Wanted: Two Dog Supernumeraries for Austin Opera

If you’re a dog with theatrical abilities, Austin Opera wants you.

For its production of Carlisle Floyd’s “Of Mice and Men” in January, the company is looking for two dogs for the supernumerary roles of, well, dogs. FullSizeRender

From the Austin Opera’s audition page, underneath the “Supernumerary Casting” category comes:

  • Two Dog Supernumeraries for Of Mice and Men, January 9 – 31, 2016
    DEADLINE – December 31, 2015
  • Dog 1 – Old farm dog           
    Height – about 2’ – 21/2’ high
    Weight – 25-50 lbs
    Description – the older the better, any breed or mix that might be on a farm
    Action – must be able to walk up stairs on a leash and be happy to sit under a bunk during a very active and loud scene
    Appears in Act 1 Scene 2 only – approximately 20 minutes
  • Dog 2 – Puppy
    – small and cute, any color except black, old enough to eat peanut butter or canned dog food
    – carried on stage by performer, and stays in his arms until put in a special dog box onstage during a fight scene.  After fight scene puppy is taken out of the box and held in performer’s arms until end of the act.  Appears in Act 2 only – approximately 24 minutes

The entire audition listing is here: http://austinopera.org/about/auditions/#tabs-auditions-tab-2

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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