Local canine stars in area play

BOURBON — When Julie Boardman’s sister suggested to Julie that she have her dog try out for a part in a play, Boardman laughed. She laughed because, according to her, “Madison would have flunked dog obedience school.”
Madison, Boardman’s 10-year-old, male, cocker spaniel mix, beat out five other dogs to win the part of Sandy in the musical “Annie.”
Boardman attended the show’s opening night and says that she may go back again a couple more times to see the star of the show. She has been told that “Madison has sold more tickets than anyone else” which is surprising because “he is the only cast member who doesn’t get paid.” According to Boardman, the dog’s favorite part of the whole process is being around all the children.
In addition to being a natural on stage and memorizing the play very quickly, Madison also has something very much in common with the character he plays. He was found by Julie about 10 years ago, when, as a puppy, he was wandering around town all by himself, and just like Sandy, was to Annie, Madison has become an integral part Boardman’s family.
Madison is performing in “Annie” at the Wagon Wheel Theatre in Warsaw, Thursday through Friday, through Dec. 19.