Pet dog wanted to appear in La Bohème at Hull City Hall
It’s a key venue for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, hosting world-class musicians, headline comedy acts and family-friendly entertainment.
Now award-winning opera director and producer Ellen Kent is searching for a pet pooch with star quality to take centre stage at Hull City Hall. The winning dog will be in the spotlight for Puccini’s La Bohème at the venue on March 21 – the first of three consecutive nights of opera which also features Verdi’s Nabucco and Aida.
It will play the part of Musetta’s dog in La Bohème, one of the most romantic operas ever written. Set in Paris, this classic tale focuses on the love between seamstress Mimi and poet Rodolfo.
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 potential new owners.
“We’re a nation of animal lovers after all. I’m sure there is plenty of doggie talent out there.”
Previous canine stars of the tour so far include Kipper who appeared at Birmingham’s New Alexandra Theatre.
Kipper has more than 20,000 followers on Instagram and had been featured on radio and in newspapers before he made his Cara Delevingne-style transition from modelling to acting.
No experience is necessary but the pet needs to be small and well-behaved and the owner needs to be prepared to go onstage in costume to look after them.
To audition your dog, send a photograph to Jules Bath via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your contact number and address as well as the breed, height, weight, age and name of your dog.