"They were letting her dangle. Bruiser's a guy, and they were showing the audience she's not," he said and laughed.
Aside from making sure her lady parts are covered, there haven't been any problems. Brightwell was initially worried that the number of people would overwhelm Thudd.
"There are 30-odd people in the cast plus all the crew," he noted. "I wasn't sure how she'd react to that many people at once, but she's surprised me.
"She just likes the attention. She's very spoiled, so she's loving all this attention."
Another motivator is bribing her with treats when she exits the stage, if she's been good. Sadly, though, those treats aren't gourmet.
"I joked when we started, 'We have to have our own dressing room, gourmet doggie treats and top billing,'" Brightwell said.
"We haven't gotten any of those things."
As for Thudd's future as a performer, who knows?
Brightwell laughed. "Maybe she'll get discovered and do commercials and make me a very rich person."
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