BEST PAW FORWARD: Jack Russell Edward will make his stage debut as Willoughby in Mary Poppins.
BEST PAW FORWARD: Jack Russell Edward will make his stage debut as Willoughby in Mary Poppins. Co

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A GORGEOUS pooch will make his stage debut in a Gold Coast production of Mary Poppins next month.

The 17-month-old Jack Russell, named Edward, will take on the role of Willoughby for Mary Poppins, when it is staged at The Arts Centre Gold Coast from Friday, June 17. Heidi Mackay, who is the acting horse master and dog trainer for the Australian Outback Spectacular, spent 11 days training Edward.

She was initially unsure of how he would respond to the training, so the pooch lived with her during that time.

“All dogs are different so you have to understand the dog before you can start teaching behaviours,” Mackay said.

“He has been great at learning anything I have asked of him.

Jack Russell, Edward, (pictured here with owner Heidi Mackay) will make his stage debut as Willoughby in The Arts Centre Gold Coast's production of Mary Poppins.
Jack Russell, Edward, (pictured here with owner Heidi Mackay) will make his stage debut as Willoughby in The Arts Centre Gold Coast's production of Mary Poppins.

“He absolutely loves working and is willing to please.”

Mackay said Edward had been spending time becoming conditioned to the environment of the Arts Centre and live audience atmosphere.

“Focus is going to be the key for Edward, but I know he has it in him,” she said.

Mary Poppins will be staged at The Arts Centre Gold Coast on Friday, June 17 at 7.30pm, Saturday, June 18 at 1pm and 7.30pm, Sunday, June 19 at 3pm, Thursday, June 23 at 6pm, Friday, June 24 at 7.30pm and Saturday, June 25 at 1pm and 7.30pm.

Tickets are $65 for adults, $59 concession and $54 each for a group of six or more. Students and children under 15 years are $42.



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