OKLAHOMA CITY  — One special dog from the Oklahoma City area will strut their stuff on the Civic Center Music Hall stage this summer. Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma will hold auditions for the animal role of Toto in The Wizard of Oz from 4-8 p.m. on Feb. 12 at Lyric’s production center, 1801 N.W. 16th St. in Oklahoma City.

“We’re specifically searching for a 13 to 18 pound, dark haired, dog, preferably in the terrier family. But, all dogs are welcome,” said Lyric’s producing artistic director Michael Baron. “We’re excited to have some of Oklahoma’s most talented pooches show us their tricks!”

If cast, the starring canine must be able to take basic commands and be held or carried by an actor. In addition, the dog must be comfortable with bright lights and loud noises, be patient with large groups of people, and be calm when placed inside an appropriately sized basket.

This audition is an open call, and no appointments are required. Dogs must be able to sit, stay, and heel on voice command. Each dog and its owner will have five minutes in the audition room to show their skills and best tricks. Owners are encouraged to bring treats or toys as needed to help their pet shine.

The selected dog and its owner are required to attend all rehearsals and performances. A complete schedule of these rehearsal and performances times can be found at LyricTheatreOKC.com/The-Search-For-Toto.

Single tickets are on sale now for The Wizard of Oz, which runs July 12 through 16 at the Civic Center Music Hall. Tickets start at $30, and can be purchased by visiting Lyric’s box office at 1727 N.W. 16th Street, calling 524-9312 or visiting LyricTheatreOKC.com.