TAS to host “Beauty and the Beast” auditions

Staff Report

The Aracoma Story Inc. will soon hold auditions for this summer’s production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.”

The auditions will be held Friday March 4 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday March 5 from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 6 from 2 to 5 p.m.

All auditions will be held in the Logan High School Little Theater at 1 Wildcat Way, Logan, WV 25601.

Roles are available for teenagers, adults and a few children. If you would like to audition, you are asked to prepare about two minutes of a song or memorize a one minute monologue from any show. If you can’t do either, still come, the organization will have something for you to sing and read. Some people will be asked to read specific scenes from the show. Scripts will be provided.

“This a special show,” noted director Bill France. “It appeals to all ages and has a timeless story.”

Those interested in auditioning are advised that acting experience is not required. Community theatre is an opportunity to learn more about all aspects of theatre. “It’s a great opportunity for real experience in acting, singing, dancing, set construction and props,” added France.

High School students can also gain community service hours toward graduation. Local Theater benefits the entire community.

Rehearsals for main characters will begin in March. Larger rehearsals with the entire cast will begin in April.

This summer, The Aracoma Story Inc. is inviting to step into the enchanted world of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater. This production is based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the memorable songs from the animated film plus a few new songs written especially for the Broadway musical.

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” takes place in a small provincial town in France and begins when a prince is transformed into a hideous beast by an enchantress as punishment for his cruel and selfish ways. When Maurice, the town’s eccentric inventor, becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair to show off his latest invention, he seeks shelter in an old castle, only to find its master to be a horrible beast that takes him captive.

The inventor’s daughter, an adventurous young woman named Belle, trades herself for her father’s freedom when she finds him in the castle. She soon discovers enchanted objects, including Mrs. Potts, Lumiere, Cogsworth. Chip, Babette and Madame, that serve the Beast, and they try to make her new life easier. In order to become human again the Beast must earn Belle’s love before it’s too late.

Here are the roles that will be up for grabs in the production. Stage age does not reflect actual age.

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: 21-40) 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: 21-40) 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:16-40) 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:16-40) 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:25+) 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 (Stage 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+) 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 (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 must have a parent or guardian present.

Stage age refers to how they look onstage and not their actual age.

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.

Diana O’briant, President of The Aracoma Story Board of Directors, said “Every young person deserves to see this show.” O’briant added she excited to be the first community theater in southern West Virginia to bring this show to the stage. “It’s going to be a summer filled with magic for young and young at heart alike.”

The show will be presented from June 9 to 12, June 16 to 19 and June 23 to 26 at 8: 30 p.m.Chief Logan State Park in the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater.

For more information on Beauty and the Beast and other future shows, visit www.thearacomastory.com for further information.


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