Does your pet dog have what it takes to be an opera star?
Has your dog got star quality?
If your pet pooch is the canine equivalent of Brad Pitt or Scarlett Johansson, then they could win a place in the spotlight in the beautiful and romantic opera La Boheme, coming to the Grand Theatre, Blackpool on 13th February 2017.
Award-winning opera 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.
“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.”
Your pet needs to be well behaved and small – and as his 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 Ellen Kent: firstname.lastname@example.org. Mobile 07775 626869 Please include your contact number and address as well as the breed, height, weight, age and name of your dog. If you are successful, we will contact you several weeks before the performance.
Ellen Kent brings one of the most romantic operas ever written to the stage in her new tour, traditionally staged featuring beautiful sets and costumes. The set reflects the Bohemian art of the period and will include a brass band, snow effects and Musetta’s dog will also make an entrance.
“Ellen Kent always includes extra touches and here we had a colourful carnival scene with street entertainers, a local brass, snow effects and a dog (very well behaved on the night).” – Bristol Post, 2013
Puccini’s masterpiece, La Boheme, is based on Henri Murger’s novel Scenes de la vie de boheme. Set in Paris, it focuses on the love between seamstress Mimi and poet Rodolfo.
This classic tale of Parisian love and loss features many famous arias including ‘Your Tiny Hand is Frozen’, ‘They Call Me Mimi’ and ‘Musetta’s Waltz’.
Sung in Italian with English surtitles.
* Cast subject to change.
“Authentic, tender and passionate” – Daily Telegraph
“Alyona Kistenyova had a beautiful pure strong voice – allied to a real emotional intensity, it shone to perfection in Vissi d’arte. (Tosca)” – The Argus, Brighton 2016
“The opera tugged me along and conducted my inner strings with accomplished magic.” – Southend Echo, 2014
Ellen Kent’s La Bohème
The Grand Theatre, Blackpool
Monday 13 February 2017
£18.50 to £35.50
Friends of The Grand £5 off
Under 26s £12.50 (first 50 tickets, weekdays only; subject to availability)