Opera Directors Are Looking For Dogs To Join The Cast Of La Bohème

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Opera Directors Are Looking For Dogs To Join The Cast Of La Bohème

La Bohème is coming to Manchester’s Palace Theatre and the director is looking for adorable pooches to join its cast.

Has your dog got what it takes to be a star? Do you think your best friend could be the next canine equivalent of Brad Pitt or Meryl Streep? They could win a place in the spotlight in La Bohème, coming to the Palace Theatre in Manchester on January 21 – 22, 2020.

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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 Golightly 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.”

There are a few rules: your pet needs to be well behaved, small, quiet and used to being around a lot of people. Owners will also need to be prepared to be part of the show as they may need to go on stage in costume to look after their pup. 

To audition your canine buddy send a photograph to Angela Klappa at angela@ellenkent.co.uk and include your contact number and address, as well as the breed, height, weight, age and the name of your dog. Successful applicants will be contacted a week before the performance. 

Ellen Kent brings one of the most romantic operas ever written to the stage in her new tour, traditionally staged featuring beautiful sets and costumes. Written in 1895, the set promises to reflect the Bohemian art of the period and will include a brass band, snow effects and a full choir and orchestra. It will also be performed in traditional Italian with English surtitles.

 Italian opera composer, Giacomo Puccini’s masterpiece, La Bohème, is based on Henri Murger’s novel Scenes de la vie de Bohème. Set in Paris, it focuses on the tragic love between seamstress Mimi and penniless poet Rodolfo.

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