Beauty and the Beast Jr. 2018

Director:  Ji-Eun Lee M.M.

First meet 1/30/18 5:00pm

Program Schedule & Cost:

4:30-6:15 pm on following dates:

2/6, 2/8, 2/13, 2/15, 2/20, 2/22, 2/27, 3/1, 3/6, 3/8, 3/13, 3/15, 3/20

Tech/Dress Rehearsal 5:45-7:30pm on Thursday, 3/22

Performance:  3/23/18 7:00 pm and 3/24/18 1:00 pm

Where:  Studio 37 Theater in the Music Academy

$295 (Program Fee.  This is not including the costumes)

This program involves singing, acting, maybe strobe lighting, loud noise, dancing, make-ups and more

Character Breakdown

Narrators (Gender: Both)

The Narrators provide great opportunities to involve students who are more comfortable speaking than singing. The script is written to feature four Narrators, but you can incorporate more students (or fewer) depending on the size of your cast. Be sure the students you choose for these roles can enunciate and project, as they guide the focus and pace of this beautiful tale. These roles are non-singing, but the actors can also be a part of your ensemble.

 

Belle (Gender: Female, Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: G3)

Belle is a smart, confident young woman from a small village. You will want a strong singer and actress who is able to stand up to Gaston while showing compassion for Maurice, the Servants and eventually the Beast. If there are several female students in your school who could perform the role, consider casting two girls to play Belle on alternating nights.

Maurice (Gender: Male)

Maurice is an aging and eccentric inventor, but more importantly, the adoring and protective father of Belle. This non-solo singing role is perfect for the student who can have fun interpreting this  crazy old man while conveying some very strong emotions: fear and fatherly love.

Beast (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: E5, Vocal range bottom: B3)

The Beast is a young prince who was hideously transformed by the Enchantress s spell. Casting for size is not as important as choosing a student who can handle this complex character: a dictator, a hurt child, a hero, a defender and a smitten prince. Cast an actor who can deliver a range of conflicting emotional states. Although the Beast does sing a small bit during  Something There and the  Finale, this is truly an acting role (and his lyrics can be spoken if you cast a non-singer). If you choose to cast the Prince separately from the Beast, the Prince would end up singing the Beast s lines in the  Finale.

Gaston (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: A3)

Gaston is pompous and dim-witted and will do whatever it takes to win Belle s hand. Gaston has all the confidence in the world but lacks the humility to balance it. Finding a strong singer and actor is more important than physical size and stature for this role. He has to be able to sell his big eponymous number with gusto and arrogance as well as lead the Villagers in  The Mob Song. Biceps can be added to the costume, but the bravura needs to come from within.

Lefou (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: E5, Vocal range bottom: B3)

Lefou is Gaston s equally dim-witted lackey. This character needs to be Gaston s foil and should double the laughs for them both. Consider auditioning Lefou and Gaston in pairs to find the right chemistry. Lefou should be able to sing, act and dance. Choose a student who has some gymnastics training if you wish to embed tumbling into Lefou s movement.

Silly Girls (Gender: Female, Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: C4)

The Silly Girls are in love with Gaston and will do almost anything just to be near him. Look for three girls who can portray the comic nature of these roles and enjoy playing off each other. The Silly Girls sing together in three numbers and their sound should mix well.

Lumiere (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: A3)

Lumiere is a confident, charming French mâitre d who (under the enchantress s spell) is becoming a candelabra. He has an incessant bickering rapport with Cogsworth, so consider auditioning in pairs to find a good fit. Lumiere should be a strong singer who can light up the stage in  Be Our Guest. If you have a student who can handle the French accent, fantastic! This role covers a range of emotions (from charming entertainer to brave soldier) and requires prominent song and dance, so try to cast a strong, versatile performer.is a self-confident, charming, French mâitre d' who (under the Enhantress's spell) is becoming a candelabra. He has a never-ending give-and-take with Cogsworth, so the student playing Lumiere must work well with the child you cast for that role. Consider auditioning in pairs. Lumiere should be a strong singer who can "light up" the stage in "Be Our Guest." If you have a child who can handle the French accent, fantastic! This role covers a range of emotions (from charming entertainer to brave soldier) and requires prominent song and dance, so try to cast a strong, reliable performer.

