Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sarasota Opera Goes to the Dogs!

Sarasota Opera holds dog auditions for its

upcoming production of Carlisle Floyd’s Of Mice and Men

Sarasota Opera held auditions for a dog that is needed for its upcoming production of the opera Of Mice and Men on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The audition took place at the Sarasota Opera House.   Auditionees and their owners gathered in the Sarasota Opera Courtyard.  Each auditionee was assigned an individual time slot during which they were video taped following commands and interacting with the performers.

The auditions were covered by Linda Carson and ABC-7 Suncoast News.  Click the link below to watch! 

Sarasota Opera holds a doggie casting call - Sarasota News | and ABC 7: Local News

The dog is described by the characters in the opera as a “good herding dog”.  The dog is also described as old, ragged, and slow.  In the opera, the dog belongs to the character of “Candy”, who will be sung by bass Andrew Gangestad.  As the Act I synopsis reads:

“A furor erupts in the bunkhouse over Candy’s old smelly dog, with Carlson and the ranch-hands demanding that the dog be shot rather than remain in the bunkhouse.  Candy protests, but is eventually overwhelmed by the shouts of the men, and Carlson takes the dog outside and shoots him.”    

A medium to large size animal is preferred. Additionally, the dog needs to follow “sit” and “place” commands, and be comfortable around loud music.  No other special tricks are required.

Rehearsals will begin in mid-February.  The chosen animal will be compensated for their time.

Don't miss performances of Carlisle Floyd's opera Of Mice and Men opening March 9 through March 23rd.  Tickets are available online at or by calling (941) 328-1300!

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