Auditions will be held on June 4th and June 6th (no auditions on June 5th) at the Cresson Lake Playhouse Barn theatre at 279 Shapiro Rd., Loretto, PA 15940 at 6:30 pm.
The staff for the show consists of the following:
Music Director-Mariah Duman
Stage Manager-Claire Houser
Set Designer-Al Pelliccioni
Costume Designer-Bonnie Resinski
All auditioning actors will be taught a brief selection of a song from Beauty and the Beast that will be sung as part of the audition. ***Optional*** Auditionees may also prepare a musical selection (16-32 measure) of any selection of their choosing. If they are interested in a specific role from Beauty and the Beast, auditionees are encouraged to choose one of the signature songs performed by that character during the show. All actors will also have to do a cold reading from the show.
The cast will consist of 25-28 individuals. There are several featured roles and an additional ensemble. The ensemble will include 5 men, 5 women and 3 young children between 3rd and 8th grade (recently completed). All auditioning actors must complete the audition to be considered for any role.
The original fairy tale heroine–kind, gentle, and beautiful–but with an important 21st Century twist; a strong, intelligent, spirited and independent young woman. 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; requires a very strong singer who portrays innocence with her singing and speaking voice; mezzo-soprano, low A-high F.
The Beast (Lead)
The Beast’s tortured soul is evident for all to see; 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; requires a very strong singer; must have a strong speaking voice and stage presence; baritone, A–high F.
The absolute antithesis of The Beast; physically handsome, but 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; requires a strong singer and actor who moves well; baritone: A–high F.
Gaston’s dim-witted, servile sidekick. He goes to extraordinary lengths and suffers repeated humiliation in his efforts to please his master; must be comfortable with physical comedy; requires strong comic character acting; baritone, B-high F#.
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, Bb-high Db.
A saucy, enchanted feather-duster, and the object of Lumiere’s affections; requires good character acting; should move well, as she dances a tango with Lumiere during “Be Our Guest;” speaks with a French accent; alto, C–C.
Must be a child. Either male or female. If a male auditions, they must have an unchanged voice.
Speaks with a French accent and is suave and charming. He provides much of the comic relief in the show.
Speaks with a British accent and is tightly wound.
Mrs. Potts (Lead)
Speaks with a British accent and is very maternal.
Madame De La Grande Bouche (Lead)
Opera singer and flamboyant performer. Requires high singing.
Monsieur D’Arque (Supporting)
Silly Girls (Supporting)
Bubbly ensemble girls obsessed with Gaston. Must be comfortable with harmony.
5 males and 5 females. All must be able to sing, dance and fill a variety of roles.
We would like to add three additional children to the cast between 3rd grade and 7th grade. All children must complete an audition and be comfortable with singing and dancing.
PLEASE BRING YOUR CALENDAR! You will be asked to list all rehearsal conflicts ahead of time at auditions. It is vital in casting that we know of any work or vacation conflicts at the time of auditions.