Mike Young Auditioning Grandparents

Mike Young Prods., the independent production company behind the hit PBS animated series, Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks, is auditioning grandparents with grandchildren ages 4 to 8 for a series spots to air during the Emmy-winning show. Auditions are being held on Saturday, May 28, and Saturday, June 4.

Produced for Entara Ltd., Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks has Irish-born Grandpa Piggley, telling tales of his childhood shenanigans on an Irish farm to his three very contemporary, Irish-American "grandpigs." The live-action epilogues will feature grandparents from a variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds talking with their grandchildren about what it means to be a grandparent, and sharing their childhood memories, school experiences and cultural traditions.

Mike Young Prods. is looking for Southern California-based grandparents who hail from exotic lands such as Asia, Africa, the Caribbean Islands, South America, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Both grandparents and grandchildren should speak English and should have outgoing personalities.

"Grandparents enrich their grandchildren’s lives in so many ways," says Mike Young, "not least by teaching them about their own heritage. That’s why we’re excited about spotlighting grandparents from a variety of backgrounds, who can share with children the stories of their youth, and who can articulate how meaningful it is to them to watch a new generation grow into that heritage."

Interested parties should report to Mike Young Prods. at 20335 Ventura Blvd., Suite 225, Woodland Hills, Calif., from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Grandparents wishing to audition should phone Scott Ward at (818) 227-8957 to arrange an interview time. The producers ask that the grandparents be prepared to share stories of their childhood in their native country and should bring any visual aids such as photographs, musical instruments, games and costumes.