Mar 072017
 

Eltham Little Theatre is proud to announce auditions for their 2017 Production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr to be performed at Eltham Little Theatre in Research at dates and times to be confirmed shortly.

Synopsis
The bright and beautiful Belle yearns to escape her provincial life and her brute of a suitor, Gaston. However, Belle gets more adventures than she wanted when she becomes a captive in the Beast’s enchanted castle! Dancing flatware, menacing wolves and singing furniture fill the stage with thrills in this beloved fairy tale about very different people finding strength in one another and learning how to love.

Rehearsal days
Rehearsals will be held on Wednesday evenings (7pm-10pm) and Sunday mornings (10am – 1pm). Younger children will be required until no later than 9pm on Wednesday evenings.

Age Range
10 – 18 years

Auditions
Friday 17 March: 7 pm – 10 pm
Saturday 18th March: 10 am – 12 noon and 2 pm – 4 pm
Sunday 19th March: 10 am – 1 pm

Audition Bookings
Book online for your audition time at Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/261417
Audition Venue
Eltham Little Theatre
1603 Main Rd
Research VIC 3095

Audition Preparation

Bring a 6 x 4 colour photograph to audition.
Prepare 1 song of your choice, preferably from musical theatre which highlights your vocal & performance skills. If you are auditioning for Belle you may also prepare HOME or BEAUTY AND THE BEAST from Beauty and the Beast Jr and if you are auditioning for Mrs Potts you may also prepare BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
Provide backing tracks only. (CD, USB and IPOD/IPHONE connection will be available for you to play your tracks)
You will be asked to read a small excerpt of the script.
Character Descriptions

Narrators
The Narrators provide a great opportunity for actors who are more comfortable speaking than singing. The script features four Narrators. These roles will be part of the ensemble (villagers). Age 10-18 Gender: both

Belle
Belle is a smart, confident young woman from a small village. We are looking for a strong singer and actress who is able to stand up to Gaston while showing compassion for Maurice, the servants and eventually the Beast.
Age 16-18 Gender: female – Vocal range top: F5 /Vocal range bottom: G3

Maurice
Maurice is an aging and eccentric inventor, but more importantly, the adoring and protective father of Belle. This non-solo singing role is perfect for the actor who can have fun interpreting this crazy old man while conveying some very strong emotions: fear and fatherly love. Age 12 – 18 Gender: male

Beast
The Beast is a young prince who was hideously transformed by the Enchantress’ spell. We are looking for an actor who can deliver a range of conflicting emotional states. Although the Beast does sing a small bit during Something There and the Finale, this is truly an acting role (and his lyrics can be spoken.
Age 16 – 18 Gender: male – Vocal /range top: E5 /Vocal range bottom: B3

Gaston
Gaston is pompous and dim-witted and will do whatever it takes to win Belle’s hand. Gaston has all the confidence in the world but lacks the humility to balance it. We are looking for a strong singer and actor. He has to be able to sell his big number with gusto and arrogance as well as lead the Villagers in The Mob Song. Age 16 – 18 Gender: male – Vocal range top: F5 /Vocal range bottom: A3

Lefou
Lefou is Gaston’s equally dim-witted lackey. This character needs to be Gaston’s foil and should double the laughs for them both. Lefou should be able to sing, act and dance. It would be helpful but not essential if this actor has some gymnastics training. Age 12 – 18 Gender: male/female – Vocal range top: E5 /Vocal range bottom: B3

Silly Girls
The Silly Girls are in love with Gaston and will do almost anything just to be near him. We are looking for three girls who can portray the comic nature of these roles and enjoy playing off each other. The Silly Girls sing together in three numbers and their sound should mix well. Age 12 – 18 Gender: female – Vocal range top: F5 /Vocal range bottom: C4

Lumiere
Lumiere is a confident, charming French maître d’ who (under the enchantress’ spell) becomes a candelabra. He/she has an incessant bickering rapport with Cogsworth. Lumiere should be a strong singer who can light up the stage in Be Our Guest. This role covers a range of emotions (from charming entertainer to brave soldier) and requires prominent song and dance.
Age 12 -18 Gender: male (possibly female) – Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Cogsworth Cogsworth is the British major-domo of the castle who becomes a clock. Like all of the castle’s servants, he shows a fatherly compassion for Belle yet is perfectly submissive to the master, the Beast. Cogsworth enjoys feeling like the boss and has no problem getting into it with Lumiere. We are looking for a strong actor and singer who can act in charge.
Age 12 – 18 Gender: male – Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Mrs. Potts
Mrs. Potts is the castle’s endearing cook who becomes a teapot. We are looking for an actor with a strong, sweet voice and who should be able to convey comforting, maternal qualities amidst the chaos that is breaking out in the castle. We want an actor who can play a loving mother figure to all the characters.
Age 12 – 18 Gender: female – Vocal range top: E5 Vocal range bottom: F3

Babette
Babette is the maid of the castle who becomes a feather duster. She misses the finer things in life. Babette is happy to be at Belle’s service at a moment’s notice, but her true heart comes through in Human Again. We are looking for a good actor with solid vocal skills to handle Babette’s harmonies.
Age 12 – 18 Gender: female – Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: A3

Madame De La Grande Bouche
Madame De La Grande Bouche is an opera singer who becomes a wardrobe. Madame is larger-than-life in everything she does, including her singing and dancing. We are looking for an actor who can portray the ultimate diva with a heart and with an outsized personality and voice. Madame has some harmony lines with Mrs. Potts and Babette.
Age 14 – 18 Gender: female – Vocal range top: C5 Vocal range bottom: A3

Chip
Chip is Mrs. Potts’ son who becomes a teacup. Chip has a wonderful naïveté that endears him to all of the servants. We are looking for an actor who can portray the honesty and spirit of a young person and is comfortable trying to sing Chip’s few solo lines.
Age 10 – 12 Gender: male/female – Vocal range top: D5 Vocal range bottom: D4

Old Beggar Woman/Enchantress
The Old Beggar Woman/Enchantress should be portrayed by an actor with a flair for the visually dramatic as this is a non-speaking role. Her transformation in the Prologue needs to entice the audience into the story. After the Prologue, this actor will join the ensemble as a Villager or castle Servant. Age 10 – 18 Gender: female

Monsieur D’Arque
Monsieur D’Arque is the proprietor of the lunatic asylum. We are looking for an actor who can believably exude his sinister personality. Although Monsieur D’Arque has a few lines of solo singing in The Mob Song, this is primarily a non-singing role. Monsieur D’Arque can double as a servant in the rest of the show. Age 12 – 18 Gender: male/female

Servants (ensemble)
The servants of the castle include statues, a dust pan, flatware, plates, an egg timer, napkins, a carpet, salt & pepper shakers and other household. Age 10 – 18 Gender: both

Villagers (ensemble)
The villagers are the inhabitants of Belle’s town. There are some featured solos and lines that will come from this ensemble (Bookseller, Baker, etc.). The group must provide vocal power throughout the show and dance in the production numbers. These actors will double as the castle servants as needed. Age 10 – 18 Gender: both

Audition Bookings will be at
Book online for your audition time at Trybooking: https://www.trybooking.com/261417

Type of production
Musical

Company Name and Suburb
eltham

State
Victoria