and friends.

Using that information, producers will decide whether they want to feature the student in a show. If so, the show's crew will return and shoot for about five weeks.

Sundstrom said there has been plenty of student buzz. Despite the excitement, she said she's doing what she can to impress upon students the importance of going into the experience with their eyes open.

"I'm warning kids that sometimes they show their flaws too," she said. "It's kind of like reality TV. They are, in a sense providing the footage, but they're not in control of the final product."

Rebecca Catalanello can be reached at rcatalanello@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8707.

Largo High students prepare for MTV casting call 10/19/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 11:53pm]
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