Cogsworth (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: E5, Vocal range bottom: A3)

Cogsworth is the British major-domo of the castle who is becoming a clock. Like all of the castle s Servants, he shows a fatherly compassion for Belle yet is perfectly submissive to the master, the Beast. Cogsworth enjoys feeling like the boss and has no problem  getting into it with Lumiere. Cast a strong actor and singer who can act  in charge.

Mrs. Potts (Gender: Female, Vocal range top: E5, Vocal range bottom: F3)

Mrs. Potts is the castle s endearing cook who is becoming a teapot. The actor you cast needs a strong, sweet voice and should be able to convey comforting, maternal qualities amidst the chaos that is breaking out in the castle. Look for a student who can play a loving mother figure to all the characters.

Babette (Gender: Female, Vocal range top: B4, Vocal range bottom: A3)

Babette is the maid of the castle who is turning into a feather duster. She misses the finer things in life. Babette is happy to be at Belle s service at a moment s notice, but her true heart comes through in  Human Again. Look for a good actor with solid vocal skills to handle Babette s harmonies.

Madame De La Grande Bouche (Gender: Female, Vocal range top: C5, Vocal range bottom: A3)

Madame De La Grande Bouche is an opera singer who is becoming a wardrobe. Madame is larger-than-life in everything she does, including her singing and dancing. Look for that student who can portray the ultimate  diva with a heart with an outsized personality and voice. Madame has some harmony lines with Mrs. Potts and Babette, so cast a singer who can hold her own but knows when to pull back in order to sound good with the others.

Chip (Gender: Male, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: D4)

Chip is Mrs. Potts s son who is becoming a teacup. You may cast a younger student for this role, but it is not imperative. Chip has a wonderful naïveté that endears him to all of the Servants. Cast an actor who can portray the honesty and spirit of a child and is comfortable trying to sing Chip s few solo lines.

Old Beggar Woman/Enchantress (Gender: Female)

The Old Beggar Woman/Enchantress should be portrayed by an actor with a flair for the visually dramatic as this is a non-speaking role. Her transformation in the Prologue needs to entice the audience into the story. After the Prologue, this student may join the ensemble as a Villager or castle Servant.

Monsieur D'arque (Gender: Male)

Monsieur D'Arque is the proprietor of the lunatic asylum. Cast an actor who can believably exude his sinister personality. Although Monsieur D Arque has few lines of solo singing in  The Mob Song, this is primarily a non-singing role, so look for a solid actor first. Monsieur D Arque can double as a Servant in the rest of the show.

Servants (Gender: Both)

The Servants of the castle can include Statues, a Dust Pan, Flatware, Plates, an Egg Timer, Napkins, a Carpet, Salt & Pepper Shakers and any other household (or castle hold items) you and your cast can imagine. These enchanted characters are the  Rockettes of the castle. They should be able to handle a potentially awkward costume while singing and dancing in two big production numbers. These roles can also accommodate multiple ages if you are looking to augment your cast with some young students.

Villagers (Gender: Both)

The Villagers are the inhabitants of Belle s town. There are some featured solos and lines that will come from this ensemble (Bookseller, Baker, etc.). The group must provide vocal power throughout the show and dance in the production numbers, so be sure to cast performers with a wide base of ability. These actors can double as the castle Servants if needed.

 

If your kids are 8 years old but love to join please consult with director:  Ji-Eun Lee (Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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About Beauty and the Beast Jr.

Based on the original Broadway production that ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards, and the Academy Award-winning motion picture, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. is a fantastic adaptation of the story of transformation and tolerance.  Disney’s Beauty and the Beast JR. features some of the most popular songs ever written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.

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 to 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.

With many fun supporting roles allowing students to play objects inside the castle, this "tale as old as time" is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities.

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