Suny the English staffy could be Wagga's next big thing

Suny the English staffy could be Wagga's next big superstar as his owners enter him in a tribute show headlined by Aussie singer Melinda Schneider.

The Tribute to Doris Day show will be on this Saturday July 29 at Wagga Civic Theatre and will honour the legendary triple threat performer and animal activist.

The call has been put out there, Melinda said, for a local dog to take the stage with her.

“I’m looking for a dog who can walk on a stage and take direction,” she said.

“The dog needs to be able to jump on a chair while we perform a song together.”

Suny’s owner, Kate Hancock definitely thinks he’s got what it takes.

“He was the ring bearer at the wedding to my husband and sat alongside the best man,” she said.

“We bathe him every night and when he gets called to the shower, he comes.

“It’s always fun dressing him up in costumes. We have a box of clothes dedicated to him.

Melinda first fell in love with Doris when she was eight and "saw Calamaity Jane on a Saturday night movie".

"I loved the whip and crack of the tomboy she played," she said.

"Her character was just so funny and amazing."

After researching her life when writing the stage show, Melinda said she didn't realise the "tumultuous life" Doris had.

"She was married four times," she said.

"Her third husband bankrupted herand she even had a close brush with Charles Manson."

Kate and husband Levi have high hopes for Suny to take the stage with Melinda given his personality and fun-loving nature.

“We’ve had him for four years,” she said.

“We got him on a Sunday and we spelled his name with one n.

“It would be great to see him up there on stage.”

Audiences will be treated to 26 "amazing songs," Melinda said, and will get to know more personal side of Doris.

"I'll uncover some little known stories," she said.

"I've been doing the show on and off for the last six years. I did a big theatre version of the show in Sydney and Melbourne.

"This is a more intimate version of the show with my three-piece band."

Tickets for the event can be found at the Wagga Civic Theatre website.


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