Dog Auditions for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

Dog Auditions for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Octagon Theatre Bolton seek a talented dog to star in the cast of their next annual festive production, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Huskies, Westies, Pomeranians – oh my!

Could your canine companion be the star of our next festive show? Indeed, the Octagon Theatre will be working with both children and animals to produce their next magical festive production held at the Premier Suite, University of Bolton Stadium, Tue 4 and Mon 31 December.

Open auditions for dogs will take place on Wednesday 24 October 5pm – 6pm. The successful candidate will be great around children, lights, loud noises and be comfortable on stage in front of an audience of 900 people.

Director Ben Occhipinti comments “We’re looking for a brilliant dog from Bolton to tread the boards alongside our actors and young company for this year’s festive show, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Toto the dog is the loyal and loving companion of Dorothy. As Toto will be onstage with Dorothy when she gets swept away by the cyclone to the land of Oz - the dog will need be very calm and relaxed around bright lights and loud noises.”

The role will take commitment from the owner to attend every performance of the production between Tue 4 and Mon 31 December. The dog must have a calm and friendly disposition, with the capacity to be comfortable in the presence of audiences of up to 900 people. As well as a cast of professional actors there will be a company of 12 young actors in the show and so the dog will also need to be good with children.

The dog and owner must be available during the following dates for rehearsals:

Friday 23rd November 5.00pm – 6.00pm                   (Wellsprings building)

Monday 26th November 5.00pm – 6.00pm                (Wellsprings Building)

Saturday 1st December 3.00pm – 4.00pm                  (University of Bolton Stadium)

Tuesday 4th December 1.30pm – 4.30pm                  (University of Bolton Stadium)

They will be required to be at the stadium no later than half an hour before the show start times between Tue 4 and Mon 31 December including all matinee and evening shows.

If you would like to find out more or to download an application form, go to the Octagon Theatre website: Wonderful-Wizard-of-Oz

The deadline for applications is 12pm on Monday 22nd October. 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is playing at the Premier Suite, University of Bolton Stadium from Tue 4 – Mon 31 December 2018. Ticket prices range from £24 - £16.

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For interview and other press requests please contact Rachael Norris on or by calling 01204 556505.
Image of Tia from The Tenant of Wildfell Hall