Could your dog act in the opera?
April 05, 2012
When your pet pooch is asleep in his basket does he look like he’s dreaming of chasing rabbits or could he be imagining a life of fame and fortune on the stage?
If it’s the latter, then the Ukrainian National Opera of Karkiv wants to hear from you.
The acclaimed company is bringing its production of La Boheme to the Reading Hexagon later this month and they are looking for a local dog to star in the show.
“People say never work with children or animals but I love to do both,” says brave director and producer Ellen Kent.
“Many years ago when we last did La Boheme and asked local people to volunteer their pets it was a huge success.
“We even used a rescue dog once and found him new owners.”
The company is looking for a small, well-behaved canine thespian to star in the role of Muzetta’s pet dog for the show at The Hexagon on Sunday, April 29.
La Boheme, which is based on Henri Murger’s novel Scenes de la vie de Boheme, tells the love story of seamstress Mimi and poet Rodolfo.
After falling in love instantly, Rodolfo later leaves Mimi due to her flirtatious behaviour, but he is wracked by guilt because he thinks their life together has worsened Mimi’s delicate constitution.
In true tragic opera fashion, the pair reunite briefly but it is far from a happy ending.
International sopranos Elena Dee and Maria Tsonina take the leading roles of Mimi and Muzetta but they are looking for a four-legged actor to complete the cast.
If your dog is a bit of a drama queen at dinner time or enjoys making himself known when out on a walk, the stage could be calling.
To audition your dog, send a photograph to Louise Delahunty at Derek Block Concert Promotions, 70-76 Bell Street, Marylebone, London NW1 6SP, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. You must include your contact number and address as well as the breed, height, weight and name of your dog. The closing date is Monday, April 16.
La Boheme will be at The Hexagon on Sunday, April 29, at 7.30pm. Tickets start at £27.50 and can be bought by calling the box office on (0118) 960 6060.