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Doggie diva sought

Published: 2 Apr 2012 07:000 comments

CASTING directors are on the hunt for a pedigree-ma donna to take a lead role when La Boheme comes to The Hexagon later this month.

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International soloists have been selected from across the world to join the Spring tour of the Ukrainian National Opera of Kharkiv - but a prize pooch is still needed to play Muzetta's pet dog.

Producers are looking for a well-behaved, small dog, whose owner is also prepared to go onstage in costume to look after it when the romantic opera comes to town on April 29.

Award-winning opera director and producer, Ellen Kent, said: "People say never work with children or animals but I love to do both.

"Many years ago when we last did La Boheme 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."

To audition your dog, send a photograph of the pet to Louise Delahunty at Derek Block Concert Promotions, 70-76 Bell Street, Marylebone, London NW1 6SP or email it to louise@derekblock.co.uk by April 16. A contact number and address and the dog's breed, height, weight, age and name must also be included

*Editor's note: Pity it's Puccini and not Bark!

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