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Meet the dog behind Toto in American Stage's 'The Wiz'

A dog named Daisy, who is playing Toto in American Stage’s production of The Wiz in the park. Her owner is local actor Zack Sutton. The Wiz opens Friday at Demen’s Landing Park in St. Pete.

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A dog named Daisy, who is playing Toto in American Stage’s production of The Wiz in the park. Her owner is local actor Zack Sutton. The Wiz opens Friday at Demen’s Landing Park in St. Pete.

Channeling Toto: Daisy gets her close-up

There can be no Oz-ly venture without the little dog, too. For American Stage's production of The Wiz, the coveted role of Toto went to a pooch named Daisy.

Daisy belongs to Zack Sutton, 21, an actor, St. Petersburg College student and Publix employee. Sutton got Daisy for his bar mitzvah back in the day.

The Wiz props master Jerid Fox asked Sutton about using Daisy shortly before the show, when the Toto originally cast fell through. This will be Daisy's stage debut, and although she doesn't look like a traditional Toto, The Wiz is all about reinvention. A little about her:

Age: 7

Breed: wire fox terrier

Likes: running, being outdoors, squeaky chew toys, people, cheese, turkey

Dislikes: fireworks and thunderstorms, baths, getting wet. Let's hope it doesn't rain in the park.

Stephanie Hayes, Times performing arts critic

Meet the dog behind Toto in American Stage's 'The Wiz' 04/08/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 6:45pm]
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