AUDITIONS FOR BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
A panto by Ben Crocker
Directed by Michelle Brandenburg
Performances at the Pumphouse Theatre – December 8th to 16th, 2017
Calling all performing artists! Are you looking for a fun filled, magically musical project to get you through the dark days of fall? Well look no further! Morpheus Theatre is pleased to announce auditions for our family friendly holiday season panto! Please join Director Michelle Brandenburg in a collaborative process to bring Ben Crocker’s Beauty and the Beast: A Pantomime to life (This isn’t your Disney’s Beauty and the Beast). This show will be filled with puppets, musical numbers, comedic fun, physical foolery and anything else auditioners bring to the table!
The childhood classic you have come to love; a tale of finding love where you least expect it, about seeing with your heart, complete with a needy witch, some animated furniture and a poodle. Our holiday panto is back – oh yes, it is! – and it’s fun for your whole family. When her mother trespasses and takes a rose from the Beast’s garden, Rose, a.k.a. Beauty, is forced to go live in the castle with the Beast, who hopes that she will be the one to break the curse laid upon him by the clingy, magic-slinging Malabelle. Will Beauty come to love him, despite his ugliness? Will they have a happily ever after? Anything is possible, but they must make their way through beloved panto tropes, musical numbers and some cheesey jokes first, but that’s all part of the charm of panto! We think they’ll make it. After all, what is it they say? Love will find a way! Oh yes, it will!
Felix, giant French poodle
Our narrator, who explains the fun of Panto and engages the audience throughout the show. He speaks with a French accent and is a very human sort of poodle. Felix lives with Ma, Beauty and Jacques. He sings, he jokes, he flirts and is, above all, a very good boy. Who’s a good boy?
Jacques, Beauty’s brother (20 – 30)
The older of Ma’s two grown-up children who lives at home, Jacques is a down-to-earth, poor, country boy who wants the best for his family and his Felix. He sings, he trains the dog, he tries to rescue his sister and is, very obviously, in love with Capucine.
Capucine, in love with Jacques (20 – 30)
The village blacksmith, a title she took on after the death of her father. She has developed quite the strong grip since taking over the smithy. She also sings, fits right in with the country family, and is, just as obviously, in love with Jacques.
Malabelle, a wicked witch
Our panto villiain, and a self-described “loving, needy, vengeful witch” who is sometimes “a bit of a moo.” She drops French words into sentences, monologues in rhyme and turns princes into beasts when they spurn her romantic advances. She sings – you knew that was coming -, she’s completely unreasonable, and she schemes, like any witch worthy of the title “wicked.”
Ma, The Dame – Beauty & Jacque’s mum
The Panto Dame, Madame Manon de Pamplemousse, and yes, that does mean “grapefruit” – oh yes, it does.! Ma is poor, but has a huge heart and she loves her children dearly. When her journey to find their fortune brings her in the Beast’s castle, well, roses get picked, spells get cast, confusion abounds. Ma …can you guess? You’re right! She sings, she frequently breaks the fourth wall, she organizes and she spreads her damely cheer throughout the show.
Beauty, also known as Rose (20 – 30)
Ma’s pride and joy, Rose, also known as “Beauty”, is the other grown-up child living in their cottage in the country. She bears their poverty with grace, and always tries to be there for others. She willingly, bravely, takes Ma’s place at the Beast’s castle. Of course Beauty sings – it’s a very panto heroine thing to do, she breaks spells, and she’s a little sassy from time to time.
Prince/Beast (20 – 30)
His only crime was not falling for the rhyming witch, or even pretending to fall for her – he pretty much face shoves her out of the way in his love-daze after meeting Beauty. So one might say he’s not the most aware of princes, but he is otherwise quite charming. Which is good, for a prince in a fairytale. He sings (growls?), he charms, he grumbles – depending which scene you’re looking at- basically, he’s a dashing, witty prince and a cranky, impatient, beast.
That’s pretty self-explanatory, non? It’s a clock, who talks. And is French. Because the play takes place in France. The clock is a servant of the Beast and would like you to know what time it is. In case, you know, in case you’re interested. The clock is also a singing clock.
Aimee, a castle servant
She sings, let’s get that out there right off the bat! Aimee is actually part of a picture she shares with Remy. Together, they help the Beast to host Beauty when she is with them at the castle and when they aren’t needed, they slip back into their frame.
Remy, a castle servant
Remy is Aimee’s counterpart-art-inhabitant and co-host to the castle’s guests. You didn’t think I’d forget, did you? He sings too.
The Furniture, or as they say in France, La Furniture
This group of magical household items consists of Table, Lamp, Chest of Drawers and Rug. They are smaller speaking parts, but definitely a part of the songs – there’s that singing popping up again! They will also be puppets, so that’s a thing to know too.
Chorus as Villagers, Wolves, Bears, Castle Servants, Royal Pages, Ghosts, etc.
- A comedic monologue (approximately two minutes)
- A song of your choice from the 1940’s to now
- Please bring your resume and headshot to the audition
*To note, if you’d like to audition: yes, there will be singing. There will also be acting, and dancing, and the graceful treading of pantomime boards. That said, we are also looking for multidisciplinary performance artists who can help bring some of the fantastical magic of the play to life in a live theatre performance. So this is also a call for puppeteers, clowns, acrobats, mimes, magicians and et cetera! Anyone who is comfortable with a whimsical, exploratory, fun discovery process is most welcome to sign up for an audition. We look forward to meeting you all!
If you have a brilliant skill that you would like to bring to the table please let us know so we can tailor your audition. Not a tradition actor? That is okay, get in touch with us and we will find a way for you to showcase what you have to offer. Auditioners should be prepared for a rehearsal process that mixes the tradition rehearsal process with a collaborative creative process. We will have the opportunity to skill-build throughout and ideally create a truly memorable experience for our audience.