Promising pooches to be put through their paces in Legally Blonde auditions

Promising pooches are set to be put through their paces when auditions are held to cast a new four-legged star to play Rufus in a Sheffield Theatres production of Legally Blonde.
Promising pooches are set to be put through their paces when auditions are held to cast a new four-legged star to play Rufus in a Sheffield Theatres production of Legally Blonde.
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Promising pooches are set to be put through their paces when auditions are held to cast a new four-legged star to play Rufus in a Sheffield Theatres production of Legally Blonde.

Meadowhall is inviting extraordinary dogs and their owners to its specially constructed beach outside the Oasis entrance to audition for the role of bulldog, Rufus Bonafonté in the upcoming production of Legally Blonde at Sheffield’s Lyceum Theatre this autumn.

All bullish and robust fidos chasing fame are welcome to apply by July 12, not just bulldogs.

The hopeful hounds invited to audition will be asked to perform a series of tasks in a plea to star alongside Bruiser, the iconic, cute, Chihuahua.

A panel of discernibly dogged judges will be looking for a chubby, British dog, that only its mother could love and on the day will be studying temperament, responsiveness and experience.

Meadowhall Centre Director, Darren Pearce, said: “We all think our own pets are extra special so now is the time to prove it and give your dog the chance to enjoy the limelight in one of the best-loved shows around.”

Dan Bates, CEO of Sheffield Theatres, added: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Meadowhall on such an exciting and unique project.

“We’ve done many exciting and unusual things at the theatre, but this is the first time that a four- legged actor will be auditioned on a beach at Meadowhall!”

Legally Blonde tells the tale of beautiful Elle Woods who decides to leave her glamourous life behind in pursuit of love and ends up at Harvard University finding so much more than she bargained for, including new friends Paulette and her boisterous bulldog* Rufus!

Meadowhall’s Summer Beach opens specially on July 21 for the Legally Blonde auditions and then the Meadowhall Kids’ Club will be open weekdays 11am – 2pm, with daily activities for families and children to enjoy all summer long.

If you think your dog is destined for fame, then apply by emailing a photograph of your pooch and some info about him or her, stating Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield in your application, to David Barrett at djebarrett@hotmail.co.uk by July 10. If successful you will be invited down to Legally Blonde’s Paw-ditions in Meadowhall on July 21 between 10am – 12pm (TBC).

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