Audition

Perform onstage in Broadway quality, family-friendly shows with our theatre! Auditions are open to the public—you do not need to attend Christ Wesleyan Church, or any church for that matter.

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Plot Summary

Based on the smash hit 1991 Disney movie and dating back to a late 18th-century classic French fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast tells the story of Belle, a beautiful and intelligent young woman who feels out of place in her provincial French village. When her father is imprisoned in a mysterious castle, Belle’s attempt to rescue him leads to her capture by the Beast, a grisly and fearsome monster, who was long ago trapped in his gruesome form by an enchantress. The only way for the Beast to become human once again is if he learns to love and be loved in return. There is a time limit, too: once a magical rose loses all of its petals, all hope will be lost and he will stay a Beast forever. The Beast’s enchanted household--populated by such beloved characters as Mrs. Potts, Lumière, Cogsworth, and Chip--watch anxiously as Belle and the Beast grow to understand and befriend one another. Their feelings grow ever deeper as the clock ticks and petals continue to fall off the enchanted rose--will they confess their love for one another before it is too late?

About Auditions

When to audition:
Saturday, June 22: 10:00am-4:00pm, The Auditorium
Sunday, June 23: 1:00-7:00pm, The Auditorium
Sign up for an audition time slot below. (Walk-ins will be given a time slot/return time toward the end of the audition day.)

How should I prepare for my audition?
Remember to schedule your audition (above)! All actors auditioning should prepare a short monologue (2-3 minutes) that they find either online or from some other source and a song of their choice (average length is 3-4 minutes, but you may not need to sing the entire song) with accompaniment CD or mobile device. The total length of an audition should not exceed 8 minutes. Actors may also choose to provide their own live accompaniment (a piano is available). Both should be memorized. Monologues and songs do not have to be from Beauty & the Beast, but should show a range of emotions and skill (you do not need to provide copies of your monologue or song). Actors will do some dance choreography as part of the show, but do not need to include dance in their audition. If a person is interested in a “dance-only” role in the production, they should contact us for more information.

Who can audition?
Actors ages 12 & up. Children younger than 12 may audition for the role of Chip, but if not cast in that particular role, they will not be able to participate at this time. Children normally need to be at least 12 before they can audition.

Do you have to attend Christ Wesleyan Church?
No, anyone can audition whether or not they attend a church.

Where?
The Auditorium (Entrance #6) at Christ Wesleyan Church
363 Stamm Road, Milton, PA 17847

When do rehearsals start?
July 2019

When are the performances?
November 7-10, 2019 with five performances:
November 7 & 8 at 7:00pm, November 9 at 2:00 & 7:00pm, & November 10 at 2:00pm

Tips for Auditioning

1. Act. Don’t just read.
Remember, you are auditioning to act in a musical. Yes, there are times when simply being a cute little kid is enough, but for the most part, we are looking for actors. Make an impression by actually acting during your audition, not simply delivering lines.

2. Learn a little bit about the musical you’re auditioning for.
The more you understand the musical and the characters, the more you can tailor your audition toward your desired role.

3. Take the time you need to prepare.
Remember Rule #1–Act. Don’t just read. Be familiar with your audition piece and have it memorized. Don’t worry if your piece isn’t from this musical. We just want to know you have the ability to actually act.

4. Slow down and enunciate every word.
One sure sign of nervousness is speeding through the lines. When you talk too fast, it is harder to make sure each word is understood, and the emotion that should accompany those words does not come through. Slow down and make sure you can say each word clearly.

5. If you make a mistake, battle through it.
Even the best actors occasionally make mistakes onstage. But good actors know how to work through their mistakes without letting the audience realize that a mistake was made. One of the things we are looking for is poise. We want to know how you will react when things don’t go as rehearsed. If you fall apart during an audition, it doesn’t give the director much confidence that you will react well on the nights of the show. If you do make a mistake, don’t apologize. Don’t ask to start over. Just pick up from where the mistake was made and push forward.

6. Be humble.
No one is guaranteed a spot in a musical. It doesn’t matter what other roles you’ve had or other theatres you’ve worked with. Each part has someone just right for the role…that may be you, but maybe not. That doesn’t mean you’re not a good actor. If you come across as being someone who is hard to work with, it makes it much more difficult for the director to give you a part. We have seen quite a few actors walk into an audition because they just assume they will be given a part, and their audition is flat and uninspiring. Then they are shocked when they didn’t get a major role in the musical. If you are serious about wanting a role, you need to give it your best. Every time. If you have acting experience, we will know from the information on your audition form. It is not unusual that a person with no previous acting experience gets a good part because they blew us away in the auditions.

7. Audition often.
One of the biggest obstacles between you and getting cast in a musical is your nervousness. Nervousness makes you more timid. It makes you talk too fast. It makes you less memorable and more likely to get lost in the crowd. The best way to overcome your nervousness is to practice. That means auditioning more. If you don’t get the part, shake it off as a learning experience, and when the next show rolls around, go out and audition again. The more you go through the process, the easier it becomes.