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Dogs sought to audition for part in Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival
by Tribune Staff
Feb 15, 2012 | 1020 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print

INCLINE VILLAGE — The Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival announces auditions for “Crab” — the dog who plays an important and loving role in William Shakespeare’s “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” which will be performed from July 13 to Aug. 26 at Sand Harbor State Park.

“The ideal candidates should be extremely mellow in nature, must be able to perform outdoors in any weather and resist the temptation to run, act upon or be interested in outside distractions such as bugs, animals, people, sound and lights,” said producing artistic director Charles Fee. The dog must also be agile, able to negotiate a flight of stairs (up and down), be well-behaved and respond to simple commands such as “sit,” “stay” and “down” or similar behavioral commands.

Service dogs are welcome, as are any other fun-loving, well-behaved canines.

The first round of auditions is set for March 21 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Donald W. Reynolds Non-Profit Community Center located at 948 Incline Way in Incline Village. To qualify for an audition, interested parties must send a headshot of the dog, owner/handler information and any additional details they’d like to share to Once the information is reviewed, all applicants will receive a call to confirm a time for the first interview. If the dog is selected to continue with the audition process, the final audition will be scheduled for the same time on April 24.

Two dogs might be selected to play the part of “Crab.” Rehearsals start July 9 and the dogs must be available every night as scheduled, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays to perform in approximately four scenes. Owners must be on site during the duration of the scheduled shows. Owners receive a variety of benefits, including tickets to the show, a stipend and other perks, Fee said.

For more information, email or call 298-0147. For more information about the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, visit or call 800-74-SHOWS (7-4697).

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