Backstage with the BSO’s Canine Celebrities

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The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Folger Theatre put on A Midsummer Night’s Dream last weekend. Among the play’s eight actors, one walked on four legs–perhaps following in the Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, which employs homeless cats and dogs in its productions, the BSO decided it needed a dog star of its own.

The Washington Post took a deep dive into the dog-onstage story, following the process from the casting call to the rehearsals to the final production. Watch highlights from the audition process in the video below:

Interestingly enough, the play’s director, Edward Berkeley wasn’t looking for a dog diva. “Something that inevitably happens is that the dog upstages people. Part of it is controlling how much the dog upstages people,” Berkeley told the Post. “One of the tricks is engaging the dog in what the actors are doing — that way what the dog is doing is feeding into the energy onstage, and not taking away from it.”

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