Former shelter dog cast in production of ‘Annie’

In the musical “Annie,” an orphan female rescues Sandy, a lovable stray that no one particular else needs.

In an upcoming output of “Annie,” the canine actor actively playing Sandy has a equally difficult knock tale, generating the concept even a lot more heartwarming. A Pyrenees combine named Olaf portrays Sandy in “Annie” at the Muskegon Catholic Central Theater in Muskegon, Michigan. Prior to producing his theatrical debut, Olaf was also a canine that no one particular required.

Jodi Jarvis-Therrian, a puppy coach with Puppy Blessed, rescued Olaf about 4 a long time in the past right after he was transported from an overcrowded shelter in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. She experienced just dropped her beloved pet dog, Odin, and was not guaranteed if she was ready to undertake another. But she agreed to foster Olaf.

“He just experienced that look, like ‘Please get me out of below,’” she says. “And I have a detail for white, fluffy dogs.”

Courtesy of Jodi Jarvis-Therrian

When he arrived, Olaf was heart worm optimistic, really timid and frightened by even the most straightforward commands. When she’d give the “sit” command, Olaf would sit, but he would cower like he was damage. Jarvis-Therrian guessed that a prior proprietor was impatient with him and yelled a great deal.

So, in her lighter, optimistic tone, she gave the usual commands in Pig Latin alternatively. Somewhat than indicating “sit,” she may say, “it-say” — a expression that didn’t have adverse connotations for Olaf. The strategy labored wonderfully. Quickly more than enough, he’d realized several instructions.

“I feel in providing puppies intent and pleasurable and employment,” she suggests. “And he is so eager to perform now. It can help a dog’s self confidence soar, and it did with him.”

She provides Olaf with her almost everywhere, which includes her local community training classes, the place he is a large enable with the puppies. “During pup social time, if a person is fearful, I’ll consider him to the facet and just allow him cling out with Olaf. He can make himself variety of smaller and rolls about on his back again.”

Aspect of Jarvis-Therrian’s doggy education function requires certifying animal actors, and Olaf has his black card certification. “I submit all the pleasurable acting things Olaf does [on social media],” Jarvis-Therrian says. And that’s how “Annie’s” musical director, Jacqui Robinson, acquired phrase about Olaf.

Olaf the rescue dog dressed in big red bowCourtesy of Jodi Jarvis-Therrian

Jarvis-Therrian introduced Olaf in to meet Lila Offman, the 13-yr-previous actress who plays Annie.

“Olaf is so lovable, variety and fluffy,” Offman says of her canine costar. “And he is a ton of pleasurable!”

The experience was mutual, as Olaf relishes interest from little ones.

“I assumed, as prolonged as he’s very good with it, I’m excellent with it,” Jarvis-Therrian claims. “I want him to have a delighted lifestyle. His lifestyle span might be shorter since of his coronary heart, but I want every second to just be awesome and fun.”

Olaf is a superb mimic, subsequent entire body language. He watches Lila and follows what she does. When Lila spins, he spins. And he’s not disturbed by the loud new music.

“On the very first day, it was all sort of Greek to us, but Olaf was just content and foolish,” Jarvis-Therrian says. “Lila set her small headset on, and they performed the tunes, and she started singing. And he ended up putting his head down on her lap and just flopping above! And it was like, ‘Oh, he’s likely to be so superior with that!’”

In the meantime, Robinson, the musical director, couldn’t be happier to have this charming rescue pet dog in her forged. “We have lucked out owning both of those Jodi and Olaf,” she suggests.  “They are such a blessing to have associated in our output!”

cast of AnnieCourtesy of Jodi Jarvis-Therrian

You can look at Jarvis-Therrian go over Olaf’s starring part at And if you stay nearby, you can continue to invest in tickets to see Olaf and Lila accomplish in “Annie” on March 22 at 7 p.m. and March 23 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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