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CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

 

Ages are Stage Ages

 

 

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: 21-35) 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. Baritone: A–High F

 

 

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 and dances 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: 20’s+) 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 as he

 

dances a tango with Babette. Baritone: A–High F sharp

 

 

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. Baritone:

 

A–High E

 

 

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. Mezzo-Soprano: Low F sharp– High G

 

 

CHIP (Age 9-12 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. Looking for natural comic timing. 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:16-30) 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) – 16 years and above. 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.

 

 

 

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Prince Adam was cursed to a beast form by

 

Enchantress who saw no love in his arrogant heart

 

for others. The one way he could break the spell

 

was to learn to love another and earn her love in

 

return before the last petal from his enchanted

 

rose fell, which would bloom until his twenty-first

 

birthday. But who could ever learn to love a

 

beast? Ten years later, Maurice, an inventor from

 

a nearby village, becomes lost in the woods and

 

seeks shelter in the Beast's castle, the Beast

 

imprisons him for trespassing. His daughter Belle,

 

a bookworm who dreams of life outside her

 

provincial village, finds him trapped in the castle

 

and offers her place instead. The Beast accepts

 

with a promise she'll remain in the castle forever,

 

In the beginning Belle views him as nothing more

 

than a monster, he views her as difficult and

 

stubborn. But the two soon taste the bitter-

 

sweetness of finding you can change and learning

 

you were wrong.

 

 

Read more about the show HERE.

 

 

Disney's Beauty and the Beast opened on Broadway on

 

April 8, 1994, and ran for 5,461 perfornabces (13 years).

 

It is currently the 10th longest running musical on

 

Broadway.

 

 

The original production was nominated for nine Tony

 

Awards.  It won for Best Costume Design.