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Do you live in Melbourne and have a talented pooch which fancies a life on the stage? Then this could be call they’ve been waiting for.

The new musical production DORIS DAY – SO MUCH MORE THEN THE GIRL NEXT DOOR, which commences performances at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre on 23rd August 2011, is seeking to cast two Melbourne based dogs to be “underdogs” for the upcoming production.

The producers of DORIS are inviting dogs of all breeds to an open audition on Tuesday 9th August at 11:00am in the foyer of Her Majesty’s Theatre to be tested for suitability – no previous stage experience necessary, but an ability to walk on stage, jump on a chaise lounge and be sung to is essential. The dogs must be obedient, professional, take direction well and be able to smile at the audience.

This canine casting call is necessary as Melinda Schneider who sings nearly 20 Doris Day tunes in the show, has previously used her own dogs in the show but has asked the producers to have “underdogs” on standby for the Melbourne season just in case her dogs are unable to do every performance.

Melinda says ”my two gorgeous doggies are 13 year old litter sisters called Rosie & Daisy who I’ve had since they were puppies. I call them ‘the girls’. They have very different personalities – Daisy is highly strung, wiry & a great jumper, whereas Rosie is a typical Labrador and loves her food. They did the Brisbane season of DORIS with me in May, but I worry about them being able to do all the Melbourne performances because of their age, so I suggested to the team that we have a look at recruiting a couple of standby doggies…just in case, they need a night off.”

Co-producer of DORIS and Her Majesty’s Theatre owner Mike Walsh, along with Melinda Schneider, will be casting their eyes over the potential “underdogs” in the main foyer of the theatre on Tuesday 9th August from 11am. This is a non-equity call and all dogs must be leashed and accompanied by their owners.

For any further information regarding the dog auditions: Moira Bennett – 03) 8601 8904 / [email protected]

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