Beauty & the Beast – Cast Information Page

Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. 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 Mr. 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.

AUDITION PROCESS

As per last year, the process for auditioning comprises of two parts but FIRST READ the Character Descriptions BEFORE you register so you know which part you are going for:

  1. Register your interest in auditioning (click to fill out online registration form)
  2. Book your audition (code m496t)

Auditions will be 5 minutes long. Please DO NOT BE LATE for your audition. Audition dates are as follows:

Tuesday 21st November: 3:30pm-7pm (with a 30 min break from 5:30pm-6pm)
Wednesday 22nd November: 3:30pm-6pm
Thursday 23rd November: 3:30pm-6pm
Saturday 25th November: 9:00am-12pm PLUS
Sunday 26th November: 9:00am-12pm (new time slots added)

When you book your audition, you will see these dates again on the school interviews screen.

CAST DESCRIPTIONS AND AUDITION SONGS

Cast Roles including descriptions and songs to practice are found below. Please read and decide what you are auditioning for. Remember to try and learn your audition piece so you know it well on the day of your audition. Practice by looking in a mirror and to your family. Don’t be shy – the more you practice the better you will be on the day 🙂

1. The Beast

Audition Song:  If I Can’t Love Her

Voice Type: Baritone: A-High F

Character Description:

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 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. This role requires a very strong singer, and the actor must have a strong speaking voice and stage presence.

2. Belle

Audition Song:  Home

Voice Type: Mezzo-Soprano: Low A-High F

Character Description:

Belle is the original fairy tale heroine–kind, gentle, and beautiful–but with an important 21st Century twist. She is a strong, intelligent, spirited and independent young woman. Belle is 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. This role requires a very strong singer who portrays innocence with her singing and speaking voice.

3. Gaston

Audition Song:  Me

Voice Type: Baritone: A-High F

Character Description:

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 becomes a very dangerous foe for The Beast, Belle and Maurice. This role requires a strong singer and character actor who moves well.

4. Babette (Featherduster)

Audition Song:  Be Our Guest

Voice Type: Baritone: C-C

Character Description:

Babette is a saucy, enchanted feather-duster, and the object of Lumière’s affections. This role requires good character acting and she should move well, as she dances a tango with Lumière during Be Our Guest. This character speaks with a French accent.

5. Chip

Audition Song:  Be Our Guest

Voice Type: Boy Soprano: D-High D

Character Description:

Chip is an inquisitive little teacup who is the son of Mrs Potts.

6. Cogsworth

Audition Song:  Human Again

Voice Type: Baritone: A-High E

Character Description:

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.

7. LeFou

Audition Song:  Gaston

Voice Type: Baritone: B-High F Sharp

Character Description:

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 acting.

8. Lumière

Audition Song:  Be Our Guest

Voice Type: Baritone: A-High F Sharp

Character Description:

Lumière 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 speaks with a French accent.. This role requires strong character acting, and he should move well.

9. Madame la Grande Bouche (Wardrobe)

Audition Song:  Human Again

Voice Type: Soprano: C Sharp-High G

Character Description:

Madame is a former opera diva turned enchanted wardrobe.

10. Maurice

Audition Song:  No Matter What

Voice Type: Baritone: B Flat-High D Flat

Character Description:

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.

11. Monsieur D’Arque

Audition Song:  Maison de Lunes

Voice Type: Tenor: D-High A

Character Description:

D’arque is the creepy, scheming proprietor of the local insane asylum, Maison de Lunes.

12. Mrs Potts

Audition Song:  Beauty & the Beast

Voice Type: Mezzo-Soprano: Low F Sharp-High G

Character Description:

Mrs Potts is a warm-hearted, maternal enchanted teapot. She sings the title song Beauty & the Beast. This character speaks with a British accent.

13. Three Silly Girls

Audition Song:  Be Our Guest

Character Description:

The silly girls are three pretty young maids who swoon over Gaston.

14. Ensemble (Townspeople & Enchanted Objects)

Audition Song:  Be Our Guest

Character Description:

There are many additional ensemble roles. The ensemble is very busy, as they are both townspeople and enchanted objects. There are several solo lines in songs like Belle, and The Mob Song, and many great dance numbers Gaston, Be Our Guest, and Human Again. The Enchantress and Young Prince, the Baker, the Baker’s wife and the Bookseller are all chorus members.