WHO’S A GOOD BOY?
Hugo the dog wins stage job
MEET Hugo, the British Bulldog from Bangor who has landed himself a role in a musical.
The plucky pooch beat stiff competition from other fourlegged hopefuls for the part of Rufus in the stage show, Legally Blonde the musical.
Hugo’s big moment came after producers put out a casting call for a canine to be ready when the production comes to the Pavilion Theatre in Rhyl later this year.
Natalie Hughes, Hugo’s owner, watched proudly as her pet stole hearts at the auditions which took place at the venue.
She said: “We are absolutely over the moon about Hugo being cast – we are made up.
“He’s a good dog. He’s stubborn but he picks things up well.
“We think he’ll be fantastic in the show, he’s our little star.”
David Barnett, the show’s associate director, said: “We were very lucky that the standard of dogs who auditioned was very high.
“We had such a difficult decision to make as all the dogs had different qualities.
“Some were incredibly well trained, some were stunning and some had bags of energy.
“But we are thrilled with the dog we’ve got, we think Hugo will be great.”
Hugo will be joined by the lead character Elle’s beloved pet Chihuahua called Bruiser, who has already been cast.
Elle will be played by Welsh actress Lucie Jones who represented the UK in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
Rita Simmons, best known for her role as Roxy Mitchell in EastEnders, plays Paulette Bonafonté, Elle’s shy manicurist and confidante.
Meanwhile, former Coronation Street star Bill Ward, who played Charlie Stubbs, stars as Professor Callahan, Elle’s college tutor.
The show at Rhyl Pavilion Theatre runs from October 24-28, with tickets starting at £20.
Hugo the British Bulldog from Bangor will be performing on stage. Inset with owner Natalie Hughes and her son Lenny