Local dogs asked to take the lead in forthcoming opera

    A TOURING operatic company are appealing for pet owners to put their dog forward to star in their latest production.

    A performance of Puccini’s La Bohème is coming to the Assembly Hall on April 22 but there is currently a vacancy for the role of Musetta’s dog.

    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 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.”

    The director goes on to say: “your pet needs to be well behaved and small, and as their owner you will need to be prepared to go onstage in costume to look after him or her.”

    To audition your dog send a photo to Jules Bath at jules@ellenkent.co.uk or call 07791012837. The deadline is Friday April 14.