Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Audition Dates – Friday November 16th 2018 – 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Saturday November 17th 2018 – 12:30pm to 8:30pm
Sunday November 18th 2018 – 10:00am to 1:00pm
Character descriptions and requirements –
All auditionees will be required to sing two 16 bar excerpts from contrasting vocal numbers. We ask that your selections showcase either your vocal range and/or your ability to perform a character in the style of the show. Song choice may be from musical theatre, but does not have to be.
Please bring printed sheet music as you will be provided with piano accompaniment. Strictly no transposing, CDs, backing tracks or numbers from the show. Auditionees may need to complete a range or harmony test at their audition.
All performers may also be required to read an excerpt from the script as part of their audition. Please bring a non-returnable headshot and performance resume to your audition and arrive 15 minutes prior to your booked time.
BELLE (Female 18-25) Soprano (Low A-High F) Belle is a young woman who feels trapped in her provincial small-minded town. She is a strong, intelligent, spirited and independent young woman. Belle is the moral compass 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 strong singer who portrays innocence with her singing and speaking voice.
THE BEAST/PRINCE (Male 25-40) Baritone (A–High F) 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 that he could rectify his mistake. There is anger and menace in The Beast’s appearance and behaviour, but increasingly we see his soft and enduring side as he interacts with Belle and recaptures his humanity. The role requires a very strong singer, and the actor must have a strong speaking voice and stage presence for what will be a very physically demanding role.
GASTON (Male 20-35) Baritone (A–High F) 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. This role requires a strong singer and character actor who moves well. Muscular stature preferred.
LEFOU (Male 20-35) Baritone (B-High F#) 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, and the role requires strong character and comic acting.
MAURICE (Male 45-65) Baritone (Bb-High Db) 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.
LUMIERE (Male 25-40) Tenor/Baritone (A-High F#) 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 requires a French accent. This role requires strong character acting, and he should move well.
COGSWORTH (Male 30 – 50) Baritone (A-High E) 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.
MRS. POTTS (Female 30-50) Alto/Mezzo (Low F#-High G) Mrs. Potts is a warm-hearted, maternal enchanted teapot. She sings the title song Beauty and the Beast. This character speaks with a Cockney accent.
CHIP (Male 10 -14) Boy Soprano (D-High D) Chip is an inquisitive little teacup who is the son of Mrs. Potts
MADAME DE LA GRANDE BOUCHE (Female 30-50) Soprano (C#-High G) Madame is a former opera diva turned enchanted wardrobe. This character speaks with a French accent.
BABETTE (Female 25- 35) Mezzo Soprano (C-C) 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.
THREE SILLY GIRLS (Female 20 – 30) The silly girls are three pretty young maids who swoon over Gaston. They are featured dancers who sometimes double as enchanted objects. Strong vocals, and comedic ability required.
MONSIEUR D’ARQUE (Male 30 – 50) D’arque is the creepy, scheming proprietor of the local insane asylum, The Maison De Lune. He may double as a townsperson, or may be filled by a cameo.
ENSEMBLE: The ensemble will fill a variety of speaking and singing roles throughout the show, and make up the townspeople characters, the enchanted objects and other characters. We are also looking for capable dancers with contemporary dance experience to fill the roles of the wolves.
Synopsis – 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?
First Rehearsal: Tuesday 27th November, 2018 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Then starting 6th February 2019:
Wednesday nights – 7.30pm to 10.30pm
Sunday afternoons – 1.00pm to 6.00pm
Rehearsal Camp: Bay Park, Mount Martha
Friday April 26th – 28th
Full Day Rehearsals: Saturday May 18th & Sunday May 19th
Sunday May 27th
Bump In: Saturday 1st June
Sunday 2nd June 2018 (Cast to be available both days)
Theatre Rehearsal Dates:
Sitzprobe: Tuesday, May 28th – 7:30pm – 10:30pm
“The Factory”, Cranbourne East.
- Monday 3rd June – Tech Only (Cast not required)
- Tuesday 4th June – Dry Tech Run – Cast Required unless notified otherwise
- Dress Rehearsals: June 5th, 6th & 7th – All Cast Required
- Saturday, June 8th – 7:30pm
- Sunday, June 9th – 4:00pm
- Friday, June 14th – 7:30pm
- Saturday, June 15th – 1:30pm & 7:30pm
- Sunday, June 16th – 1:30pm
- Friday, June 21st – 7:30pm
- Saturday, June 22nd – 1:30pm & 7:30pm
- Sunday, June 23rd – 1:30pm
Suburb & state – Hallam, Victoria
Contact info – To book an audition, call our Audition Secretary Elana Heitmann on 0419 526 730
Company Name – Windmill Theatre Company