Le Bell Canto by June LeBell

Calling all dogs ...

Posted August 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm

by June LeBell

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I just got the following message from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory in my email box:

“Calling all canines, doggie divas and Shakespeare hounds! Does your pooch have star quality? Is he or she a fan of Shakespeare? The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, in collaboration with The Animal Rescue Coalition, is holding auditions on Saturday, September 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for the role of Crab the dog in Shakespeare’s 'The Two Gentlemen of Verona.' The winning dog will need to be available for rehearsals beginning October 28. The production runs November 2-21, 2010.”

As I read, I felt the warm, moist breath of our two dogs, Lily and Rosy, on my feet. If they were taller, they’d have been looking over my shoulder but, since they each weigh only seven pounds and their shoulders top out at 10 inches from the floor, they had to wait for me to read them the message.

As it turns out, neither of them is interested in auditioning. I could see it in their little faces. “Crab the dog? You must be kidding.” And, as I look down at them, I see there’s not a trace of Crab in either of them.

That doesn’t mean they can’t be crabby at times. And even music doesn’t soothe their disquieted souls on those occasions. I wonder what goes on in those little brains of theirs. Do they like Brahms? Does Bartok make them bark or Puccini make them poop? When I sing, do they recognize my voice?

Would they have enjoyed seeing “Sylvia” at Florida Studio Theater as much as I did or would they have thought her too human?

Why is it they understand almost everything I say to them but I, a supposedly superior being, can’t comprehend either Poodle or Maltese?

I claim to be a classical music aficionado, writing reams of reviews about concerts while they make their feelings about all sorts of performances incredibly clear with a simple snort, woof or piddle.

The question is, who is the critic and who, then, is the critter.

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