• Cashiers' Keeper appears in the lower left of this "Instant Family" movie poster.
    Cashiers' Keeper appears in the lower left of this "Instant Family" movie poster.

Cashiers movie dog to give 'paw-o-graphs' at plateau showing

>> UPDATE: Due to inclement weather and the cancellation of the Cashiers Christmas Parade, the Highlands Playhouse is changing the date of its "Instant Family" event featuring Cashiers' Keeper to Tuesday, Dec. 11, starting at 6:30 p.m. Keep your eyes on the website for updates. 


By Don Richeson / Staff

CASHIERS-HIGHLANDS PLATEAU -- Cashiers resident Elizabeth Fletcher’s movie star Bernese mountain dog, Keeper, is scheduled to make two plateau appearances this Saturday, Dec. 8. Keeper plays “Meatball” in a new Paramount Pictures’ major motion picture, “Instant Family,” which opened last month. In the movie, Meatball is the dog of childless couple “Pete and Ellie” (played by Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne), who stumble into the world of foster care adoption.

Keeper is scheduled to join two dozen other Bernese mountain dogs and their owners in the noon Saturday Cashiers Christmas Parade. “Berners,” as they are nicknamed, were bred to pull carts on farms in Switzerland and many will be pulling holiday-decorated small carts in the parade, including Keeper.

After the parade, Keeper and his owner, Elizabeth Fletcher, will attend a special 4 p.m. showing of “Instant Family” at the Highlands Playhouse at 362 Oak St. in Highlands. Prior to the showing, Fletcher will host a Q & A with Keeper at the playhouse and folks can find out what it was like being a part of a major Hollywood production.

“I’m overwhelmed the (Highlands) theater would do this,” Fletcher said. “This is my home, so it makes me feel really special to have the community behind us. I’m really honored.”

After the showing, Keeper, who is expected to wear the red bow tie Fletcher purchased for the movie’s red carpet showing in Los Angeles, will be available for souvenir photos and “paw-o-graphs.” Although last month’s LA red carpet showing was canceled due to the massive fires in California at the time, Keeper did wear the bow tie during a special LA screening for foster children and children evacuated from the fires.

“This (Dec. 8) event is a fundraiser benefitting the Highlands Playhouse, so show your support for cinema on the plateau and take part in this special afternoon,” Playhouse Managing Director Lance Matzke said in an email. Tickets are $10 and donations will be accepted. (There are additional "Instant Family" showtimes Dec. 7-11).

For information, visit https://www.highlandsplayhouse.org.

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