Thursday, March 12, 2009

Here's the cast for Beagadoon!

As I mentioned earlier this month, production is about to begin on "Beagadoon!" an new version of the classic story of a New York lad who falls for his Scottish lassie (not Lassie. She was too expensive and a bit too long in the tooth).

Joseph Stains will play the role of my best friend, Jeff Douglas. (Now, no worries, Eric Square Dog is still my bestest friend, but Joey will be tackling that role onscreen. You'll understand more later...) Even though Joseph lives in Arizona, he's a Yankees fan, loves pizza and can trash talk with the best of them. In other words, a native New Yorker.
Next up is the highly contested role of Meg Brockie, a "vendor with a taste for gentlemanly companionship." Lacie seemed like a natural if not a bit of type-casting. With her recent illness, she has had to back out of the production. Instead, the boy-crazy Scots lass who set her eye on Jeff Douglas will be played by a true celebrity Sophie Brador who has graciously volunteered to share her trailer with all the men in the cast.
Meg's employer Angus McGuffie will be played by Ben Rotti and a new role of his wife Sally McGuffie has been written for Khyra. (We're counting on Ben to also serve as Khyra's voice coach.)

Archie Beaton, a "seller of wools and tartans" (that's "plaid" to you Yanks!) will be played by Gooberstanian royalty Stanley. A minor role, Stanley nonetheless is a key figure in a pivotal and very dramatic scene. 
His son, the moody Harry Beaton who is in love with Jeannie MacLaren, will be played by Taffy. His part was decided after his sister Molly's endorsement "Taffy is hot tempered and irascible...he wouldn't even have to act if cast as Harry Beaton."

The patriarch of the MacLaren Clan will be played by Snoop of Dughallmor Beagles. There was some confusion that the part was going to this Snoop dog. While some agree that he is a hound dog, we preferred to stick with canine casting and instead went with Rosie's older brother. Snoop the beagle seems very easy to work with - his only request was that his trailer be close to the catering truck. Or even in the catering truck.

Additional roles for two wise-ish MacLaren Aunties have been written for sister Martha and Bailey Basset. Think of the Redgrave sisters Lynn and Vanessa.......or slightly heavier Olsen twins, Martha Kate and Bashley.

 Needless to say, the lead female role of Fiona MacLaren will be played by my Scottish love RosieWe've already practiced some of the kissing scenes. We're really good at it!

A new role of Rosie's sister has been written for Gabbi. And younger sister, Jeannie MacLaren has been cast by Toffee. While Jeannie doesn't have many lines, she must be an excellent dancer, which Toffee admirably demonstrated in London over Valentine's Day.

However, this role calls for Toffee and Eric Square Dog to perform a very different kind of fling! Speaking of which, the role of Jeannie's fiance Charlie Dalrymple goes to Eric Square Dog. While Eric has a posh accent that makes him sound like a toff (hmmm, maybe that was the attraction to Toffee?) he has promised to keep repeating "Wiry Square Terrier Eric" over and over to practice rolling his "rrrr's." Marvin the Hollow Hound has also taken on the role of dialogue coach. (He's like the Meryl Streep of dog accents.)

Wise village sage Mr. Lundie will be played by veteran Scotsman Hamish Westie
Hamish will be going to visit the Dughallmor Beagles this weekend to begin rehearsals. (Or at least that's what we think he said. His accent is a bit thick. Och ie!)

After seeing her screen test, Stella of Gooberstan seemed a natural to play the role of dancer Maggie Anderson who is in love with Harry Beaton. ("Why?" asked his sister Molly.) A small part, but she has a very dramatic solo dance at the end of the first act. Plus, we'll have Stan on set to subdue the two Lakelands!

The final role of Jane Ashford, Tommy socialite girlfriend in New York, could only go to Asta Urbanista. Although it's a small part towards the end of the show, Asta immediately called Lacie who rallied from her sickbed to go on a spree for the perfect costume. 

With her wiry gracefulness, Asta will also serve as the dance coach for the film - a crucial role with the big Bonnie Jean Ballet number for the girls and the Sword Dance for the boys. 

The Sword Dancers will be Marvin, Alfie, Dexter, Scampi, Noah and Sparky.

