Most of the cast members of Children’s Musical Theater’s production of the musical “Annie” had to sing and dance their way through an audition to earn a part in the show. However, for the part of Sandy, Annie’s dog, the requirements were different.
“Temperament. We need a dog that can stay calm, even onstage in front of over a thousand people who are laughing and applauding,” says show producer Cyndee Boudreaux. “Like any human actor, Sandy has to be able to do what the director wants on cue.”
Dozens of local would-be canine actors tried out of for the part, but ultimately it went to Mishka, a 5-year-old German shepard owned by Harmoni and Dr. Mark Erhardt. Mishka’s behavior was superior at auditions, but ultimately it was chemistry with the human cast member, Annie, played by Kamille Girard, that won the part for Mishka. When she’s not performing, Mishka likes to help with chores and play with her four canine brothers on a farm near Bartlesville.
Mishka is not the first dog to grace the stage of a CMT production. Sandy was seen before when the non-profit group staged “Annie” in 2005 and “The Wizard of Oz” in 2009 featured Toto, of course.
To see Mishka’s acting debut, tickets are on sale now at the Bartlesville Community Center for “Annie.” Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. July 20-21 and 3 p.m. July 22-23. For more information, visit www.bartlesvillecommunitycenter.com or call 918-337-2787.