The Lyric Opera of Kansas City will be auditioning dogs for its upcoming production of La bohème from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 26 on the steps in front of the Lyric Theatre, downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
“Puccini’s score lists a poodle in the production’s props list,” notes Lyric Opera Props Mistress Debbie Morgan. “We’ll specifically be looking for a small poodle or other beautiful toy dog for Musetta to carry during her grand entrance.”
Dogs wishing to appear on the Lyric Opera stage should submit an application and arrive at the Lyric Theatre no later than 5:15 p.m. on the day of the audition. Director Ellen Douglas Schlafer, Ms. Morgan, and Musetta, to be sung by Katrina Thurman, will be judging the auditions. One “top dog” and one understudy will be selected, and contracts with the dogs will be signed upon acceptance of the role. Dogs must be crate trained and know basic commands. Owners of the winning dogs must agree to minimal rehearsal and performance time, and will receive complimentary tickets to see their animal in performance.