Star Paws

Birmingham Rep sniffs out a canine star.

Birmingham Repertory Theatre are looking for a dog to play the role of Toto in their Christmas production of The Wizard of Oz. Open Auditions will be held at The REP on Centenary Square on Saturday 25th August from 10am to 5pm.

The role of Toto, Dorothy’s canine companion, in The Wizard of Oz is a pivotal one and The REP is looking for a new canine star to join the company over Christmas.

The show runs from 24th November to 13th January and The REP is looking for two small dogs that have the enthusiasm and stamina to play the role over the 7-week run. No previous acting or stage experience is required, but good training and obedience is.

Directed by Liam Steel, this epic stage version of the legendary MGM musical features everyone’s favourite songs including Somewhere Over The Rainbow, If I Only Had A Brain and Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead. Liam said: “This is the perfect opportunity to find talented, local pooches to tread the boards in one of the biggest festive productions in the city. We’re not looking for ‘prima-doggas’, just raw canine talent!”

If you think your dog has what it takes, please register your interest by emailing and attaching a picture (max photo size 2mb). All owners and dogs must be available for the open auditions on Saturday 25th August and a follow up audition on Saturday 8th September.