© 2018 by the Jewish Women's Repertory Company

JWRC is an official 501(c)3 non-profit organization

Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic! Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Alan Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

REHEARSAL DATES/TIMES
Rehearsals begin July 8 and are held Monday & Wednesday evenings from 8:00 - 10:00pm, but due to some holidays there will be some rehearsals held on a Tuesday or Thursday. Some dance rehearsals will be at 7:30 - 10:30pm. 

A rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the first cast meeting.

PERFORMANCE DATES
Saturday, December 7th & Sunday, December 8th, 2019. 
Tech Week is Monday, December 2nd through Thursday, December 5th. 
All actresses MUST be available for ALL performances and EVERY NIGHT of Tech Week. This is non-negotiable!

Auditions:

We are casting a fully-staged version of Beauty & The Beast, seeking actresses with acting, singing, and dancing abilities. All actresses should expect to be a vital contributor in an ensemble.*

We live in a Diva-Free Zone.

 

*This year, we will not be auditioning anyone under the age of 16 - thank you.

Auditions will be held at Temple Beth Am* (1039 S. La Cienega Blvd.) 
Monday, May 13th & Tuesday, May 14th from 7:00 – 9:30 pm
You can choose either Monday or Tuesday night; you do not have to come on both nights.

*PLEASE NOTE: Due to construction, there will be NO PARKING AVAILABLE at the TBA parking lots. Street parking will be available, please plan accordingly.

 

When you arrive, please visit the security booth and they will direct you to our audition room(s). Please check in with our Audition Monitor and she will have a sign-up sheet with available audition times.
Please sign up for a time, then read over and sign the audition forms.

PLEASE PREPARE:

1. A SONG:

You should sing for no more than SIXTY SECONDS.
We will stop you after one minute.

 

Choose a song that best shows off your voice.
Try not to choose a song that is too low or too high for your vocal range so that you sound your best. Make sure you know the lyrics. It does not make a good impression if you arrive at your audition without a song prepared (this is a musical, after all!).

 

Sing with as much expression as possible; make eye contact with us; and enjoy yourself!  

Please note: Your song choice should NOT be from Beauty & The Beast, but it should be a song from the world of musical theater, not pop or rock.

 

Please note: Your audition will be a cappella.
No accompanist will be provided.

3. BRING:
Bring a list of all conflicts for the period of July 9th through December 8th. 
All conflicts MUST be submitted prior to callbacks.  
If additional conflicts arise after casting, it may result in an actress being replaced.

2. AN AUDITION SCENE:

Please choose one character in one scene to read at your audition. We don’t care if you trip over some of your words; just make sure you read with expression and character.

 

Scenes for Auditions:

1. Belle & Maurice

2. Gaston & Belle

3. Lefou & Belle

4. Cogsworth & Lumiere

5. Belle & Beast

6. D’Arque & Maurice

7. Mrs. Potts & Chip

8. Narrator Monologue

4. A SHORT DANCE: step-by-step instructions!

CALL-BACKS:
If we loved your audition and would like to see you do more, you will receive an e-mail by the end of the week inviting you to participate in a Call-back.

Call-backs will be on Wednesday, May 22nd.  

You will receive a specific appointment time as well as a new scene to prepare.  We will also ask you to learn part of a song or songs from Beauty & The Beast, which you can find on YouTube or itunes.  
Make sure to arrive at your callback on time and prepared!

Characters & Descriptions:


Belle:

Belle is a strong, intelligent, confident, and independent young woman who feels trapped in her provincial small-minded village. She 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.

Vocal Range: Soprano

Singing: Many songs

Dialogue: A lot.

Dancing: Not much – just regular stage choreography

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of Belle in one of these scenes: "Belle & Maurice" or "Belle & Beast"

 

Beast:

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 behavior, but increasingly we see his soft and endearing side as he interacts with Belle and recaptures his humanity. It becomes clear that he is a loving, feeling, human being trapped within a hideous creature’s body.

Vocal Range: Baritone

Singing: Many songs

Dialogue: A lot

Dancing: None

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of Beast in the scene: "Belle & Beast"

 

Gaston:

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. However, when his ego is bruised he comes a very dangerous foe for the Beast, Belle, and Maurice.

