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Can you make 'The Cut'? | Klaas

Wannabes and all-stars are welcome.

Be prepared for repetitious drills and numerous takes, sound instruction and occasional criticism. Anticipate frustrating whiffs at the fastball and ghastly gaffes in the field.

Most of all, be ready for plenty of drama on and off the diamond.

Marco Angulo – longtime writer, producer and actor – has issued a casting call for baseball players 18 and older to toil and shine on television. He intends to put Kent, Auburn and the Green River Valley on the reality TV show map with his latest, unscripted project.

Baseball is the backdrop for "The Cut", a series that follows the storylines of local players and coaches as they interact on and off the field.

The show follows four locally-grown, 15-member baseball teams, each hand-selected by the reality show's coaches, as they come together to struggle, improve and compete for bragging rights.

Tryouts and a casting call begin Sunday afternoon at Big League Edge in north Auburn.

The show is designed to combine drama with action, misfits with experienced players. Sort of a "Bad News Bears" meets "The Biggest Loser".

"Like most reality shows, we're looking to cast real people with real personalities," said Angulo, who moved to Federal Way after working in the entertainment industry for 25 years in Southern California. "We're looking for people who have played baseball as well as those who have not."

"We hope to attract regular Joes and pros," Angula added. "It's an opportunity to help guide somebody to a better place by using baseball as a way to get there."

Joining Angulo and Hat Dance Productions on the project is Nicholas Crane – an English geographer, explorer, writer and broadcaster – who has written and presented notable TV series for the BBC.

Angulo's wife, Denise Davert, is the series' executive producer.

Once the cast has been secured, producers plan to begin a projected six weeks of local filming in August.

Ultimately, the producers hope a cable network picks up the pilot.

The producers are working with BLE founder and operator Jim Parque, a former major league pitcher, on the project.

"Jim has been telling me about incidents and events that go on at his place," Angulo said. "It's ripe with stories and personalities. ... It should be exciting."

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Tryouts, casting call: Sunday, March 3, Big League Edge, 501 42nd St. NE, Auburn. Check-in begins at 2 p.m., filming 4-10 p.m. Register online at BaseballRealityShow@gmail.com. Participants must be 18 years or older. The project is a show concept; no payment.

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