A very senior Yorkie is retiring from the limelight after 125 appearances in The Nutcracker.
Archie is 19 years old. To put that into human years, that makes him 2736 years old, which is positively ancient. This dog could have seen the fall of the Roman empire and the rise of colonialism, like some kind of doggie lich or something.
But, no, Archie is just an old pooch. At 19, his eyesight is going, he doesn’t have the same spring in his step, and he occasionally has an accident on the carpet (we assume--the Associated Press article doesn’t go into details about Archie’s home life, but it’s pretty common when dogs become old as dirt).
Let’s not get too weepie for Archie though, because he’s been a star of the stage for a good number of those years. Archie plays the pivotal role of “tiny dog” in the Festival Ballet Providence production of The Nutcracker, strutting his tiny floofy stuff for the audience every year since time immemorial.
Owner Misha Djuric, and also the Ballet’s artistic director, told the Associated Press that Archie is settling into retirement life filled with “luxury and long naps on pillows.”
However, this means that the Festival Ballet of Providence, Rhode Island must find a new tiny dog for their upcoming December performances. And that means tiny auditions for tiny dogs!
Djuric and a panel of judges will be setting up auditions at the Ballet’s studios on Hope Street on December 2nd, from noon to 2 PM. But not just any dog will get the part. The FBP have a stringent set of criteria that the successful applicant must meet in order to qualify. Those criteria include:
Does your pup have an elegant prance?
A regal coat of fur?
A charming smile?
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Can he or she handle the paparazzi?
Whoever the Ballet chooses, they won't have a lot of time to prepare. The first performance of The Nutcracker is on December 21st, which will give the pooch three weeks to memorize their lines. A true thespian doggo is needed to save this play, and we sure hope the FBP finds them.