CHITTY CHITTY BARK BARK!
Talented Humane Society of New York Dogs Take Broadway By Storm
The Humane Society of New York and well-known Broadway animal trainer Bill Berloni hosted an open casting call for dogs to be in Broadway's upcoming production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (now in previews and opens April 28th). All NYC shelters were invited to the audition. Two of the coveted canine roles went to animals from the Humane Society of New York's adoption center: Harriet, a graceful lab mix and Lady Guinevere, a spaniel.
Finding the role of a lifetime takes on a whole new meaning to Bill Berloni, the Humane Society of New York's Director of Animal Behavior and Training, who has worked at making stars out of strays for nearly 30 years. It all began with the discovery of the original Sandy in the 1977 production of Annie on Broadway featuring Sarah Jessica Parker. His work both in commercials or on and off Broadway continued to give homeless animals a second chance as actors and included such hits as Gypsy , The Wizard of Oz , Anything Goes and Camelot . It is Berloni's kind and gracious nature and determination that seeks out the right temperament in the animals for this type of training. He can see the potential in dogs when others see only problems, and believes that an outgoing animal might be well-suited for a place in the spotlight on stage.
Onstage and off, for Berloni compassion is the key to successful training. His “every animal matters” approach adds value to each production he works on, and gives new hope to creatures in need… and sometimes, even stardom. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit http://www.chittythemusical.com.
With her long legs, lean physique and New York smarts, Harriet is a born leading lady. This 2 ½ year old Labrador Mix takes direction like a pro; she walks beautifully on a leash and is fully housetrained. She gets along well with cast mates and housemates and loves children and other animals. Harriet is proud to be making her stage debut in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and thanks Bill Berloni and the Humane Society of New York for believing in her when nobody else did.
Lady Guinevere firmly believes “there are no small parts, only small actors”; this diminutive method actress throws herself wholeheartedly into every moment (playtime, suppertime), and is poised to make the most of her role on the Great White Way. She is a beautiful ten month old silky Cocker / King Charles Spaniel Mix. Lady Guinevere has loved her stay at the Humane Society of New York and enjoys being a Broadway Star, and looks forward to the day when she will have a long run in a happy home.