CITIES, Minn. ó Itís raining cats and dogs at some
area theaters. Mostly dogs. Live animals have been a
part of the theater world since its beginnings in the
Greek festival of Dionysus, in which animals were ripped
limb-from-limb in an orgiastic frenzy. That doesnít
happen anymore, fortunately, but there are an awful lot
of dogs on stage these days, including, coincidentally,
two canine Sandys who currently are adding a little
havoc to productions of "Annie" and "The
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time."
it came from: Having played Sandy in the Jamie Foxx film
version of "Annie," chow/golden retriever
Marti is a stage and screen veteran, taught by famed
showbiz trainer Bill Berloni.
itís on stage: Because he is Annieís constant
poop situation: Marti has a tough act to follow. Her
predecessor in "Annie" productions across the
country racked up 1,400 performances without an
7-31 at Ordway Center)
Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley"
it came from: Actor Sun Mee Chomet suggested her friendís
dog, a Maltese Yorkie named Lily Bee, for the part. And
a star is born.
itís on stage: To illustrate that owner Anne de Bourgh
wants a lapdog, not a husband.
poop situation: Heís actually supposed to disgrace
himself on stage but ó at least on opening night ó
the actors just pretended he did.
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time"
it came from: Mixed Blood staffer Madilynn Garciaís
mutt, Felix Garcia, snagged the cameo role.
itís on stage: To show the main characterís warmer
side and to balance out the show, which starts with a
dead dog on stage.
poop situation: Felixís record was impeccable,
although there were a few rogue barks.
Day at Emersonís Bar and Grill"
it came from: This role (in real life, a chihuahua) has
not yet been cast but artistic director Sarah Rasmussen
is on the lookout.
itís on stage: To emphasize the loneliness of Billie
Holiday at the end of her life.
poop situation: Itís a very brief role, so Billie (Thomasina
Petrus) ó who holds the dog while singing ó should
Gentlemen of Verona"
it came from: The black lab (real name: Bear) is owned
by actor George Keller, with whom he performed in the
itís on stage: Youíll have to ask William
Shakespeare, who wrote Crab into the play.
poop situation: Bear was a complete gentleman.