If your Terrier is ready to tread the boards, or your Shih Tzu is searching for the spotlight, or your Corgi can’t wait for curtain up, they could win a place centre stage in the opera La Bohème.
The producers of the show are looking for a dog and its owner to join the cast of the production, which comes to Hull City Hall on 17 March.
Award-winning opera director and producer Ellen Kent said: “People say never work with children or animals, but I love to do both. The first time was 20 years ago when my pet cat Holly Go-Lightly was in one of my productions and was an instant hit. Since then we’ve had horses, dogs, goldfish and even a golden eagle with a 6ft wingspan on stage.
“Many years ago, when we last did La Bohème and asked local people to volunteer their pets it was a huge success. We even used a rescue dog once and found him dozens of new owners. We’re a nation of animal lovers after all. I’m sure there is plenty of doggie talent out there.”
The pet needs to be well behaved, small, used to people and quiet – and as their owner, you will need to be prepared to go onstage in costume to look after him or her.
To audition your dog, send a photograph to Angela Klappa; her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org Please include your contact number and address as well as the breed, height, weight, age and name of your dog. If you are successful, you will be contacted a week before the performance.
Puccini’s masterpiece is one of the most romantic operas ever written. It tells the tragic tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer. Set within the attics and backstreets of Bohemian Paris it reflects the art of the period and includes, a brass band, snow effects, full choir and orchestra and of course Muzetta’s dog.
This classic tale of Parisian love and loss features many famous arias including Your Tiny Hand is Frozen, They Call Me Mimi and Muzetta’s Waltz.
Tickets are on sale now. Book at the Hull City Hall Box Office, call 01482 300 306 or visit www.hulltheatres.co.uk to book online.
[David Paine – Hull City Hall & Hull New Theatre]