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Mar 24 2017 | By More

Canine casting call for La Boheme

Ellen Kent’s Opera & Ballet International is looking for a small dog to appear on stage at the Playhouse during its production of La Boheme on Thursday March 30 2017.

The company is at the Playhouse for three nights. Beside’s Puccini’s tragic tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for penniless writer Rodolfo, is is also bringing Verdi’s Nabucco (Friday 31) and Aida (Saturday 1 April).

Musetta with dog in La Boheme. Photo Opera & Ballet International

The company need a dog to appear alongside soprano Olga Perrier who is singing the role of Musetta, the glamorous former lover of Rodolfo’s painter friend, Marcello.

The company says it needs to find a well behaved dog which is small – together with an owner who is prepared to appear on stage in costume to look after it.

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 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.”

Houdini stars in Aida. Photo Opera & Ballet International

A horse will also be appearing during this visit, in the form of Houdini, a nine year old Andalusian black stallion which will star in the famous Triumphal March scene of Aida with Giorgio Meladze as Radames.

Anyone wishing to audition their dog for La Boheme should send a photograph of it to Ellen Kent: They should include a contact number and address as well as the breed, height, weight, age and name of the dog.


Opera & Ballet International at the Playhouse
18 – 22 Greenside Place, EH1 3AA. Phone booking: 0844 871 3014
La Bohème
Thursday 30 March.
Evening: 7.30pm.
Puccini’s tragic tale of the doomed, consumptive Mimi and her love for a penniless writer.
Ellen Kent’s Nabucco
Friday 31 March.
Evening: 7.30pm.
Verdi’s haunting and melodic take on the plight of the Hebrews as they are forced from their homeland into exile by the Babylonian King Nabucco.
Ellen Kent: Aida
Saturday 1 April.
Evening: 7.30pm.
Verdi’s tragic story of war, jealousy and revenge at whose heart is the doomed love of the beautiful Ethiopian slave girl, Aida, and the Egyptian hero, Radames.


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