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Yorkshire Terrier, 19, retires from ‘The Nutcracker’

The Associated Press

Providence, R.I. – After more than 125 performances in “The Nutcracker” in Rhode Island, a 19-year-old Yorkshire terrier named Archie is leaving the stage.

This undated photo shows Archie, a Yorkshire Terrier who has performed in more than 125 performances of "The Nutcracker." Festival Ballet Providence has announced that its beloved 19-year-old Nutcracker dog is retiring from the stage.

Festival Ballet Providence announced this week that its beloved “Nutcracker” dog is retiring.

The ballet says Archie achieved stardom in his annual romp across the Providence Performing Arts Center stage and is ready for the next chapter.

Misha Djuric (JUHR’-itch), the ballet’s artistic director and Archie’s owner, says Archie is “settling down to a life of luxury and long naps on pillows.”

In this undated photo provided by Festival Ballet Providence, Misha Djuric, the ballet company's artistic director, holds Archie, his Yorkshire Terrier, who has performed in more than 125 performances of "The Nutcracker."

The ballet is holding auditions for the next “Nutcracker” dog. Auditions will take place at the Festival Ballet Providence studios on Hope Street in Providence on Dec. 2.

The ballet says it’s looking for a pup with an elegant prance, regal coat of fur and charming smile.