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Karl May production makes cowboy casting call

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Karl May production makes cowboy casting call
The open-air stage in Bad Segeberg last year. Photo: DPA
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Germans looking to live out their Wild West fantasies of being a gunslinging cowboy or Indian are in luck: the Karl May festival in Bad Segeberg needs experienced horseback riders as extras for this summer's performance.

New festival director Donald Kraemer plans to begin rehearsals of the open-air stage adaptation of the classic Karl May novel Der Schatz im Silbersee, or Treasure of Silver Lake, in late May.

Festival organiser Ute Thienel said they are hoping for a larger contingent of male auditioners this year, since past turnout of riders has been predominantly female. Extras must be at least 16-years-old.

Though he never travelled to the American frontier himself, May's popular works written in the late 1800s helped form the German public's image of the Wild West for generations to come. His characters Old Shatterhand and Winnetou are still some of the best known in German fiction.

The Karl May theatrical company has produced adaptations of May's beloved tales of the Wild West since 1952. Touted as one of the most beautiful open air theatres in Europe, the company's traditional home stage in the state of Schleswig-Holstein can accommodate up to 7,500 viewers.

Der Schatz im Silbersee premieres on June 27 and will run through September 6. Film and TV actor Erol Sander will once again appear as Apache chief Winnetou.

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