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Disney’s Beauty & the Beast

FREMONT STREET THEATER COMPANY CELEBRATES A 6TH ANNIVERSARY WITH THE MOST BELOVED OF MUSICALS

AUDITION NOTICE for DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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 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. This “tale as old as time” is filled with great spectacle and magic for the entire family.

AUDITION DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS:

MONDAY, JUNE 5
Location: Cutting Hall, 150 E. Wood Street, Palatine; enter through lobby.
Time: 6:30 – 8:30pm – Vocal Audition;
8:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Dance Call

TUESDAY, JUNE 6
Location: Cutting Hall, 150 E. Wood Street, Palatine; enter through lobby.
Time: 6:30- 8:30 pm. – Vocal Audition;
8:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Dance Call

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7
Location: Cutting Hall, 150 E. Wood Street, Palatine, enter through lobby.
Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Vocal Audition;
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Dance Call

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7 – Callbacks, by invitation only
Location: Cutting Hall, 150 E. Wood Street, enter through lobby.
Time: 8:30 – 10 p.m. Please be prepared to stay.

AUDITION SPECIFICS:
ALL: Please prepare 32 bars of a song from the show or in the style of the show. Bring sheet music. No CD or acapella.
Please bring character and/or ballet shoes or gym shoes and be prepared to dance at 8:30pm either
Monday, June 5 or Tuesday, June 6 or 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Callbacks, by invitation only.

REHEARSALS:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday – 6:30 – 10:00 p.m., Saturday – 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
All rehearsals in Palatine.
Mandatory tech rehearsal, Sunday, September 3 – Thursday, September 7.
We will rehearse Labor Day Weekend.
First Rehearsal/Read-thru is Wednesday, June 28, at 6:30 p.m.

PRODUCTION LOCATION, DATES AND TIMES:
Cutting Hall in Palatine, Friday, September 8 – Sunday, September 17.
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 3:00 p.m.
Opening Night Gala to Celebrate FSTC’s 6th Anniversary.
Tickets on sale on Friday, June 9, at www.cuttinghall.org

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. 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 and dances 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: 20’s+) 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 as he dances a tango with Babette. 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 9-12 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. Looking for natural comic timing. 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:16-30) 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) – 16 years and above. 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, as well as a few actors with juggling and baton twirling skills.
*Must attend dance call.

One complimentary ticket; and unlimited love, support and encouragement!

MUST REGISTER TO AUDITION:

Please register for an audition time at www.signupgenius
The Dance Call is at 8:30 -9:30 p.m. Monday and/or Tuesday. If you register for a 6:30 p.m. vocal audition, you can remain or return for the Dance Call.
Walk-in’s are welcome; we will see you!

Download the audition form and bring to your audition. Must include all conflicts. Bring HS/Resume. If you don’t have one, please come to the audition and list all experiences, etc. on the app form.

For more information, please visit the Fremont Street Theater Company website at www.fremontstreettheater.com or contact
Madeline Franklin at 847-431-1084 or madeline.franklin@fremontstreettheater.com

About Fremont Street Theater Company
Fremont Street Theater Company is an Illinois nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich, educate, and entertain our community through the experience of exceptional live theater. Founded in 2012 by Sandy Sandquist, new owners Madeline and Rusty Franklin continue to carry the torch in bringing excellence in musical theater to the community.

Fremont Street Theater Company strives to tap into Chicagoland’s exceptional talent pool of actors, dancers, singers, musicians, choreographers, directors and technical designers to satisfy the quintessential need for a superior theater company in the Northwest Suburbs. For more information, please visit www.fremontstreettheater.com.

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman & Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton
Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth
Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions

Artistic Director/Director– Madeline Franklin
Choreographer – Kara Williams Posmer
Musical Director – Kenneth James McMullen
Executive Producer – Rusty Franklin

For media information, please contact:
Madeline Franklin
Fremont Street Theater Company
847-431-1084
madeline.franklin@fremontstreettheater.com

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