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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 June, 2003, 16:59 GMT 17:59 UK
Pup Idol takes lead role
Mouse the dog
Mouse will star alongside Peter Karrie
The star of a new musical production will have to work like a dog over the next two months because she is without an understudy.

Auditions for one of the lead roles at Aberystwyth Arts Centre's Summer Show - Annie - only attracted one candidate - a Jack Russell cross named Mouse.

But she snapped at the chance to take on the role of loveable stray Sandy and will now appear alongside former Phantom of The Opera star Peter Karrie who will play Daddy Warbucks.

But the show's organisers are still looking for other dogs to share the limelight with Mouse because they believe the workload of eight shows a week could be too much for her.

Mouse is adorable and very obedient and certainly has that Ah! factor that is needed for the role
Richard Cheshire, director

Annie will feature 14 professional actors and 50 local children including two youngsters who will share the part of Annie.

The musical's director is Richard Cheshire said he was "delighted" with four-year-old Mouse's audition.

Poster for Annie
The show will run for six weeks this summer
"Mouse is adorable and very obedient and certainly has that Ah! factor that is needed for the role," said Mr Cheshire.

The part of Sandy will be demanding because at one point she will have to come on stage on her own, sit down, and then move across to join Annie as she bursts into song.

Owner Sue Harris - a nurse at Bronglais Hospital, Aberystwyth - said: "Mouse performed very well at the audition but we'll see how she gets on in front of an audience and under lights.

The musical tells of the Depression era rags-to-riches tale of 11-year-old Annie who longs to escape from the orphanage run by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan.

But when billionaire Daddy Warbucks decides to adopt Annie it appears her dreams have come true.

The show will run for six weeks from the end of July until the end of August.

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