You are all asking the same question aren’t you, “What do I need to prepare for Homestead High School’s Beauty and the Beast Auditions?” Well you are in luck, this post will tell you just what to prepare. If you missed the Audition Workshop this Sunday, then you have a little more work ahead of you. Find someone who went to the workshop and learn the songs and dances. Pick up your music in the Choir Room!
When Ms. Winnie and Ms. Figg-Franzoi hear your audition we will be looking for a mature sound (full, and non-nasal); knowledge of what you’re singing about (it’s more than just getting the notes right, it’s also what the character is feeling); and portrayal of a character who is different from yourself (you are not on a stage, you’re in an enchanted castle or a small town in France—We want to see how that affects the way you sing).
No roles are pre-cast; it’s up to you! Our past performances have given us high expectations for this show, and we fully expect each of you to prove your potential to us when it is time for your audition.
We hope the descriptions below will answer most of your questions. Also, we would highly suggest watching the Disney movie for inspiration!
- If you are auditioning for a lead, please learn all songs, not just Belle and Beast’s audition songs.
- COME PREPARED! Don’t tell us you haven’t practiced… we aren’t impressed when you tell us this.
- Know the dance!
- Lead Call Backs will be that evening. If you audition for a lead, but are not called back that evening – you may be called back on the 23rd
- This is the Audition for the Ensemble of “Beauty and the Beast” If you are auditioning for Ensemble, you will only be considered for Ensemble
- The Ensemble has singing and speaking solos too!
- You will finally dance!
Callbacks: Oct 23rd from 3-6pm in the Choir Room
- We will audition the speaking and singing roles yet to be cast
- Sing, dance and act again
What to Prepare?
ENSEMBLE AUDITIONS: Oct 22nd
DANCE NUMBER: ALL auditioning, in small groups “Be Our Guest”
FEATURED DANCERS: Audition in small groups “If I can’t love her”
ENSEMBLE SINGING: ALL auditioning sings a solo of “Be Our Guest” m.94-126 — YES IT IS HIGH!!! You must be able to sing it (even if not lovely).
LEAD AUDITIONS: Oct 20th
SOLO NUMBERS: Individual auditions Below we have listed the song choices and suggested roles we would like to listen for per selection, but you may be considered for any solo character by singing any solo number. However, if you choose not to sing a solo number, you will only be considered for the ensemble.
LEAD Callbacks will include the characters/songs above, plus these characters and new songs. EVERYONE should learn.
- Human Again m. 20-150
- Lumiere (male)
- Cogsworth (male or female)
- Babette (female)
- Wardrobe (female)
- Chip (perhaps a child — any little brothers/sisters??)
- Potts call-back: Be our Guest m. 174-209
- D’ Arque (Male or female) with Gaston & LeFou: Maison De Lunes
- Maurice (Male or female): No Matter what m. 28-60
The sheet music will be in the Choir Room.
PLEASE NOTE: While you can listen to the Broadway version to help learn the song, we do not expect or even want you to mimic their performance. We want to see YOUR interpretation of the character’s music!
CALL BACKS, ETC. If you receive a callback, you may be asked to sing some musical selections in addition to performing some cold readings. We will listen for vocal range and interpretation.
There are many chances to show off talent with this show. If you are cast, you will be expected to sing and dance—sometimes both at once.
SOLO-SINGING ROLES – Although the named roles have some solo songs and speaking lines, quite a few townsfolk have a phrase to speak/sing as well. Townsfolk roles may be condensed or interchangeable for male or female roles, depending on the talent we see at auditions.
DANCE NUMBERS Dancing plays a large part in any musical. If you are cast, you will learn how to dance in many of these numbers.
- “Be Our Guest”
- “If I can’t Love Her” (a small handful of chosen dancers will perform a Ballet)
- “Wolf Chase” (a small handful of chosen dancers will be wolves)
- “Human Again”
- “Beauty and the Beast” (Belle and Beast dancing only)
- “The Mob Song”
REHEARSALS AND SHOWS If you are cast, you are expected to be at every rehearsal you are called for from start time to end time (usually 2:45 until 5 or 5:30). If you have known conflicts, we expect you to list them on your audition sheet and we will find ways to schedule or work around them (please include WEEKENDS). Last-minute emergencies should see either Ms. Figg-Franzoi or Ms. Winnie directly. Forgetting is not an acceptable emergency. If a cast member fails to attend rehearsals, they will not perform in our show. Tech Week (usually the week or two before opening weekend) lasts until later in the evening.
N0 ABSENCES ARE ALLOWED THE WEEK BEFORE AND THE WEEK OF SHOW. These are dress rehearsals and final notes will occur. It is imperative that you are there for those! Dates you cannot miss:
January 31st 1-5pm
February 2nd 3-7:30pm
February 4th 3-7:30pm
Although we cannot predict an end time while we work on perfecting the show, our past two shows have finished during tech week between 8-9pm. Prepare accordingly. Shows are Feb 18th-21st
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.
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.
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.
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.
MAURICE (Stage Age: 40+) Despite being a bit scatter-brained, there is no mistaking Maurice’s steadfast love for his/her daughter Belle. Kindly, gentle, enthusiastic and inventive, he/she becomes single-minded and determined when Belle faces danger. Maurice and Belle sing the lovely duet No Matter What.
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 dance well, as she dances a tango with Lumiere during Be Our Guest. This character speaks with a French accent.
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.
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.
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.
CHIP (Age 8-12 years old) Chip is an inquisitive little teacup who is the son/daughter of Mrs. Potts.
MADAME DE LA GRANDE BOUCHE (Stage Age: 30+) Madame is a former opera diva turned enchanted wardrobe.
MONSIEUR D’ARQUE (Stage Age: 25+) D’arque is the creepy, scheming proprietor of the local insane asylum, The Maison De Lune. He/She doubles as a townsperson.
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 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. Some chorus members will be wolves who fight the Beast. We are looking for acrobats as well as a few actors with juggling and baton twirling skills!