Lexi’s Bio

Lexi is a Miniature Schnauzer with many hours of theater under her collar. Her interest in performance began with the many hours she spent helping to teach ballroom dance with her family at the North River Dance Center in Hixson as well as the Sequatchie Valley Dance Theater in Dunlap. She was chosen for the role of Toto in the fall of 2007, where she had 26 stunning performances, culminating in the first animal to receive the coveted Annie Award. She loves being part of a large and varied cast and using her skills from agility and freestyle training.

She reprised her role as Toto at the Colonnade in North Georgia for another seven performances. In Chattanooga TN, she led the city’s Grand Illumination Parade downtown onto the riverfront stage; ridden about town in a pedicab with “Dorothy” to promote the Chattanooga Symphony Opera’s production of the Wizard of Oz – and almost got blown away by a real tornado; and did several walk-ons for ballet and other theater groups. Lexi returned to the Colonnade two years later, when she was eleven, to once again star as Toto in a production in the Wizard of Oz. She was exhausted from a long weekend of performances, including one earlier that day, and only wanted to go home. But when she understood that this was the last time she would ever play Toto, she acted her heart out and gave the best performance of her life.

When not performing, Lexi gives back to the community as a therapy dog at T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital. She believes in practicing the message of Oz, to ‘help others get what they need, and get joy in return.’ Her other pursuits are squirrels and rabbits.