Tuesday, March 15, 2011


TOBY here...

Hello there every-furry-buddy!
I've been kept really busy lately with my rehearsals for the musical production of
which is being presented by the
in May this year.

There are only 70 days to go before opening night, and the practice sessions are now in full swing.

Last night, I spent nearly 3 hours with the wonderful children in this cast.
I simply LOVE being with these young people!
They are so friendly and patient with me.
Thank you, guys!

"Maxmom" accompanied me last night, as well as two of the trainers from
Ms Shannon and Ms Yolande.

Apparently they were all most impressed with my behaviour, but Maxmom says I mustn't let it go to my head just yet.  She says that there is still a lot to learn.

During the first part of my visit, Maxmom asked me to simply 'be quiet and relax', while I watched all their shenanigans. 
(Check me out...On stage...in the distance...)
She says it is important for me to learn how to chill in these hectic environments.

 I watched them dance to some wonderful music and they used all sorts of props - balls, buckets, feather-dusters, cloths, etc. 
(I barked at the balls at first

There was also lots of jumping and movement.  
I repeat: 
I simply LOVE being with these young people!

Once the dancing scenes were over, "Annie" and "The Dog-catcher" stayed behind to rehearse one of the scenes with me.

There is something special about 'Annie' - I just LOVE to work with her, even though I am bigger than her in size (I think?).  She is very cute AND she gives me treats.  She is also learning how to walk me and to give me some non-verbal commands - like when I have to "Come" even though she calls for 'Sandy'. 
Why can't they get my name right?
But, Yes, I like 'Annie'...lots!

By-th-the-way, that 'Dog-catcher' doesn't frighten me at all!
...and he didn't even try to catch me either, BOL!.
Besides, I don't think 'Annie' would allow it anyway.

Maxmom has made up a short video of last night's rehearsal.
Please keep in mind that this is only the second time we have rehearsed this scene.  I am still new to this acting stuff, but apparently they really liked it.  I hope you like it too.

If for some reason you cannot view the video, please go to the link
That's all for now!
I'm off to play with Aunt Tam'



Amber-Mae said...

BOL! Love the ending when you almost dislocated Annie's arm. You are very well behaved on the stage. I know you're going to be a huge star!

Mrs. JP said...

Oh, that was great! He's working with her so well. You must be so proud.....we are all proud of you both here in the holler. Don't forget about us when you become famous! :O)

Texas The Doxie said...

Oh that's funny, but we know he'll do great!

The Heartbeats said...

You are doing GREAT Toby!!! And best of all, it looks like you are having fun!


♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Awww, Toby, you did a great job. We are sure you will work out that last part - BOL. Considering your age and how much you have to learn, you are doing very well.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh Toby we love following your adventure. It's so exciting
Benny & Lily

Jake of Florida said...

Toby, you're doing GREAT!!!!! By May, you'll have everything down pat!!!

Wirey love,

Jake and Just Harry

♥I am Holly♥ said...

Toby, it looks like you are doing great! We know you are having lots of fun! Love, Holly and mom

Amy Wood said...

Great video! Toby is doing a great job! Keep it up and you'll be all ready for opening night! :)

Suka said...

hey Toby,

Seventy days! That is pawsome! I loved your video. I think you did great, and the ending is funny when you took off with poor Annie dragging behind! :-> "Annie" looks darling! I can imagine how fun and exciting it must be to be around such young and creative people! Keep up the great work!


Homer said...

ENCORE! ENCORE! Toby my dear, you are doing such a wonderful job! I bet you will win for Best Supporting Actor at next year Oscar!

70 more days to go Toby. Keep it up! Bravo!


Molly the Airedale said...

You did a great job for only your second time, Toby/Sandy! We sure wish we could be there on opening night!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

The Thundering Herd said...

When you win your Tony, will you remember us?

Deborah said...

I loved it! Annie is one of my favorite plays :)
Have a nice week!

Kari said...

An amazing job, Toby! Amazing! You really are a wonder pup! That's a lot of movement and stimuli for a little fellow to handle..but you did perfectly! Don't get too hung up on perfection. This is live theatre and even the most seasoned make mistakes. Enjoy your role and let everyone fall in love with you.

sprinkles said...

I'm so proud of you, Toby! You did an excellent job.

I hope your mom will be able to share some video from the live performance - maybe a snippet or two of you doing your thing.

kissa-bull said...

you are destined for stardom we can see it for sures. you gots the IT factor all movie stars have

pibble wiggles
the pittie pack

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Your doing it Toby.
I am so proud of you. And I am not the only one.... we are all proud of you!

Bouncing Bertie said...

Hi Toby
Wow you are so CALM.
I have to keep reminding Gail that if SHE had wanted a calm dog, she would not have looked for a wire haired fox terrier!
Tell me Toby, when all those fine young people are jumping around, waving their arms and making a noise, are you not just a teeny weeny bit tempted to join in??
Toodle pip!
Bertie (who will probably not be a stage dog any time soon!)

Tama-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette, Ollie, Hotesse & Heloise said...

You are such a STAR, Toby!!!!


Mack and Mia said...

Toby, woo are so cool!! Like everydoggy else said, woo are a SUPER STAR!

Wags and woofs,
Mack and Mia

Anonymous said...

OMD you are such a pawsome pup! I sure wish that we coud all see you in the play!

woo woos, Tessa

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Excellent job. Annie is a great play. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Anonymous said...

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Oskar said...

You're doing a really great job & I know that all of those kids adore you!

Nubbin wiggles,

Golden Samantha said...

Man, Toby! I couldn't sit still for the long stretches that you are able to do and I think I'm a couple of months older than you! What a huge star you are - I am so very impressed and so are my sisters!!! Great job...
Big Hugs xoxoxo
Avalon (and Sammie and Ozzie too!)

Dexter said...

That was a most amazing movie! What an actor you are. Like totally into the role of Sandy and coming when called and pretending not to come and everything. You are going to steal the show.


Unknown said...

Oh Wow, Toby - you were BRILLIANT!!!!! first, I loved the bit where you sort of flopped over when Annie came over to pat you - hee! hee! That's my kind of acting! But then the most amazing part is when she called you - how on earth did your human teach you to ignore the first 2 calls and come the last time?? That is so clever!

Honey the Great Dane