Most people are familiar with the story of a Kansas farm girl named Dorothy who has her world turned upside down when a tornado carries her to a far away land called Oz. One of the beloved characters in that tale is her little dog Toto. The Chico Theater Company recently opened its production of the Wizard of Oz, and brought in a dog named China from the Butte Humane Society to play Dorothy's companion. Cast members, like Roger Hart, say the 6 year-old Pekingese has adjusted well to her place in the spotlight in her acting debut.
"I realize that we may be doing the best possible job acting, but most people are looking at China because she's so cute. She's been a lot of fun and been a great performer," says Hart.
Hart and his family are fostering China during the run of the show, but once the curtains close she will be looking for somone to adopt her.
"We've had her for the last month and she's a lovely dog. She loves to play with a tennis ball and she's very bright," he says.
Although China is not the only highlight of the show. Kaila Davidson, who plays Dorothy, says there are plenty of parts that the audience will love.
"I think people will be surprised because we have a little extra in there that's not in the movie. So I would say definitely come and see the show," she says.
The Wizard of Oz will be running through April 22nd. For more information on performance dates and times we've posted a link under Newslinks.