La Boheme

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 Bohème, coming to Sunderland Empire - Friday 28 February.
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 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.’
Your pet needs to be well behaved, small, used to being around people and quiet - and as their owner, you will
need to be prepared to go onstage in costume to look after them.
To audition your dog, send a photograph to Please include your contact number and
address as well as the breed, height, weight, age and name of your dog. Successful candidates will be contacted
Ellen Kent brings one of the most romantic operas ever written to the stage in her new tour of Puccini’s
masterpiece La Bohème. Based on Henri Murger’s novel Scenes de la vie de boheme, the opera is traditionally
staged with beautiful sets and costumes. Set in Paris, it focuses on the tragic love between seamstress Mimi
and penniless poet Rodolfo. The set reflects the Bohemian art of the period and will include a brass band,
snow effects and a full choir and orchestra. Performed in the traditional Italian with English surtitles.

To audition your dog, send a photograph to Angela Klappa -
Or contact: Sarah Ogleby - Communications Manager at Sunderland Empire
Telephone: 0191 566 1047

PUCCINI’S LA BOHÈME comes to the Sunderland Empire - Friday 28 February.
Booking Information:
Tickets available in person at the Box Office on High Street West, also from the Ticket Centre on
0844 871 3022* or online at*
*Calls cost up to 7p per minute plus your standard network charge. Booking fees may apply to telephone
and online bookings.

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