Hunt launched for Sunderland dog to appear in Empire show

From Puccini to Poochini – the Empire is on the hunt for a Sunderland dog to appear in opera La Bohème.

Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 3:12 pm
Updated Wednesday, 15th January 2020, 7:24 pm
La Bohème is heading to Sunderland and they need a dog to appear in the opera.

Ellen Kent brings Puccini’s hit opera to the Sunderland Empire on Friday, February 28, and the producer is looking for a local dog to take the lead canine role.

Opera director and producer Ellen 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.”

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Your pet needs to be well behaved, small, used to being around people and quiet - and as their owner, you will need to be prepared to go onstage in costume to look after them.

To audition your dog, send a photograph to [email protected] Make sure to include your contact number and address as well as the breed, height, weight, age and name of your dog. Successful candidates will be contacted directly.