Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Directed by Jon Legg who has directed Disney’s Mulan Jr, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, James and the Giant Peach and Disney’s Tarzan for GREAT Theatre.

Choreography by Desiree’ Clark who has choreographed Disney’s Tarzan, The Wizard of Oz and Disney’s Mulan Jr.

Musical Direction by Scott Wachtler who has musically directed Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, James and the Giant Peach and West Side Story.

My vision for this show is to keep true to the story of Beauty and the Beast that everyone knows while bringing in our own moments of comedy, beauty, and mystery.  The word that keeps coming to my mind when going through the script and reading this show is “amazing.” This is what I and the production team are going to strive for in every moment of this show.  From the opening prologue to the last bows I want the audience to leave confident that they have just see the best show that GREAT has ever done.

Rehearsal Information

Rehearsals are planned for Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:30 and Saturdays from 10:00 – 3:00.  Different roles will be called different amounts (Belle is called a lot, the Silly Girls are called far less), but we are casting this several weeks before the first rehearsal so that we can get a detailed schedule out to everyone by that time.

Character Information

Auditions are open to ages 8 to adult.  There is a brief character description listed below.  Know that “Stage Age” means that when on stage you appear to be in the range listed.  Chorus roles are open to all ages 8 and older.

BELLE (Stage Age 18-30) Belle is kind, gentle, and beautiful but she is also strong, intelligent, spirited, and independent.  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 and strength in her singing and acting.  Mezzo-Soprano: Low A-High F

THE BEAST (Stage Age 21-35) The Beast’s tortured soul is evident for all to see.  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.  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 opposite of the Beast.  Although physically handsome, he is shallow, not very bright, and thrives on attention.  However, when his ego is bruised he becomes a very dangerous threat.  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 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, 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 his love for his daughter.  Kind, gentle, enthusiastic and inventive, he becomes clear headed and determined when Belle faces danger.  Maurice and Belle sing a duet called No Matter What.  Baritone: B flat-High D flat

BABETTE (Stage Age 20-40) Babette is a saucy enchanted feather duster and the object of Lumiere’s affections.  This role requires good character acting and should move well.  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 should move well.  Baritone: A-High F sharp

COGSWORTH (Stage Age 30+) Cogsworth is a tightly-wound enchanted clock and is 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) Chip is an inquisitive little teacup who is the son of Mrs. Potts.  Boy Soprano: D-High D

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

MONSIEUR D’ARQUE (Stage Age 30+) D’arque is the creepy, scheming proprietor of the local insane asylum who sings with Gaston and Lefou in The Maison De Lune.  Tenor: D-High A

THREE SILLY GIRLS (Stage Age 16-25) The silly girls are three pretty young maids who swoon over Gaston.

ENSEMBLE (TOWNSPEOPLE and ENCHANTED OBJECTS) The ensemble is very busy in this show.  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).