Beaufort News

Yemassee residents audition for proposed reality TV show

Cameras are rolling in Yemassee this weekend to determine if the town will make the cut for a new reality TV show.

Yemassee is one of three finalists auditioning for "The Week the Women Went", a social experiment that captures what happens to a small town when all the women disappear.

To find out who gets the spotlight, three camera crews are shooting what executive producer Jon Kroll called "the mother of all movie trailers".

They're hoping to find slices of life and colorful characters by interviewing as many locals as possible. The footage will be pitched to the Lifetime network which will determine if Yemassee gets the starring role, Kroll said.

The casting call started on Friday when more than a hundred people packed the fire department barn behind Town Hall to fill out applications and sign legal agreements.

Resident Margie Fennell said she's looking for the free vacation she'll be treated to if the town is picked. While the women are off relaxing, the men and children left behind have to fend for themselves and complete a community project.

Her husband, she expects, will be able to manage just fine on his own.

"In fact, he might like the idea," she laughed.

The revenue the show would bring in would give the town a much-needed boost, Fennell added.

Downtown business owner Paula Flowers, a town cheerleader who helped Yemassee get Hollywood's attention, said she's sure the town will be picked.

There have been some positive signs. Katie MacIntosh of BBC Worldwide Productions told the potential stars they were "a casting director's dream."

On Saturday, the Hollywood team scoured the town for interviews. The show will focus on certain families but those who are camera-shy should still try out, producers said.

They hope to send as many as 200 women on vacation, McIntosh said.

The town will know by June if it's going to be in the spotlight.