#chesterculture – Storyhouse search for canine actor for The Two Gentlemen of Verona 

Grosvenor Park Open Air Theatre is looking for the perfect pooch to play the role of Crab in its upcoming production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Opening July 1st and running until August 21st The Two Gentlemen of Verona will be performed in rep with a brand new adaptation of Stig of the Dump and Shakespearean comedy As You Like It.

Auditions will be taking place on Monday 23rd May from 6pm at Queens Park High School, Handbridge .

The dog must be calm, friendly and comfortable in front of large crowds (many of whom will be picnicking), any breed of medium/large dog is acceptable. No acting experience is required, the dog will remain on a leash when on stage and will only appear for a short time in 2 separate scenes. The most important factor is that there is total commitment from the owner for the entire run of the show.

Alex Clifton, Artistic Director of Storyhouse who is directing The Two Gentlemen of Verona, said: “This is a great opportunity for someone to be at the heart of something truly special. As well as being a part of the open air theatre team it’s a chance to gain a real understanding of how a professional theatre works behind the scenes. Plus, we hope, a chance to discover the next Lassie! ”

Applicants must be prepared to commit to every performance during the run of the show, including all matinee and evening performances (there are 17 separate performances between Friday 22nd July to Saturday 20th August 2016).

All expenses will be paid to the successful applicant.

Interested dog owners should email helen@storyhouse.com for an application form.

Application deadline: Thursday 19th May 2016.

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