CTH sets auditions for ‘Beauty and the Beast’

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0db2730f-76fa-4aa1-88f8-240a872e29a6The Community Theatre of Howell is holding auditions for its production of “Beauty and the Beast.” It’s 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.

Auditions will be at Howell High School Freshman Campus, 1400 W. Grand River Ave., Howell. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 – Dance/Vocal Workshop (STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for all auditionees):
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (open dance workshop)
6:30 p.m. Vocal director available for ensemble roles
7:30 p.m. Vocal director available for lead roles

Thursday, August 25, 2016  
6:00 p.m. Doors Open / Sign In
6:30 p.m. Auditions Begin

Friday, August 26, 2016
6:00 p.m. Doors Open / Sign In
6:30 p.m. Auditions Begin    Saturday, August 27, 2016
9:00 a.m. Doors Open
9:30 a.m. Auditions Begin
1:00 p.m. Callbacks (if necessary)

Performances:
Nov. 11, 12, 13 and 18, 19, 20, 2016

CAST LIST will be posted by 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug 28, 2016 at www.cththeatre.org and on Facebook

REHEARSALS BEGIN MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2016
Please note that it is very important that ALL conflicts and potential conflicts from Aug 29 through Nov 20 are submitted on the Audition Form. NO CONFLICTS will be allowed from Oct 31 through Nov 22 (without prior director approval).

PLEASE be THOROUGH in listing conflicts as rehearsal schedules are written to maximize participation based on the listed conflicts. It is a great inconvenience and has negative consequences on the whole show if conflicts are not listed.

** POSSIBLE SATURDAY REHEARSAL OCT 29 **

Who Can Audition:
Beauty and the Beast is intended to be a family musical, so bring the entire family. You do not have to be a CTH member to audition, but if you are cast, we do require that you become a member. And, while experience may be helpful, the Community Theatre of Howell does not require this. All we ask is your commitment to help make Beauty and the Beast, the same high quality show that CTH strives to provide the community in all its efforts.

CTH reserves the right to cast outside of the listed parameters depending on the auditions.

NOTE: Audition only for the role in which you are most interested, you may list any additional roles you would consider on your audition form. You may only audition one time. You will be considered for all roles you list. Leads – it is recommended that you audition with an accent, though not required.

Please be available for callback time – Saturday, Aug 27, 1pm.

Audition Preparation Instructions:
1. ALL AUDITIONEES: Request audition materials for the character(s) you are considering from the list of characters provided in this flyer. To request materials, please visit this link auditions@cththeatre.org (click or copy and paste into your browser) If auditioning for an ensemble role only, you will only need to prepare for the vocal and dance audition. It’s not necessary to prepare the reading.

2. Audition only for the role in which you are most interested, you may list any additional roles you would consider on your audition form. You will be considered for all roles you list. Leads – it is recommended that you audition with an accent, though not required.

3. Fill out the Audition Form you receive with audition materials (also available on the website www.cththeatre.org) and bring to auditions. Please attach a small photo of yourself.

4. If you have any questions contact the Producer, Theresia Rogers, at 810-923-3779 or tj@michmail.com; or Molly Scruggs, at 678-446-5924 or mollyscruggs@ymail.com.

Production Staff:
Director: Kevin Rogers
Producers: Theresia Rogers and Molly Scruggs
Assistant Director: Lisa Markarian
Vocal Director: Bethany Bean
Costumers: Chris Clinton-Cali, Cindy Warren
Choreographer: Anni Ulman
Stage Manager: Lynda Bednarczyk
Beauty and the Beast Character Descriptions:

Belle – Intelligent. Loving. Kind and friendly. A dreamer who wants a life full of adventure. Loves to read and has a vibrant imagination. Bored in her town. Devoted to her father. Townsfolk think she’s odd. Very beautiful. (Female appear to be 18 +)

Beast – A figure haunted by his past mistakes. Quick temper and prone to anger. Angry at himself for what he did but takes it out on others. Despite this, he has an inner beauty. Used to be a prince, therefore he is noble. (Male 18 +)

Gaston – Very egotistical and in love with himself. The town hero – and knows it. A hunter. Strong. Loves the attention he gets from the town, especially from girls. Quite cruel and malicious – happy to manipulate people and use them, such as Maurice, to get what he wants (Male 18 +)

Lefou – Gaston’s dim-witted devoted servant. Easily afraid but also very loyal to Gaston. Has a cruel side to him too as he’s happy to encourage Gaston’s plans. Can be played by a girl, but will be portrayed as male. (Male or female appear to be 16 +…we can use hair/makeup to appear older)

Maurice – Odd, but a gentle and kind bumbling old man. Similar to Belle in that he’s a dreamer and a bit of an outcast. Loves Belle more than anything in the world. (Male appear 50+)

Lumiere – Maître d turning into a candelabra. Fancies himself as a ladies’ man. Longs desperately to be human once more. Very welcoming and hospitable. Lovable, if a bit cheeky. Loyal to his master and good friends with Cogsworth. (Male)

Cogsworth – “Turing into a clock.” Uptight and tries to be strict when he doesn’t command enough authority. Control freak who likes everything in order. Tries to obey the Beast’s orders (out of fear) and likes to see himself as the experienced head of the household. (Male)

Mrs. Potts – A kindly, motherly woman. Very reassuring and always looking out for other people, mostly her child, Chip. Part teapot. (Female)

Chip – Young, sprightly and innocent. Very much believes in true love as the cure to everything. Naïve yet feisty. Can be played by a girl in our production. A chipped tea-cup. (Male or Female 5+)

Babette – Sexy and voluptuous. She knows it too. However, she’s not overly sexual, it’s more flirtatious. Has feelings for Lumiere. Young and not particularly smart. Transitioning into a feather duster. (Female appear 18 +)

Mme de la Grande Bouche – Used to be a famous opera singer and still trying to hold on to that fame. Kindly nonetheless and harbors feelings for Cogsworth. Partly a wardrobe. (Female)

Monsieur D’Arque – Old, creepy and malevolent owner of the town’s mental asylum. Enjoys locking people away and gets excited by Gaston’s evil plan. (Male or Female – to appear as man 50+)

Three Silly Girls – Three young women in the village who are obsessed and infatuated with Gaston. Always seen with each other. Hysterically depressed when they realize Gaston is going to propose to Belle but don’t let it get in their way of meeting up with him. (Female)

Villagers – There are several characters that live in Belle’s small, provincial town. They are merchants, with simple lives. Their small-town mindset leads them to regard Belle and Maurice as odd. They are easily led and follow the crowd.

Unnamed Enchanted Objects – Former servants to the Beast, these characters are under the effects of the Enchantress’ spell and as such are gradually transitioning into household objects. They want to become human again and break the curse, so are determined to find love for the Beast.

Wolves – There are six wolves that reside in the forest and prey on lost humans. They are hungry, and therefore dangerous! Will most likely be cast with dancers as the wolf attacks can be “choreographed chaos”

The Community Theatre of Howell’s mission is to foster and encourage the study of and public appreciation for the performing arts. We offer quality productions to the community each year and educational opportunities for adults and youth. We pride ourselves on family entertainment and we provide a structured cultural experience for everyone involved.

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