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Beauty and the Beast Auditions
(Replacement show for Hunchback of Norte Dame)
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Auditions for The Hunchback of Notre Dame on Sunday, November 5th beginning at 2:00 p.m. and on Monday, November 6th beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Hendersonville Performing Arts Company located in the City Square Shopping Center at 260 West Main Street, Suite 204 in Hendersonville.  The Hunchback of Notre Dame is based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature and showcases the film’s Academy Award nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz.  We are looking for men and women and boys and girls of all ages, as well as dancers and aerialists.  This will be a large cast and a strong ensemble is a must!  Please prepare a Broadway style song.  Bring your instrumental track on a CD, iPhone, iPad, mp3 player, flash drive or smart device.  A sound system will be provided for easy hookup.  Please do not sing a cappella.  You will also be asked to do a cold read from the script.  We will also be looking for dancers.  If you are interested in dance only, please note this on your audition form and please bring a demonstration dance prepared for us to see.  If you are an aerialist, please send a private message to our Facebook page so that we can accommodate you.  For any questions, please call HPAC at 615-826-6037 and someone will return your call.

 

 



BEAUTY AND THE BEAST CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

 

BELLE (Stage Age: 18-30) 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. MezzoSoprano: Low A-High F

THE BEAST (Stage Age: 21-35) 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. Baritone: A–High F

GASTON (Stage Age: 21-35) 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. Baritone: A–High F

LEFOU (Stage Age: 18+) 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. Baritone: B–High F Sharp

MAURICE (Stage Age: 40+) 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: B flat–High D flat

BABETTE (Stage Age: 20’s-40’s) 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. Alto: C–C

LUMIERE (Stage Age: 30+) 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 speaks with a French accent. This role requires strong character acting, and he should move well. Baritone: A–High F sharp

COGSWORTH (Stage Age: 30+) 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. Baritone: A–High E

 MRS. POTTS (Stage Age: 30+) Mrs. Potts is a warm-hearted, maternal enchanted teapot. She sings the title song Beauty and the Beast. This character speaks with a British accent. Mezzo-Soprano: Low F sharp– High G

CHIP (Age 8-12 years old) Chip is an inquisitive little teacup who is the son of Mrs. Potts. Boy Soprano: D–High D

MADAME DE LA GRANDE BOUCHE (Stage Age: 30+) Madame is a former opera diva turned enchanted wardrobe. Soprano: C sharp–High G

MONSIEUR D'ARQUE (Stage Age: 25+) D’arque is the creepy, scheming proprietor of the local insane asylum, The Maison De Lune. He doubles as a townsperson. Tenor: D–High A

THREE SILLY GIRLS (Stage Age:16-25) The silly girls are three pretty young maids who swoon over Gaston. They are featured dancers who double as enchanted objects.

ENSEMBLE (TOWNSPEOPLE - THE ENCHANTED OBJECTS) There are 25 additional ensemble roles (9 men, 10 women, and 6 children ages 8-13). Children must be at least 8 years old on the day of auditions, and children ages 8 to 11 years old must attend the children’s auditions. Children, ages 12 and 13, may choose which auditions to attend. For example, a 12 year old child may have the maturity and stage age of a teenager, and should attend the adult auditions. 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. Four chorus members will be wolves who fight the Beast. We are looking for two acrobats (one adult and one child), as well as a few actors with juggling and baton twirling skill as well as dancers and aerialists.