Calling all Canines! New Australian Doris Day musical starring Melinda Schneider is casting local dogs for its Melbourne show!

August 8, 2011 No Comments

Melinda Schneider is following the chart success of her 2010 album ‘Melinda does Doris‘ with her new show ‘Doris Day – So Much More Than The Girl Next Door’.

The show is a heart-felt homage, co-written by Schneider with musical theatre scribe, David Mitchell (Dusty, Shout!). It opened with great success in Adelaide this June and will commence from the 23rd August 2011 a 2 week run of performances at Melbourne’s Her Majesty’s Theatre.

Melinda explains “In DORIS, I’m paying homage to an artist I really admire. This is not an impersonation, there will only ever be one Doris Day. Sadly Doris hasn’t performed for over thirty years but so many great songs are associated with her and I get to sing them in this show.”

The show’s producers are however making an urgent appeal to local dog owners. They are seeking to cast two Melbourne based dogs to be “underdogs” for the upcoming production. They are inviting dogs of all breeds to an open audition on Tuesday 9th August at 11:00am in the foyer of Her Majesty’s Theatre to be tested for suitability – no previous stage experience necessary, but an ability to walk on stage, jump on a chaise lounge and be sung to is essential. The dogs must be obedient, professional, take direction well and be able to smile at the audience. This canine casting call is necessary as Melinda Schneider who sings nearly 20 Doris Day tunes in the show, has previously used her own dogs in the show but has asked the producers to have “underdogs” on standby for the Melbourne season just in case her dogs are unable to do every performance.

Melinda says “my two gorgeous doggies are 13 year old litter sisters called Rosie & Daisy who I’ve had since they were puppies. I call them ‘the girls’. They did the Brisbane season of DORIS with me in May, but I worry about  them being able to do all the Melbourne performances because of their age, so I suggested to the team that we have a look at recruiting a couple of standby doggies…just in case, they need a night off.”

For any further information regarding the dog auditions: Moira Bennett – (03) 8601 8904 /


Show details:

Written by Melinda Schneider & David Mitchell; Directed by Tom Healey

Tuesday 23 August – Sunday 4 September
Her Majesty’s Theatre, 219 Exhibition St, Melbourne
Bookings: Ticketek 132 849 or

“Starring Melinda Schneider, DORIS is a celebration of the life and times of one of the most incredible singers, actors and entertainers ever to grace the stage. Doris Day was much more than the girl next door. She was America’s sweetheart, the number one box office attraction of all time, and Hollywood Royalty. However all Doris Day wanted was to have a loving husband, stay at home and raise a family. With a unique blend of song and dance, and a wardrobe that is a nod to the high fashion trends, Melinda Schneider will perform with the Her Majesty’s Theatre Showband – a 14 piece orchestra in a two hour plus extravaganza!”

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