The Bonnie Jean Ballerinas are Tess, Willow, Lucie, Niamh, Suzuki, Mason Dixie, Teka Toy, Asta and Ruby Bleu.  Bae Bae will have a solo on a dresser so she doesn't get stepped on during the dance!

Since we were afraid of Mango in a kilt, we have asked him to be my Assistant Director.

So start memorizing your lines, rolling your "rrr's," and practicing your highland leaps!


Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Ahhhhhh! Nothing for me? I'm a New Yorkers fan, hello?
I watched every episode of Sex and the City, come on, I know how to act, I can learn how to trash talk if someone teaches me!
I'm gonna stop blogging!
Mango's Mom: Let him stop blogging, he's just so spoiled!

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

This is so cool, we are new around here so we are just thoroughly fascinated by this whole production. Great job casting. Now evfurryone, go break a leg.

Tail wags, the OP Pack

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage said...

Please just khall me Sally!

Khyra Rotti
PeeEssWoo: I khan't WAIT fur the khast pawty!

Martha said...

Petey that sounds very exciting - what a cast!
Cant wait to see the sword dance! Good to see some good scottish dogs in there with Hamish, Marvin and Snoop!
Is it only you with the love interest or will there be a wee romance in the air for the two scottish aunties?
That has been a lot of hard work for you but it is all great fun!
Martha & Bailey xx

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Thanks for the comment on our blog - we came to you thanks to Khyra, of course - that girl knows how to get around. We are really looking forward to Beagadoon - such a creative idea!!

Play bows, the OP Pack

Asta said...

This is going to be may wevive the whole sagging Bwoadway scene..I'm looking fowawd to whipping evewyone into shape fow theiw dance numbews..umm, which studio awe we weheawsing in, and when is the fiwst weheawsal?
I think maybe you could find a pawt fwo mango the maltese kiddo.., he could be Joey's undewstudy, like Lacie will be Sophie's
love and smoochie kisses

Arran, Arthur and Mum said...

What a pawtastic cast. I cannot wait for all the behind the scenes gossip and then the movie itself.
~lickies, Ludo

Mango the Maltese kiddo said...

Was there an audition last week?
Where was I then? In Washington busy selecting a pup for the Obamas?
Hmmm! A kilt-wearing Highlander in the village of Beagadoon or a Cosmo-swilling New Yorker in the bar scene towards the end of the movie?
Make my appearance towards the end of the movie? Tsk, tks I don't think so but wearing a kilt like Prince Charles? Tough choice, anyway, surprise me, Petey.
Oh, does that mean I am selected?
I'm in the Beagadoon cast? I'm an actor finally, yeah!
Oh gosh, my mom was about to bribe you for a small role for me, hehe!

Hamish Westie said...

Oh oh oh I am so very excited about Beagadoon! Thank you so much for giving a part. The role Scottish schoolmaster sounds perfect for me. But I haven't ever acted before, so need advice. I'm thinking of adopting the method approach, and keeping in character for the duration. Is this a good idea, or should I go for the classical stage acting style? Maybe I should get some lessons?
Gail says not a hope....
Oh well, cheers anyway,

Noah the Airedale said...

Where's my sword???? How can I practice if I can't find my sword???? ..........Oh, the life of a dancer is just so hectic.....


Mason Dixie said...

sounds like this is going to be a great play. You should ask Lorenza to do costumes, she has an eye for fashion. =)

Lucia said...

Ciao caro Petey!

I will be sitting front row center at the Tony's barking "Bravo! Bravo!" at the top of my lungs when you all take the stage for your awards. What a magnifico production this promises to be!I'm already a hoooooooooooge fan!

Tanti baci!

Koobuss said...

Excellent job of casting, Petey! You selected a wide variety of talent. Your production should be outstanding!! Looking forward to seeing it.

Love and Koobuss Kisses,

Abby said...

Hi, Petey...

Definately an All Star Cast...

Can't wait for the premier...

Abby xxxooo

Dughallmor Beagles said...

How exciting....can't wait to be on-set with everyone....ummm our Aunties are insisting on Gabbi and I sharing a winnebago with them....just incase! But she doesn't know that I am an expert escape-artist, hehe! Anyway, as the leading lady I really should get my own, don't you think?
You did an excellent job with the casting Petey and i'm sure everyone will be just perfect in their roles....Hamish Westie is as you know meeting us this weekend and very much looking forward to his film debut!
Sweet smoochie slobbers....your Rosie-Posie xx

Lois Lane/Laney said...

