Four-legged star of new Lichfield community musical swaps the track for theatre

A new community musical in Lichfield will have an unusual star in the show.

Six-year-old retired racing greyhound Teddy will appear in The Hired Man at the Garrick theatre this summer.

Teddy with fellow cast members from The Hired Man

Teddy with fellow cast members from The Hired Man

The show, which features cast and crew from all different walks of life, will run from July 29 to August 6.

Teddy – who is actually a female dog – has already joined the cast after being taken along by owner Sharan Elsdon, who is a lead volunteer at the Hall Green Retired Greyhound Trust.

She said: “Rehearsals are going really well so far. I thought the bright lights and the hustle and bustle of the theatre might unsettle Teddy, but she has taken to it like a duck to water.

“She’s a true thespian and it never ceases to amaze me how adaptable, calm and collected greyhounds are.

“We are hoping that audiences will be so impressed by Teddy that they would consider giving one of these wonderful dogs a home.”

Tim Ford, the Garrick’s artistic director, said that Teddy – whose racing name was Greencroft Bell – was settling in well.

“We were thrilled to discover the Hall Green Greyhound Trust and meet Teddy – she is a true star, so calm and collected on stage and she’ll even have her very own dressing room.

“She’s a brilliant addition to our community cast and we can’t wait for audiences to see her on stage in the musical.”

Teddy and Sharan can be regularly seen at the Hall Green Greyhound Trust’s monthly walks in Beacon Park – which take place at 10.30am on third Sunday of every month – when over 40 local greyhounds plus their owners walk with the kennel dogs to socialise them.

The four-legged star will also be in the foyer to meet her new fans after each show and will be helping to promote the trust.

Sharan added: “So many people get involved in the Retired Greyhound Trust, but we’re always looking for new volunteers to walk our dogs from kennels in Shenstone Woodend village and to help out at our awareness road shows and fundraising events.”

The Hired Man runs at the Garrick from July 29 to August 6. Tickets range from £10 to £15, and can be booked online or by calling the box office on 01543 412121.

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