Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – Audition Notice

Based on the smash hit 1991 Disney movie and dating back to a late 18th-century classic French fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman who feels out of place in her provincial French village. When her father is imprisoned in a mysterious castle, Belle’s attempt to rescue him leads to her capture by the Beast, a grisly and fearsome monster, who was long ago trapped in his gruesome form by an enchantress. The only way for the Beast to become human once again is if he learns to love and be loved in return. There is a time limit, too: once a magical rose loses all of its petals, all hope will be lost and he will stay a Beast forever. The Beast’s enchanted household–populated by such beloved characters as Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, Cogsworth, and Chip–watch anxiously as Belle and the Beast grow to understand and befriend one another. Their feelings grow ever deeper as the clock ticks and petals continue to fall off the enchanted rose–will they confess their love for one another before it is too late? (http://stageagent.com/shows/musical/321/beauty-and-the-beast#ixzz4byhXFTHc)

 Audition Dates

(Please only attend one. See specific Chip audition information below.)

Sunday, May 21st, 2017: 02:00pm (All roles except Chip)

Monday, May 22nd, 2017: 06:30pm (All roles except Chip)

 

Those interested specifically in auditioning for the role of Chip or in assisting with off-/back-stage teams should attend a separate audition:

Sunday, May 21st, 2017: 01:00pm (Chip/Set/Crew/Costuming only)

Monday, May 22nd, 2017: 05:30pm (Chip/Set/Crew/Costuming only)

Individuals at the Chip audition may be asked to stay for other role/dance auditions.

 

Please save the date/time for callbacks which will be held on Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017 at 06:30pm.

Location: All auditions, callbacks, rehearsals, and performances will be at Glema Mahr Center for the Arts (2000 College Drive, Madisonville, KY 42431), unless otherwise noted.

 

Audition Requirements: All participants will be expected for both the music and movement auditions.

Music

Please prepare a 16-bar selection (musical theater piece in a similar style to, but not from, Beauty and the Beast) that best showcases your vocal ability. An accompanist will be provided, so please bring sheet music in the correct key. You are welcome to bring a backing track or CD without vocals, but please have it queued and make sure your device is in airplane mode, if applicable.

 

Movement/Dance

Please come prepared (comfortable clothing/shoes) to move/dance. You will learn a short movement/dance piece in that will be performed in small groups.

 Rehearsals

There will be a mandatory cast meeting/read-through on Thursday, May 25th, 2017 at 06:30pm. At this meeting, we will assign and read through scripts, take some preliminary measurements for costumes, and get to know each other!

Rehearsals will begin Tuesday, May 30th and will be held during the week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 06:30pm – approximately 09:00pm.

Additional days will be added, as necessary, as we get closer to performance dates.

Performance Dates

Friday, July 14th, 2017: 07:00pm

Saturday, July 15th, 2017: 02:00pm

Saturday, July 15th, 2017: 07:00pm

Sunday, July 16th, 2017: 02:00pm

 

Character Descriptions

Please note Stage Age is not a reflection of Actor’s Age, but the Character’s.

Casting will be based on ability to convey character.

BELLE (Stage Age: 18-30) Belle is the original fairy tale heroine–kind, gentle, and beautiful–but with an important 21st Century twist. She is a strong, intelligent, spirited and independent young woman. Belle is the moral conscience of the story, elevated by her thoughts and deeds. The maturity and depth of her character allow her to see the true beauty and spirit within The Beast, and to love him for it. This role requires a very strong singer who portrays innocence with her singing and speaking voice. Mezzo- Soprano: Low A-High F

THE BEAST /PRINCE ADAM (Stage Age: 21-35) The Beast’s tortured soul is evident for all to see. He is paying the ultimate price for a moment of mean-spiritedness, and wishes beyond wishing that he could rectify his mistake. There is anger and menace in The Beast’s appearance and behavior, but increasingly we see his soft and endearing side as he interacts with Belle. It becomes clear that he is a loving, feeling, human being trapped within a hideous creature’s body. This role requires a very strong singer, and the actor must have a strong speaking voice and stage presence. Baritone: A–High F

GASTON (Stage Age: 21-35) Gaston is the absolute antithesis of The Beast. Although he is physically handsome, he is shallow, completely self-centered, not very bright, and thrives on attention. However, when his ego is bruised he becomes a very dangerous foe for The Beast, Belle and Maurice. This role requires a strong singer and character actor who moves well. Baritone: A–High F

LEFOU (Stage Age: 18+) Lefou is Gaston’s dim-witted, servile sidekick. He goes to extraordinary lengths and suffers repeated humiliation in his efforts to please his master. The actor must be comfortable with physical comedy( GYMNAST PREFFERED) , and the role requires strong character acting. Baritone: B–High F Sharp

MAURICE (Stage Age: 40+) Despite being a bit scatter-brained, there is no mistaking Maurice’s steadfast love for his daughter Belle. Kindly, gentle, enthusiastic and inventive, he becomes single-minded and determined when Belle faces danger. Maurice and Belle sing the lovely duet No Matter What. Baritone: B flat–High D flat

BABETTE (Stage Age: 20’s-40’s) Babette is a saucy, enchanted feather-duster, and the object of Lumiere’s affections. This role requires good character acting and she should move well, as she dances a tango with Lumiere during Be Our Guest. This character speaks with a French accent. Alto: C–C

LUMIERE (Stage Age: 30+) Lumiere is the French butler who was transformed into a Candelabrum. He is light-hearted, suave, romantic, smooth-talking, and charming. He has a romantic involvement with Babette. This character speaks with a French accent. This role requires strong character acting, and he should move well. Baritone: A–High F sharp

COGSWORTH (Stage Age: 30+) Cogsworth is a tightly-wound, enchanted mantle clock and the head of the Beast’s household. He is a stuffy English man who loves perfection. This character speaks with a British accent. This role requires strong character acting. Baritone: A–High E

MRS. POTTS (Stage Age: 30+) Mrs. Potts is a warm-hearted, maternal enchanted teapot. She sings the title song Beauty and the Beast. This character speaks with a British accent. Mezzo-Soprano: Low F sharp– High G

CHIP (Stage Age: 8-12 years old) Chip is an inquisitive little teacup who is the son of Mrs. Potts. Young Soprano: D–High D (Will cast either male or female to play male role.)

MADAME DE LA GRANDE BOUCHE (Stage Age: 30+) Madame is a former opera diva turned enchanted wardrobe. Soprano: C sharp–High G

MONSIEUR D’ARQUE (Stage Age: 25+) D’arque is the creepy, scheming proprietor of the local insane asylum, The Maison De Lune. He doubles as a townsperson. Tenor: D–High A

THREE SILLY GIRLS (Stage Age:16-25) The silly girls are three pretty young maids who swoon over Gaston. They are featured dancers who double as enchanted objects.

ENSEMBLE (TOWNSPEOPLE – THE ENCHANTED OBJECTS) The ensemble is very busy, as they are both townspeople and enchanted objects. There are several solo lines in songs like Belle and The Mob Song, and many great dance numbers (Gaston, Be Our Guest, and Human Again). The Enchantress and Young Prince, the Baker, the Baker’s wife and the Bookseller are also all chorus members.

2 thoughts on “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – Audition Notice

  1. Chip auditions just started at 5:30 Monday and other auditions are at 6:30. I was out of the office today and didn’t receive notification of the post until just now. I hope you were able to find the information you needed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *