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By Becca Owsley

By BECCA OWSLEY bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com RADCLIFF — Four-legged Hardin Countians may finally have a shot at the big time. The Youth Theatre of Hardin County is auditioning dogs for the part of Toto for “The Wizard of Oz.”   Producers are looking for good-natured dogs, preferably trained or trainable, eight pounds or smaller of any breed. The dog and owner need to be present at all performances and evening rehearsals in July. Bill Marsee, YTHC president, said a small dog is needed because Dorothy may need to carry the dog at some points in the production and the dog will need to be lifted with ease. Because this year is the 70th anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz,” the crew wanted to use a real dog instead of a stuffed one so the production could be as close to the original as possible. The theater has involved live animals in productions before; chickens have laid eggs on stage, Marsee said. Auditions are noon Saturday in the parking lot of the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High school. Finalists may move inside the theater to see how they will react to noise and staging. Toto is a large part for an animal in a production and there are risks that the dog will not cooperate, but Marsee said he's willing to give it a try. “They’ll steal the show on you,” he said. For more information call (270) 765-5421. Becca Owsley can be reached at (270) 505-1741.