Iftah Ya Simsim, the Arabic television series targeted towards children ages 4-6, is calling on talented, funny and classical Arabic speaking actors to be part of the upcoming show’s cast list.
The audition is open to male and females aged 18-28, who enjoy interacting with children, singing, dancing and storytelling. Two successful entrants will earn the opportunity to join the show’s most popular characters, No’man and Melsoon, alongside a cast of feathered friends.
Cairo Arafat, Managing Director of Bidaya Media - a children’s education content Development Company - said: “I am confident about the wealth of acting talent across the region and the potential impact that these new cast members could have in further enriching Iftah Ya Simsim’s Arabic content. The show has an established track record, and we aim to leverage and then surpass it by truly creating unique edutaining Arabic content for a new generation.”
“With the support of key partners and talent that exemplifies the region’s capabilities and heritage, we are on the right track to deliver high-end and age appropriate content which is grounded in local insight,” Arafat added.
Interested applicants from across the region are invited to generate a one minute entertaining video clip to showcase their sense of humor and presenting skills to band together with kids and puppets. The short clip must be composed in classic Arabic and submitted here before October 31st, 2014, along with a brief profile about the applicant.
Throughout this process, Bidaya Media has partnered with relevant entities to support in the production of Iftah Ya Simsim. Strategic production partner, the Joint Program Production Institute (JPPI) for the Gulf states, will produce the show’s live action films for children and dubbed materials.
Blink Studios, a content creation production studio based in the UAE, will lead on the production of Iftah Ya Simsim’s all studio segments from script to screen as well as post-production, while LammTara Art Production EST will be responsible for producing the semi-animated book story segment.
Iftah Ya Simsim will be headed into the studio this January. The series is expected to debut across the region in early 2015.