‘Wheel of Fortune’ auditions, Wheelmobile coming to casino

The “Wheel of Fortune” Wheelmobile will hold auditions at the Kansas Star Casino this weekend.
The “Wheel of Fortune” Wheelmobile will hold auditions at the Kansas Star Casino this weekend. Courtesy photo

You’re going to have to do a lot more than be able to buy a vowel to get onto the “Wheel of Fortune” when its Wheelmobile comes to the Kansas Star Casino this weekend.

Luck of the draw — before you even get to puzzle-solving ability and personality — will decide whether you are even selected for a shot at spinning the wheel during try-out rounds.

But if you just want to have some fun, the long-running evening game show invites you to apply and to watch your fellow Wheel fans try out Saturday and Sunday at the casino in Mulvane. The event is free.

“From the looks of the Facebook postings, I think there’s a lot of interest. I’ve had people call me and get very excited about it,” Sonya Jackson, public relations manager at Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane, said Monday. Only those 21 and older may attend or apply.

The game show’s website says that thousands of people fill out applications at each event where the Wheelmobile goes, and last year 1 million people applied, with only 600 of those chosen to actually compete on the TV show.

This weekend, the Wheelmobile and its mobile hosts will have three shows Saturday and three Sunday at the casino’s arena. The shows will be at 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday. Each show will last about an hour. Staff members will hand out applications starting an hour before each show.

From those applications, groups of five will be chosen to come to the stage to audition.

“They’re evaluated as a potential contestant, so they’re looking for energetic, enthusiastic and fun people,” Jackson said. The most promising candidates will be invited back for a final audition for the show, according to the “Wheel” website. And a name will be drawn to fill one of the spots in the final audition.

Parking for the event will be in the southeast lot near the arena’s main entrance, Jackson said. Applications will be distributed along the concourse level of the arena, with the front of the line forming near section 211.

The casino is at 777 Kansas Star Drive, off I-35 at Exit 33, in Mulvane.

Annie Calovich: 316-268-6596, @anniecalovich