Hugo the dog wins stage job

Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kelly Williams

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.

Visit www.rhyl­pavil­ion.co.uk

Hugo the Bri­tish Bull­dog from Ban­gor will be per­form­ing on stage. In­set with owner Natalie Hughes and her son Lenny

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