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Meet the 3 dogs selected for Festival Ballet’s The Nutcracker

A fetching Corgi, Golden Doodle, and Golden Retriever will be the first new canine cast members of The Nutcracker in nearly 20 years.


Provided by Festival Ballet Providence

The search is over. Three very special dogs – Teddy, Phoebe, and Bronx – have been selected as the newest additions to the cast of Festival Ballet Providence’s The Nutcracker at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC).

The Nutcracker – Photo by Festival Ballet Providence

These fluffy finalists were selected out of an original group of nearly 50 dogs that auditioned in November 2018. A second round of callbacks was held under the lights on the PPAC stage on December 11, 2018, from which two dogs were selected by a panel of judges.

A third “wild card” was voted in by “pup-ular” opinion on the Company’s Instagram page (festivalballetprovidence).  More than 1,000 votes were cast in under seven hours.

Archie – Photo by Festival Ballet Providence

The search was commissioned after the Company announced the beloved Nutcracker mascot “Archie” would retire from the stage this year. The three new cast mates will be the first new canine cast members since Archie first took the stage 19 years ago.

The three dogs will attend rehearsals and will ultimately alternate performances of The Nutcracker, Dec. 21-23, 2018. You can get tickets to The Nutcracker here.


Age: 4
Breed, Color: Corgi, White & Tan,  27 lb. Male
Owners: Amanda & Mike Meehan
Hometown: North Providence

Teddy’s photo by Ty Parmenter


Breed, Color: Petite Golden Doodle, Champagne, 22 lb. Female 
Owner: Jane Bromberg 
Hometown: Providence 

Phoebe’s photo by Festival Ballet Providence


Breed, Color: Golden Retriever, Gold/Red; 75lb. Male 
Owners: Christine & Dennis Rockwell 
Hometown: Kingston 

Bronx’s photo by Festival Ballet Providence

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