Calling all dogs for Shakespeare auditions

Brian Vaughn as Lance and Jake the dog as Crab in the Utah Shakespeare Festival’s 2008 production of "The Two Gentlemen of Verona," Cedar City, Utah, circa 2008 | Photo by Karl Hugh, courtesy of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — The Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City is looking for the perfect pooch to play the role of Crab in its upcoming production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona.”

Dog plays Crab in the production "The Two Gentleman of Verona", Cedar City, Utah, undated | Photo courtesy of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, St. George News
Jake as Crab in a Utah Shakespeare Festival production of “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” Cedar City, Utah, circa 2008 | Photo by Karl Hugh, courtesy of the Utah Shakespeare Festival, St. George News

The dog must be calm, friendly and comfortable in front of large crowds, according to a press release of the Utah Shakespeare Festival. All breeds are acceptable. Rehearsals begin Aug. 17, with performances running Sept. 26 through Oct. 30.

Previous stage experience a plus, but not a necessity, according to the press release. The owner of the dog will be paid but is responsible for having the dog at the theater for rehearsals and performances.

Interested dog owners should submit a photo of their dog, along with a small description of its weight, breed, abilities, and any contact information to casting@bard.org.

The Utah Shakespeare Festival will begin considering applications on April 17.

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