Holli with her owners Paul and Fiona Steedman. 

Tibetan Terrier Holli has been cast as Sandy in SABOS Musical Theatre’s forthcoming production of Annie following a special round of dog auditions on Sunday.

The local pooch, who belongs to Paul and Fiona Steadman from Stirling, will star as Annie’s faithful companion when the hit Broadway musical comes to the MacRobert stage this spring (31 March – 4 April 2020).

Speaking after the canine casting call, Musical Director Andrew Nicol said: “Holli is a very friendly but calm dog who has a great way with the girls playing Annie, especially when bribed with a treat! She has the perfect ‘cute but scruffy’ look that we need for Sandy and even seemed to enjoy listening to the songs during her audition. We can’t wait to introduce her to the rest of the cast and we’re sure our audiences will love her!”

This will be 7-year-old Holli’s first taste of stardom. Owner Paul Steadman said: “We’re excited about Holli being on stage for the first time, especially as she’ll be sharing it with our daughter Penny who has been cast as one of the orphans. We were delighted to see how well Holli got on with the girls who are playing Annie during her audition. They both seemed so comfortable with her. Sandy is Annie’s loyal friend and Holli is that through and through. She is a very placid pooch and absolutely loves kids. Unlike most dogs she doesn’t mind loud noises, she loves a fireworks display and even ended up in a nightclub one Saturday night! Her favourite trick is a high five, all you need is the right treat!”

Holli will now work closely with the 100 strong cast, which includes over 50 local youngsters, in the run up to the show. Tickets for the production are available now from www.macrobertartscentre.org, with tickets starting from just £12 for youth groups. For details of special group discounts visit email sabosmusicaltheatre@gmail.com