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Er du norsk? TV fame awaits!

Chicago’s O’Connor Casting Company is holding an open casting call on Sunday, October 18th at Seattle’s ACT Theatre for Norwegian-Americans interested in applying for Season 7 of Norway’s hit Reality TV show “Alt for Norge” (AKA “The Great Norway Adventure”).

The Norwegian Emmy award winning series follows 12 Norwegian-Americans who fly to Norway and dive into the culture by competing in a series of fun and adventurous challenges. The winner receives a CASH prize of $50,000.00 and meets Norwegian relatives they don’t even know exist.

According to series Casting Producer Joan O’Connor, Seattle is an ideal place to have an open call. “There are 365,000 Norwegian-Americans in Washington and it’s the perfect place to find fun and adventurous people. We’ve featured someone from Washington every season, including season one winner Doug Miner, and we’d love to discover more!”

The series is tremendously popular in Norway and has featured 70 Americans from all over the United States including season six cast member Joel Hilmo from Bellevue, Washington.

Hilmo says, “It was a life changing experience! I never felt like the crew was creating drama. The whole experience was about falling in love with Norway, which I did.” Some of Hilmo’s adventures range from reconstructing a famous WWII sabotage to sailing an old ship to ski jumping.

But according to fellow season six cast member Hannah Tjoflat, there is also a transformative emotional component to the show. Tjoflat says, “I gained a greater understanding and appreciation for where I come from and it helped me have a better view of where I'm headed. I now have a deeper confidence in who I am in the world and left Norway feeling more empowered than ever."

The open call is on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 10:00am-3:00pm at the ACT Theatre, 700 Union Street, Seattle, WA 98101. Enter at ticket office door. To get on the VIP list (slots are limited) email

If unable to attend the open call, people can still apply online. To be eligible, applicants need to be a U.S. citizen with Norwegian ancestry (even a little bit counts), age 18+ and have never traveled to Norway. For all information and to apply online go to

“Alt for Norge” is produced by Norway’s Monster Entertainment and currently airs only on Discovery Networks Norway. For PRESS INFORMATION contact Joan O’Connor at 312-226-9112 or email To view clips go to the following link.

Preview Clips

Ruby Room Opens Prom Doors with Free Formal Wear
The Ruby Room, a Seattle non-profit boutique, provides free formal gowns to teens whose families are struggling financially. It will hold several Saturday boutique events this spring at which Seattle high school students can select a prom gown and accessories, all free of charge. The dates appear below.

“We have thousands of gowns in all sizes and colors that will flatter every body type,” says Nyla Bittermann, director of the Ruby Room. “If you’re looking for the latest in prom fashion, you’ll find it in our boutique. And best of all, it’s free.”

Seattle Press asked Ruby's representative Jaime whether the gowns were loans or gifts. The answer: "The gowns are gifts to teens whose families are struggling financially. When they make an appointment to come to the boutique, they get to select a dress, matching jewelry, shoes, handbag and even a wrap - all for free. They do not need to bring the items back.

"When I tell the teens they can select all of the above items and not pay a dime," Jaime added, "the look on their faces is priceless. We're talking about girls who are on free- or reduced-lunch programs at school who don't regularly get new clothes, let alone a prom dress and all the accessories."

If you or someone you know needs a gown, you may email to schedule an appointment. Include your name, phone number, high school and date of the dance.

The Ruby Room is currently accepting monetary and accessory donations such as jewelry, shoes and handbags. Visit for more information.

The Ruby Room provides formal attire to teens in financial need, enabling them to participate in their high school community. The organization also provides leadership and education through volunteer opportunities and workshops.

The Ruby Room was founded in 2002 by Nyla Bittermann (Jordan) and Kristen Corning. It all started with 8 volunteers working out of an office in Queen Anne and is now going strong on Capital Hill with over 100 volunteers.

2009 Boutique dates are 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturdays. Appointments are required.
April 4, April 11, April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 30, June 6. Note: No boutique on May 23.

The Ruby Room

Former SP Publisher in Radio Foray
Former Seattle Press publisher Tom Herriman has recently launched Shift Break, a new radio discussion series at KBCS 91.3 FM. Each five minute segment is a commentary or an interview with a newsmaker on subjects ranging from labor issues to international politics.

Herriman published the old Seattle Press from offices in Fremont from 1998 to 2002. The paper concentrated on local news in north Seattle.

This web site maintains the SP online archive as a community service and is not affiliated with the former management.

For more information on the radio series, visit KBCS or Herriman's Shift Break site.