I have Annie on the brain. My daughter’s community theater debut is in four days, and between now and the end of the month, this will be all I have going on. Annieannieannieannie. They worked their little keisters off on it, though, and it’s spectacular, so I am very proud.
When the casting call went out for Sandy, they were looking for three things:
- scruffy terrierlike mutt
- takes direction well
And of course, Brody is none of those things, so he was out, but they did find just the most perfect dog for the role.
This last Saturday was a grueling 9-5 all day rehearsal, which when you’re seven, is a lot. I mean, it’s a lot no matter how old you are, but for seven year olds and dogs, it’s particularly demanding. I didn’t even stay the whole time. But the cast did, and let me tell you, they did really, really well.
It’s been said time and time again that having pets around is good for people’s stress levels. Since this is my first time with this theater, I don’t know what the ambiance is normally like, but part of me wonders if the presence of a mellow dog who was fine with regular attention had something to do with the emotional well-being of the young cast. They certainly took advantage of his presence.
I hear you all had pizza for lunch. If there’s any crust left……
And when he was ready for some alone time, he found a quiet area right under the director’s feet to escape the solicitous attention of the girls of the Municipal Girls’ Orphanage.
It’s always good to have a pup around, that’s what I say.