Casting Call for performers Ages 16 & up
~Auditions for children will be announced at a later date~
Sunday 1/29 @ 2:00pm
Crossbridge Baptist Church
3130 Skinner Mill Rd
Augusta, GA 30909
PLEASE do not call the church with questions; furthermore, please read this entire notice before calling The Augusta Players.
Adults only (20 +) will be auditioned for principal roles with the exception of Chip. Those who are 16+ will be considered for Ensemble roles only.
Please prepare a Broadway-style song to sing that demonstrates your vocal range and abilities. An accompanist will be provided, but you must provide your own sheet music unless you are singing from the Broadway version of Beauty and the Beast. No acappella singing, please. Singing with an accompaniment cd with no vocals however, will be acceptable. If you choose this method, you must bring your own cd player.
READING: Please be prepared to stay at least two or more hours as there will be a cold reading of the script for those passing the vocal auditions. Please visit the character descriptions for any special considerations.
DANCE/MOVEMENT: Please be prepared for a dance/movement audition as well by bringing jazz or character shoes and wearing comfortable clothes. At the very least…a hard soled, closed toe shoe. Classical dance and gymnastics also a plus.
Please bring personal calendars and be prepared to list all conflicts (Mondays-Sundays) beginning with February 27, 2017 through Sunday, May 14, 2017. Do not assume that we know when any general holidays are (ie., spring break) and plan to list those as conflicts if you will be out of town or otherwise engaged. Conflicts must be noted at the audition and will influence casting. Only conflicts noted at the audition will be taken into consideration. NO CONFLICTS ALLOWED FROM MAY 1 – 14.
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. Dance experience a plus. Lyrical pop theatre voice with a strong belt. Mezzo-Soprano: 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 7-12 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 have lines and solos as well as double as enchanted objects.
ENSEMBLE (TOWNSPEOPLE – THE ENCHANTED OBJECTS) There are 25 additional ensemble roles (9 men, 10 women, and 6 children ages 7-12). There will be separate children’s audition -Date TBA Children must be at least 7 years old on the day of children’s audition.
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. The Enchantress and wolves who fight the Beast need trained dance experience . We are also looking for acrobats, as well as a few actors with juggling and baton twirling skills.