The opera La Bohème is looking for a dog to join the cast in Dublin and Limerick 5 months ago

The opera La Bohème is looking for a dog to join the cast in Dublin and Limerick

Think your dog is the canine equivalent of Brad Pitt or Scarlett Johansson?

Then we've got some good news, because they could win a place in the spotlight in the beautiful and romantic opera La Bohème when it comes to Ireland next month.

The production is coming to the University Concert Hall, Limerick on April 9 or Dublin’s National Concert Hall on April 12

Puccini’s masterpiece, La Bohème, is based on Henri Murger’s novel Scenes de la vie de boheme. Set in Paris, it focuses on the tragic love between seamstress Mimi and penniless poet Rodolfo.

“People say never work with children or animals, but I love to do both. The first time was 20 years ago when my pet cat Holly Go-Lightly was in one of my productions and was an instant hit. Since then we’ve had horses, dogs, goldfish and even a golden eagle with a 6ft wingspan on stage," award-winning opera director and producer Ellen Kent said.

“Many years ago, when we last did La Bohème and asked local people to volunteer their pets it was a huge success. We even used a rescue dog once and found him dozens of new owners! We’re a nation of animal lovers after all. I’m sure there is plenty of doggie talent out there.”

There are a few requirements if you want to submit your beloved pup for contention.

Your pet needs to be well behaved, small, used to be people and quiet – and as his owner, you will need to be prepared to go onstage in costume to look after him or her.

To audition your dog, send a photograph to Angela Klappa (angela@ellenkent.co.uk). Include your contact number and where you're applying for, as wellas the breed, height, weight, age and name of your dog.

If you are successful, you will be contacted a week before the performance.