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'Sesame Street' to hold open audition for new Latino character

August 08, 2012|By Patrick Kevin Day
  • Desiree Casado, left, Emilio Delgado and Sonia Manzano on "Sesame Street."
Desiree Casado, left, Emilio Delgado and Sonia Manzano on "Sesame… (PBS )

If you're Latino and are in the New York area, you could have a chance at taking up residence at a very exclusive address: Sesame Street.

According to the Associated Press, the long-running PBS children's show, which is in its 43rd season, is holding an open audition at New York City's Roseland Ballroom on Aug. 20 to find a bilingual Latino person between the ages of 18 and 25 to join the series as a recurring character.

This wouldn't be the first Latino to be a human member of the cast. Miguel (played by Jaime Sanchez) was the first Latino cast member of "Sesame Street" in 1970. He left in 1971 and was replaced by Luis (played by Emilio Delgado), Maria (played by Sonia Manzano) and, briefly, Luis' partner in his Fix-It shop, Rafael (played by Raul Julia).

The first Latino puppet, Rosita, debuted in 1993.

"We hope many people show up," Rocio Galarza, senior director of content planning, design and outreach for Sesame Workshop, told the AP. He also said that the show's upcoming 44th season would focus on Hispanic heritage.

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