Our upcoming AUDITIONS are for

“BEAUTY & the BEAST

When:   May 30th & 31st … 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Where:   Maplewood Barn Theatre…2900 E Nifong Blvd., Columbia

AUDITION INFORMATION…

Please prepare a 2 minute, or less, audition song and be prepared to learn a short dance number at the auditions.

Kids (under the age of 13) will audition first, both nights, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm and adults will audition from 7:30 pm to 9:00pm. If you’re older than 13 you may come at 7:00 to be prepared, but note, younger kids will have first priority to audition during this time.

Rehearsals will begin on June 5th and held at Trinity Presbyterian Church.

SHOW SYNOPSIS…  An arrogant young prince and his castle’s servants fall under the spell of a wicked enchantress, who turns him into a hideous Beast until he learns to love and be loved in return. A spirited, headstrong, village girl Belle enters the Beast’s castle after he imprisons her father Maurice. With the help of the Beast’s enchanted servants, including the matronly Mrs. Potts, Belle begins to draw the cold-hearted Beast out of his isolation.

CAST OF CHARACTERS…

Belle:  a smart, confident young woman from a small village. A woman who is able to stand up to Gaston while showing compassion for Maurice, the Enchanted Objects, and eventually the Beast.
Maurice: an aging and eccentric inventor, but more importantly, the adoring and protective father of Belle. Must convey an off-kilter old man while conveying some very strong emotions: fear and fatherly love.
The Beast/Prince: a prince who was hideously transformed by an Enchantress’ spell. A dictator, a hurt child, a hero, a defender and a smitten prince.
Gaston: 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. He has to be able to sell his big eponymous number with gusto and arrogance as well as lead the Villagers in The Mob Song. Biceps can be added to the costume, but the bravura needs to come from within.

Lefou:  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.
Lumiere:  a confident, charming French mâitre d’ who (under the enchantress’ spell) is becoming a candelabra. He has an incessant bickering rapport with Cogsworth. He should be a strong singer who can light up the stage in the “Be Our Guest” song. This role covers a range of emotions (from charming entertainer to brave soldier) and requires prominent song and dance, this versatile performer is self-confident and charming.

Cogsworth: the British major-domo of the castle who is becoming a clock. Like all of the castle’s servants, he shows a fatherly compassion for Belle yet is perfectly submissive to his master, the Beast. Cogsworth enjoys feeling like the boss and has no problem getting into arguments with Lumiere.

Mrs. Potts: the castle’s endearing cook who is becoming a teapot. Needs a strong, sweet voice and should be able to convey comforting, maternal qualities amidst the chaos that is breaking out in the castle.

Babette: a maid in the castle who is turning into 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 the song, “Human Again”.

Madame De La Grande Bouche: an opera singer who is becoming a wardrobe. Madame is larger-than-life in everything she does, including her singing and dancing. An ultimate diva with a heart, an outsized personality, and large voice.

Chip: Mrs. Potts’ child who is becoming a teacup. Chip has a wonderful naïveté that endears him to all of the Enchanted Objects. An actor who can portray the honesty and spirit of a child and is comfortable in singing Chip’s solo lines.

The Silly Girls: are in love with Gaston and will do almost anything just to be near him. These three Silly Girls sing together in several numbers and their sound should mix well. They will also double as villagers.

Enchanted Objects/Villagers:  The Servants of the castle, the enchanted characters are the Rockettes of the castle. They should be able to handle a potentially awkward costume while singing and dancing in two big production numbers.     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.
Monsieur/Madam D’Arque:  the proprietor of the lunatic asylum. A sinister personality. Although this role has few lines of solo singing in “The Mob Song”, this is primarily a non-singing role. Will double as a Villager/Enchanted Object in the rest of the show.

Old Beggar Woman/Enchantress: should have flair for the visually dramatic (a dancer) as this is a non-speaking role. Her transformation in the Prologue needs to entice the audience into the story. After the prologue, this part will join the ensemble as a Villager/Enchanted Object

The Narrator:  Opens the story with an air of mystery and poise narrating the prologue. Will double as villager throughout the rest of the show, singing and dancing required with the role.

Show Performances are… July 27 – 30, August 3 – 6 &  August 10 – 13, 2017

For any further questions about auditions please contact the Director,   Robert Klick, at robertklick@hotmail.com

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