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Vegas Show Looks for Gymnastic Talent

Multimillion-dollar show holds casting call at prominent North Texas gym



    In most job interviews, it’s not good to sweat, fall flat on your face or grunt -- unless you're a gymnast trying out for a Las Vegas show.

    The hit show "Le Reve" at the Wynn Hotel and Casino held a casting call at Frisco's World Olympic Gymnastics Academy.

    Casting director Louanne Madorma said the training of North Texas gymnasts is unparalleled.

    “WOGA is the only place to go,” said Madorma, who was on her second trip here in three years.

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    “I want the gymnasts that are finished competing -- the ones that are retired that are definitely done, and then you can offer them another career," she said.

    "Le Reve" has 91 cast members -- including seven former Olympians -- and a production budget of almost $146 million.

    Axel Osborne and Teresa Phipps were invited back after the open casting call for a second look at their skills.

    Both say that being gymnasts in North Texas gives them a competitive advantage over others. WOGA has trained Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin, Olympic gold medalist Carly Patterson and other prominent U.S. gymnasts.

    Osborne and Phipps said it also doesn’t hurt to find employment utilizing the skills learned in a sport that normally offers few post-competition career opportunities.

    “I think it's great that gymnastics has grown enough to be able to attract people, to know that this is where you come to get great gymnasts,” Osborne said.

    Madorma said she will be auditioning gymnasts in two more states before inviting a select few to Vegas to work out in a final tryout. She expects to have all of "Le Reve's" new performers selected by the first week of June.