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.
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.”
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.