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Lisa Clarke - BOPS production of Titanic
Lisa Clarke - BOPS production of Titanic
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If you have a dog with star quality and it’s straining at the leash for a showbusiness break then two productions at Blackpool Grand Theatre want to hear from you.

Stage struck pooches couldhave a spell in the spotlight in the opera La Bohème, coming to the Grand Theatre on March 6 or Titanic: The Musical from April 11.

International soloists have been selected to join the Ukrainian National Opera of Kharkiv’s production – but there is still one part to be cast, the role of Muzetta’s pet dog.

So, if you have a Shih Tzu that shines, a Pomeranian that preens or a poodle that promenades this could be their chance. In fact your canine thespian could be a Yorkshire terrier, Chihuahua, dachshund – or any small, well-behaved dog.

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 was in one of my productions and was an instant hit. Since then we’ve had horses, goldfish and even a golden eagle with a six feet wingspan.”

Your pet needs to be well behaved and small – and as its owner, you will need to be prepared to go onstage in costume to look after him or her.

To audition your dog, send a photograph to Louise Delahunty at Derek Block Concert Promotions, 70-76 Bell Street, Marylebone, London NW1 6SP or email her at

Include your contact number and address as well as the breed, height, weight, age and name of your dog. The closing date is Monday February 20. If your dog is successful, you will be contacted a week before the performance.

Blackpool Operatic Players are also on the hunt for four legged stars for their latest musical.

The company returns to The Grand with Titanic: The Musical from April 11 marking 100 years since White Star’s liner, Titanic, hit an iceberg and sank on her maiden voyage to New York, claiming the lives of 1,517 people.

Opening on Broadway in 1997 Titanic: The Musical won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Blackpool Operatic Players gave the first North West performance of the show at The Grand in 2006 to great acclaim.

Karen Gray, programme manager for the company said: “When we first performed this show it was a great success As this is the centenary of Titanic sinking we wanted to do it again and will actually be on stage at the very moment the she struck the iceberg 100 years ago. It will definitely be an emotional experience for all of us. To be performing it exactly 100 years to the day is going to be something else.”

But before the show can go on Blackpool Operatic Players need your help.

The company needs two Pekinese dogs to appear on stage in the show. The dogs (and owners) would be required to attend rehearsals and then appear in the show from Wednesday April 11 until Saturday April 14.

To find out more contact Karen Gray on 07775 727 838.