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Auditions will be held June 7th - 9th

at Lakeville South High School Auditorium

Performances will be held in-person July 30th - August 8th

Online viewing options will also be available

Registration will be available by mid May. In the meantime, scroll down to read frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the production and to view the cast/character list which includes approx. ages for each role.

production FAQs

Who can audition for the show?


Anyone age 5 through adult is able to audition for the production. The production will include between 100-160 actors pending social distancing guidelines released in late May. (Some actors may not perform in every performance.) While some production roles may require different ages and vocal ranges, CCT does not discriminate in casting based on race, gender, sexual orientation, ability to pay participation fee, accessibility needs, etc.




Is there a fee to participate?


Yes. Auditioning is free, however, there is a participation fee to be involved in the production. Fees are $175 per actor (age 17 and under) with a family cap of $350. Adult actors do not pay a fee but are encouraged to help with the production in other ways. ALL actors must also provide their own solid black shoes and socks to wear for the production. Financial assistance is available for those who need it and can be registered for after the production has been cast.




What is the time commitment / when are rehearsals?


The time commitment depends on the role that each actor is cast in. Some actors may rehearse one-six hours each week while others may rehearse 20 hours per week. At auditions, actors will be able to select if they'd like a role that requires less rehearsal time. These roles are called part-time roles. Part-time roles rehearse an average of 1-2 hours each week and perform in 5 performances instead of 10. Rehearsals are held Monday-Friday evenings from 6pm - 9:30pm and Saturday mornings/afternoons. Actors will be asked to fill out a conflict form at auditions. CCT does its best to work around actors' conflicts when possible. Playing a sport once or twice each week may be something that can be scheduled around. CCT can occasionally schedule around vacation conflicts, however, priority will be given to those who can attend the majority of rehearsals. It is extremely important that you fill out your conflict form honestly!




How do I prepare for auditions?


Actors MUST register in order to audition for this production. The registration link can be found at the top of this page once it becomes available in mid May. Registration is free and secures your audition spot. On the day of your audition, please bring a list of conflicts that can be used to fill out the conflict calendar. You may also wish to bring a pen/pencil and a notebook (or other hard surface) for filling out your audition form. Your audition will consist of two parts, an acting audition and a singing audition. During the acting audition, actors will be asked to portray different animals, characters or emotions while counting from one to ten. Example: Please count from 1 to 10. At one, pretend you sad, at 10, pretend you are happy. For the singing audition, actors will be asked to sing a short section of a song (around 20-30 seconds is enough). Actors may choose any song they like, but it should be something that you feel confident singing! Your song does NOT have to be from Beauty and the Beast. Additional details regarding auditions and Covid-19 procedures will be emailed in late May or early June.




What are the Covid-19 guidelines for participating in the production?


Our state is in a unique part of the pandemic where many people are recieving vacinations and guidelines may be loosening over the next through months, however Covid-19 and its variants have not left our community yet. Throughout the production, CastleCo Theatre (CCT) will follow the guidelines set in place by the Lakeville school district and state of Minnesota. A list of current guidelines are listed below (additional guidelines may also exist). CCT staff will stay on top of guidelines and adjust them when possible. Please note that different activies and locations require different guidelines to be followed. This means that youth sports or proffessional theatres may have different guidelines then CCT during the summer months. We TRULY appreciate your adherenece to the guidelines and your willingness to be flexible in order to make this production a possibility! Covid-19 Guidelines for Beauty and the Beast JR as of May 4, 2021

  • Masks (or face coverings) must be worn inside Lakeville schools at all times
  • A distance of 6 feet should be kept between individuals
  • A distance of 12 feet must be kept between actors and audience members
  • Indoor rehearsal pods must consist of 30 (or less) people
  • General sanitization of rehearsal spaces (conducted by CCT and Lakeville school staff)
  • Do not attend rehearsal or events if you are sick
  • At this time CCT does NOT plan to hold an intermission during performances as eating during the intermission time could not be accomodated at this time




What is a JR production?


This summer's show will be a JR production. A JR production is a shortened version of a full-length Disney stage musical. While most Disney stage musicals last 2.5 or 3 hours in length, JR productions are designed to last 60-90 minutes. Disney's Beauty and the Bast JR will have a run time of approx. 75-90 minutes without an intermission.




Is a JR production lower quality than a full-length production?


No. Production quality is not dependent on the length of the show, but the effort and funds available for costumes, sets, rehearsals. etc. In fact, CCT has performed two 90 minute shows in the past, including; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Yo, Vikings! Even though these shows were shorter in length, they still included adult actors, large casts, colorful costumes and huge set pieces.




Can adult actors perform in JR productions?


Sometimes. Usually JR productions are restricted to actors age 18 and under, however, script licensing agencies have loosened this restriction for many titles during the pandemic INCLUDING Disney's Beauty and the Beast JR! The script licensing organizations felt the JR shows were safer performance options as they require less time sitting indoors and allow for streaming options.