Vocal Range: Baritone

Singing: Many songs

Dialogue: A lot

Dancing: Some

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of Gaston in the scene: "Gaston & Belle"

 

Maurice:

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.

Vocal Range: Baritone

Singing: A few songs

Dialogue: Quite a bit

Dancing: None

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of Maurice in the scene: "Belle & Maurice"

 

Lumiere:

The French butler who was transformed into a candelabra, Lumiere is light-hearted, suave, romantic, smooth-talking, and charming.

Vocal Range: Baritone

Singing: A few songs

Dialogue: Quite a bit

Dancing: Some

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of Lumiere in the scene: "Cogsworth & Lumiere" in a French accent.

 

Cogsworth:

A tightly-wound, enchanted mantle clock and head of the Beast’s household, Cogsworth is a stuffy Englishman who loves perfection.

Vocal Range: Baritone

Singing: A few songs

Dialogue: Quite a bit

Dancing: Some

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of Cogsworth in the scene: "Cogsworth & Lumiere" in a British accent.

 

Mrs. Potts:

A warm-hearted, maternal enchanted teapot, Mrs. Potts is sweet and comforting.

Vocal Range: Soprano

Singing: A few songs

Dialogue: Quite a bit

Dancing: Some

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of Mrs. Potts in the scene: "Mrs. Potts & Chip"

Lefou:
Gaston’s dim-witted, servile sidekick, Lefou goes to extraordinary lengths and suffers repeated humiliation in his efforts to please his friend.

Vocal Range: Baritone

Singing: A few songs

Dialogue: Quite a bit

Dancing: Some

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of Lefou in the scene: "Lefou & Belle "

 

Babette:

A saucy, enchanted feather-duster, Babette is the object of Lumiere’s affections. She misses the finer things in life.

Vocal Range: Soprano

Singing: A few songs

Dialogue: A lot

Dancing: Some

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the Narrator monologue, but read it in a French accent.

 

Madame de la Grande Bouche:

A former opera diva turned enchanted wardrobe, Madame is larger-than-life in everything she does.

Vocal Range: Soprano

Singing: A few songs

Dialogue: A lot

Dancing: Some

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the Narrator monologue, but read it as pompously as possible.

 

Chip:

An inquisite little teacup, Chip is the son of Mrs. Potts. He has a wonderful naivete that endears him to all of the Servants and is extremely sweet.

Vocal Range: Mezzo-Soprano

Singing: A few songs

Dialogue: A lot

Dancing: Some

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of Chip in the scene: "Mrs. Potts & Chip"

 

Monsieur D’Arque:

The creepy, scheming proprietor of the local insane asylum, the Maison de Lune. He is extremely sinister.
This actor will also portray a Townsperson/Object during Act One.

Vocal Range: Bass

Singing: One song

Dialogue: A bit

Dancing: Some

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the part of D’Arque in the scene: "D’Arque & Maurice"

 

Three Silly Girls:

Three pretty young ladies who swoon over Gaston. They’ll do almost anything just to be near him and sob when they hear he’s going to marry Belle. These three ladies are very comedic and should enjoy playing off of each other. They will appear as Objects during some scenes.

Vocal Range: Soprano & Mezzo

Singing: A few songs

Dialogue: Just a bit

Dancing: Some

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the Narrator monologue, but read it as silly as possible.

 

Narrator:

The Narrator sets the scene at the beginning of the show with a very important monologue that introduces the story. This actor will appear as a Townsperson and Object during the rest of the show.

Vocal Range: Any

Singing: A few songs

Dialogue: Just a bit

Dancing: Some

If you would like to audition for this part, please read the Narrator monologue.

 

Ensemble:

Ensemble actors will appear as:

Townspeople (the inhabitants of Belle’s village), with some featured solos;

Objects (the enchanted servants in the Beast’s castle) – includes Statues, Flatware, Plates, Napkins, a Carpet, Salt & Pepper Shakes, etc.;

The Old Beggar Woman – appears in the opening prologue and is very dramatic.