Louby, a little West Highland white terrier, will be treading the boards as Musetta’s dog in Ellen Kent‘s production of La Bohème on Wednesday 8 March.
Louby is a clever, obedient dog who can do numerous tricks and moves. She lives locally in Raunds and is owned by Amelia Barrable, who is 16 years old and has trained Louby herself. They have performed at The London Pet Show, The Birmingham Pet Show, local dog shows and carnivals. They also recently won a local talent contest in Rushden: so Louby is not fazed by crowds or noise as she’s used to being in the limelight!
Amelia has an Instagram account called Louby_Love, which has over 10,000 followers from all over the world. No doubt after Louby’s next claim to fame when she appears in La Bohème in March, she will get even more followers! Amelia will be appearing with Louby as Musetta’s maid.
Award-winning opera director and producer Ellen Kent said: “People say never work with children or animals but I love to do both. The first time was 20 years ago when my pet cat Holly Go-Lightly was in one of my productions and was an instant hit. Since then we’ve had horses, dogs, goldfish and even a golden eagle with a 6ft wingspan on stage.
Many years ago when we last did La Boheme and asked local people to volunteer their pets it was a huge success. We even used a rescue dog once and found him dozens of new owners! We’re a nation of animal lovers after all”
Ellen Kent brings one of the most romantic operas ever written to the stage in her new tour, traditionally staged featuring beautiful sets and costumes. Puccini’s masterpiece, La Bohème is based on Henri Murger’s novel Scenes de la vie de bohème. Set in Paris, it tells the tragic story of hopeless romance between the doomed, consumptive seamstress, Mimi, and penniless poet Rodolfo.
This classic tale of Parisian love and loss features many famous arias including Your Tiny Hand is Frozen, They Call Me Mimi and Musetta’s Waltz.
La Bohème can be seen in the Derngate auditorium on Wednesday 8 March, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets – priced from £18 to £35* – can be booked online or by calling Box Office on 01604 624811