Orphan Dog to Perform in ‘Annie’
Lloyd, an 18-month old hound mix and Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary
"adoptable,” will be playing the part of Annie's dog Sandy in "Annie” at
7:30 p.m. Feb. 20-21 and Feb. 23, 8 p.m. Feb. 22 and 2 p.m. Feb. 24 in
the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State
University's River Campus.
"I am certain that audiences will love Lloyd,” said Amy Fritsche, director of "Annie.”
Melanie Coy of Jackson, Mo., Lloyd's trainer, said Lloyd is well suited to play Sandy.
"Lloyd is Sandy: a dog of the streets, thrown away and
forgotten until some very special people came into his life and gave him
the ultimate gift of love,” Coy said.
Lloyd was surrendered to the Humane Society of Southeast
Missouri and transferred into Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary in Jackson,
Mo., as a candidate for obedience training through the Department of
Corrections, Puppies for Parole program. His training was completed
through the Boothealer program offered at Southeast Correctional Center
in Charleston, Mo.
Puppies for Parole is a program which pairs inmate handlers and dogs for an obedience training program.
"It enriches the lives of all involved,” Coy said. "The men have worked tirelessly to prepare Lloyd for his role as Sandy.”
In addition to working with trainers, Lloyd is scheduled for
four rehearsals with the cast and will be very well prepared to assume
"He actually seems to glow when the music comes up,” Coy
said. "In his doggy way, he is aware that something magical is about to
come to him. He's that kind of dog, sweet, mild natured and eager to
please. He's unflappable with heavy activity and willing to do whatever
is asked of him.”
Lloyd is available for adoption through Safe Harbor Animal
Sanctuary. He is fully vetted, comes with a complete diary of his time
spent in training and is ready to gain his certification as a Canine
Good Citizen as set forth by the American Kennel Club. Lloyd would be
suitable for a family or even an older person. He is gentle and eager to
"Lloyd is a dog that was found as a stray, basically thrown
away,” Coy said. "Under normal circumstances he may have been nothing
more than a euthanasia statistic, but thanks to Safe Harbor Animal
Sanctuary and the Missouri Department of Corrections, he was given a
Coy became involved in obedience training in 1984 and began
offering obedience classes professionally in 1998. Her main focus is
community programs designed to address behavior issues confronting dog
owners that put dogs at risk of surrender to shelters. Her work also
addresses the needs of dogs already displaced and living in shelters
and/or rescues to enhance adoptability. She has served three years as
trainer of record for the Missouri Department of Corrections, Puppies
for Parole and Boothealer dog training program based in the Southeast
Correctional Center in Charleston, Mo.
"We are all very grateful for this opportunity,” Coy said.
"On behalf of the men and Lloyd, I thank you in advance for the chance
to show the world what throw away dogs are all about.”
The Broadway classic and Tony Award-winning musical "Annie”
is a familiar show for kids of all ages, who will laugh and cry with
little orphan Annie and the hilarious characters in this fantastic show.
The musical will feature songs such as "Hard-Knock Life,” "Tomorrow”
and "Easy Street.”
Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box
Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St.,
weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265. Tickets
also may be purchased at RiverCampusEvents.com.
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