Why did CCT choose to present the JR version of Beauty and the Beast?


Great question! If you're an avid CCT follower, you probably know that CCT originally intended to perform the full length version of the Disney's Beauty and the Beast, however, after much consideration, the decision to perform the JR version of the show simply made the most sense. Read below for a list of some of the reasons that CCT chose to produce the JR version this summer.

  • The shorter run time meant slightly less rehearsals would be required and allows CCT to hold auditions in June instead of mid May. This is important because it means there are less people in the schools and therfore less chance of Covid spread. We are also crossing our fingers that restrictiosn will loosen with more vaccinations, so waiting longer to start rehearsals made the most sense.
  • The shorter run time means audience members do not have to sit in a theater as long, which could make the show safer to attend for those who have not had a chance to be vaccinated.
  • The JR version allows CCT to offer digital (pre-recorded) performances. This is not an option with the full length version.
  • The JR version DOES allow adults to participate. While CCT may choose to offer shows with age restrictions in the future, we wanted to offer an option for all ages this summer!
  • Generally speaking, there was more risk involved with the full length production than there is with the JR version. The JR version does exclude some songs that you'll find in the full length version, but all of the fan favorites are still a part of the show! The cast will be the same size with either production, the same amount of effort will be put into the show and, (we beleive) everyone will have just as much fun as always!





characters and casting info

NARRATORS: (Male or Female, approx. age 12-Adult.) Non-singing roles that guide the audience through the story's plot.

 

BELLE: (Female, approx. age 16-22.) A smart and confident young woman from a small French village. Raised by her father, Belle is sweet and kind but also willing to stand up for herself and others. Note: CCT attempts to cast actors age 18 and under for the title roles in its large cast productions; this includes the role of Belle. While CCT may consider older actors, the role will likely go to an actor age 18 or under.

MAURICE: (Male, approx. age 40-60.) Belle's father and an avid inventor. Loved by Belle but considered to be a bit eccentric by the villagers.

BEAST: (Male, approx. age 16-24.) Short-tempered and ill-mannered with a hidden secret. Moved kindness by Belle. Note: CCT attempts to cast actors age 18 and under for the title roles in its large cast productions; this includes the role of Beast. While CCT may consider older actors, the role will likely go to an actor age 18 or under.

LUMIERE: (Male, approx. age 16-Adult.) A confident and charming maitre-d (or lead waitstaff) to the Beast who has been transformed into a candelabra. Occasionally challenges the Beast's instructions, but usually not in front of him.

COGSWORTH: (Male or Female, approx. age 16-Adult.) The Beast's major-domo (or schedule keeper/messenger) who has been turned into a clock. Submissive to the Beast's rules and afraid to challenge them.

BABETTE: (Female, approx. age 16-Adult.) The castle maid who has been transformed into a feather duster. A flirtatious character who misses the finer things in life.

MADAME DE LA GRANDE BOUCHE: (Female, approx. age 16-Adult.) A once famous opera singer who was transformed into a wardrobe. Makes friends with Belle almost instantly.

MRS. POTTS: (Female, approx. age 24-Adult.) The Beast's head cook who has been transformed into a teapot. Mrs. Potts is kind and loving and takes on a motherly role in the castle. 

CHIP: (Male or Female, approx. age 6-10.)  The young son/daughter of Mrs. Potts who has been transformed into a teacup. Excited and optimistic.

ENCHANTED OBJECT ENSEMBLE: (Male or Female, approx. age 5-Adult.) Former servants and children from the castle who have been transformed into various objects. Objects may include silverware, napkins, candle sticks, plants, rugs, teacups, etc. (Perform in 1 song.)

GASTON: (Male, approx. age 16-24.) Over-confident, dim-witted hunter who has his heart set on marrying Belle. Full of confidence but lacking any sense of humility. Disliked by Belle, but adored by the villagers.

LEFOU: (Male or Female, approx. age 14-24.) Gaston's equally dim-witted lackey who does whatever he can to mimic and impress Gaston.

SILLY GIRLS: (Female, approx. age 14-22.) Young women in the village who dislike Belle and adore Gaston.

VILLAGER ENSEMBLE: (Male or Female, approx. age 5-Adult.) Villagers who live in the small French town with Belle and Gaston. They enjoy life the way it is and are not interested in change. (Perform in 1-3 songs.)

MONSIEUR D'ARQUE: (Male or Female, approx. age 26+) Proprietor of the town's lunatic asylum. Works with Gaston in attempt to have Maurice unnecessarily admitted.

OLD BEGGAR WOMAN/ENCHANTRESS: (Female, approx. age 16-Adult.) An enchantress, disguised as a beggar woman who learns of the Beast's conceited nature and transforms him and the palace servants into enchanted beings.