BOL! I loved reading this!
You're so creative!

Anonymous said...


Hello it is a beautiful bright moon light night tonight.

Thank you so much dear Petey for the appointment as Dialogue Coach on your new movie, and a Sword Dancer too!!!!!!!

I am over excited now, two roles. Although I wish they were rolls, as in bread, never mind, I am sure I will cope marvinfully!

At the top of this comment is the first lesson from me for dialogue, I hope all movie participans will read, learn and understand ;0D

We must get this one right!

Och aye the noo and all that jazz.

love and many Marvin Movie Star Licks,

xxxxxxxxxxx mwah mwah sweetie!

oh and "lang may yer lum reek" - I will tell you more about this one tomorrow, you see, there is a lot to do, it is a dirty job but someone called Marvin has to do it!

Molly the Airedale said...

What an awesome cast! We can't wait for the show to begin!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Gus said...

I am devastated.

Teka Toy Dagger

Eric said...

Pawfectly cast Petey. This is going to be a winner.Toffee and I are certainly going to enjoy flinging ourselves together hehe,hee!!

Now back to my elecootion lessons. ...arrrround the rrrrrrrraged rrrrrock the rrrrraged rrrrrascal ran...

Wirrrrrry wags, Errrrrrrric x

Suzuki said...

I'm a ballerina? COOOOOOOOOL :)
Thanks Petey!
Big licks to you

Dexter said...

Petey! This is quite an undertaking and I am sure it will be an Oscar nominee.

THanks for throwing a part Pee-Wee's way. He'll have to practice his hops to keep from getting pierced by those swords.

I am puzzled as to why you were concerned about my mangoness in a kilt, but no worries, I am better behind the scenes anyway.


P.S. I worry that Khyra might need to be dubbed. I am not sure the voice coach will be able to help too much.

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

Mango in a kilt? I'd give anything to help fit that's gotta be better than him in that costume from the Nutcracker....

Scruffy and Stanley have announced this STOOPID CONTEST. GRRRRRRRRRRR!

I can roll my r's with the best of them, Petey!!!!

Love and kisses..


I am soooooooooooo tired...I've napped more today than I ever have in my life...last night I never changed position in my crate once...Mumsie get pokin' me to see if I was alive...being sick is exhaustin'....

Lorenza said...

HI, Petey!
Sounds pawesome!
I can't wait to see it!
Kisses and hugs

Joe Stains said...

omdog I am honored and humbled and so totally ready for this acting challenge. I am also ready to fight any dog that denies me access to Sophie's trailer as I am the number 1 boyfriend. omdog this is going to be so very exciting I can hardly wait. You did a great job casting!

Huskee and Hershey said...

Hi Petey,
I bet this will be a great production and blockbuster!!

Niamh said...

I am very excited to be a ballerina! I am practicing my leaps and taking a bow. Can't wait for the filming to begin.

Your friend,

The Black and Tans. said...

Oh golly gosh, woweeee, how absolutely super.

Thanks Petey. This is fantastic! I am going to practice my Grrrrrrrrrrrr's and see how well I can roll them from now on.


Oh heck, now Taffy has this part we will probably have to widen the door frames to get his head through them!

Molly :-)

LuLu and LoLLy! said...

Dear Petey, We are new to blogging but this is certainly one of the best reasons to do it -- this is a truly outstanding producshon you have going here! A very enthusiastic Two Paws UP! Also, we think in partikular EVERYDOGGY should have their tralers in the catering truck. Love, your PaLs, LuLu and LoLLy!

Biggie-Z said...

This sounds really cool! I can't wait to hear about the on-set shenanigans and behind-the-scenes gossip and drama.

P.S. I think Mango in a kilt would be most awesome. Until he started to pee, that is.

Agatha and Archie said...

We look forward to this.........Love A+A

Sophie Brador said...

I am so pleased to back at work. I'm sure you understand that I will need as many turkey necks and marrow bones as you can fit in my trailer.

In the meantime, I am very jelly that my mom will get to see you in NYC. She is sure to give you lots of smoochies!