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On Friday, five dogs will vie for a single spot in the BSO’s production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” featuring music by Felix Mendelssohn. The winning mutt gets to go toe-to-toe with actors such as John Bolger of “General Hospital” and Linda Powell of “Chicago Fire” fame.
The walk-on role is small but important, says BSO spokesperson Laura Soldati. “His job is basically to be a sidekick to the man in the moon,” she says.
The lucky dogs are judged on a range of factors. The perfect canine actor will get along with the human actors, be potty trained, be able to ignore loud music, wag its tail a lot and look “a little sleepy,” according to the BSO. The ability to do tricks is a plus, too.
The five finalists below have already beaten out dozens of other doggies with their sleepy good looks. Stage director Edward Berkeley gets to pick the winner.
Which one seems the most Shakespearian to you?
Breed: Lab mix
Qualifications: His rather apt name.
Qualifications: Tail never stops wagging
Breed: German Shepherd/Collie
Qualifications: Can high-five on command
Qualifications: He played Sandy in an elementary school production of “Annie”
Qualifications: His favorite instrument is the oboe
Corrected: This post was corrected with the accurate day of the competition, spelling of BSO spokesperson Laura Soldati’s last name, and the role the dog will be playing.