OMG you guys!!! Legally Blonde The Musical arrives on stage at the Theatre Royal from March 26-31, and the producers are holding auditions in Norwich to discover a four-legged star for the show.
Could your pampered pet or family pooch be destined for fame? Producers of a major new tour of the smash-hit Broadway and West End musical Legally Blonde The Musical are on the hunt for a four-legged star to tread the boards when the show arrives at Norwich Theatre Royal in March.
EastEnders’ Rita Simons, who played Roxy Mitchell in the BBC soap, Lucie Jones, who represented the UK in the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest with Never Give Up On You, and Bill Ward, star of Coronation Street and Emmerdale, are the human stars of the show. But Legally Blonde The Musical also has two dogs in the cast – a Chihuahua called Bruiser and another called Rufus. Bruiser is already cast and will be on the road with the show but producers have decided to hold auditions for Rufus in every town and city on the tour.
Associate director David Barrett said: “Legally Blonde The Musical is a show all about stereotypes and not judging a book by its cover and the dogs are no different in this. So whereas Bruiser is the cute, tiny, adorable one, with Rufus we are looking for the total opposite. We are looking for a big, brutish, dog that only its mother could love – preferably a Bull Dog as in the film, but we are certainly open to options.”
The Doggy Auditions will be held at Castle Mall shopping centre, in Norwich, on Monday, February 5th, starting at 12noon and running until 3pm.
Cute and fluffy dogs would not be suitable and a relaxed, laid-back temperament is essential, as is being good with people and enjoying being fussed over. Dogs should also be responsive to commands and although stage experience is not essential, if your dog has any than that would be a big bonus as even the most confident of dogs can suddenly be affected by the lights, the band and the huge round of applause they are likely to receive on their big entrance.
David said: “It is important to note that both dogs in the show are very well cared for and their owner is present at all times. Bruiser’s role in the show is an extension of her training, which she adores. As for Rufus, it is essential that the dog we choose has the right temperament and personality. We want the experience for them to be rewarding and fun, so we make their time in the audition room and then ultimately in the Theatre as relaxed and playful as possible. They certainly get plenty of fuss from our cast and crew! They are not expected to do ‘tricks’ on stage and we have ensured that what they are asked to do, is merely an extension of their natural behaviour. They have their own dressing room backstage where they can sleep, eat, drink, play, whatever takes their fancy in between scenes, and at no point will any dog be forced to ‘perform’ against their will.”
Legally Blonde The Musical is an all singing, all dancing romantic comedy, a fun-filled, feel-good pink fest. College sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods, played by Lucie Jones, doesn’t take no for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style.
Based on the Reese Witherspoon film, Legally Blonde The Musical earned seven Tony nominations and ten Drama Desk Award nominations during its Broadway run. In the UK it was nominated for five Laurence Olivier Awards winning three including Best New Musical, and was nominated for eight Whatsonstage Awards winning four including Best Musical.
Performances of Legally Blonde The Musical take place at Norwich Theatre Royal from March 26-31, at 7.30pm evenings with 2.30pm matinees on Wednesday and Saturday. Buy tickets now at Norwich Theatre Royal.