• GREAT NECK JUNIOR PLAYERS AUDITION INFORMATION - FALL 2024


    Vocal Auditions: Thursday, September 5th in Room 116, after school at 2:50pm, by appointment time. 

     

    Callbacks: Friday, September 6th in Room 116 after school at 2:45pm. Callbacks will be OPEN, anyone can watch the callbacks to support their peers!

     

    First rehearsal: After school at 2:45 pm, Monday Sept 9th

     

    TECH WEEK: November 10th-14th

     

    Performance Dates: (3 Shows) - Friday, November 15th @ 7:00 PM, Saturday, November 16th @ 7:00 PM, Sunday, November 17th @ 3:00 PM

     

    On your audition form, you will give the director your conflicts. Please go through the rehearsal calendar with your parents. Think of special events, appointments, sports, religious observances, etc. After we learn of your conflicts on your audition form, we’ll create a more detailed rehearsal calendar and go through the first week during our first rehearsal. Rehearsals will be Mondays thru Fridays, with a few weekend exceptions closer to show dates. 

     

    All November Rehearsals are MANDATORY, no conflicts will be honored, including Veterans Day weekend 11/9-11/11. 

     


    ABOUT THE SHOW

    Step into a world of enchantment and wonder with North High School's magical production of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast." This beloved musical tells the tale of Belle, a bright and independent young woman, and the Beast, a prince cursed by an enchantress to live as a monster until he learns to love and be loved in return. In this classic story, themes of acceptance, inner beauty, and transformation unfold in a spellbinding journey of romance and adventure.

     

    Set in a quaint French village and an enchanted castle, "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" is filled with unforgettable characters, including the lovable Lumière, the charming Cogsworth, the nurturing Mrs. Potts, and the mischievous Chip. With show-stopping musical numbers like "Be Our Guest," "Gaston," and the iconic title song "Beauty and the Beast," audiences will be treated to a dazzling spectacle of song, dance, and heartfelt emotion.

     

    Adapted from the Oscar-winning animated film, the stage musical features an incredible score by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton. "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" has captivated audiences around the world, earning critical acclaim and numerous awards, including the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

     

    It's a perfect show for performers to shine in both leading and ensemble roles, providing ample opportunities for standout performances and memorable moments.

     

     


    Musical Numbers



    Prologue

    Belle

    Maurice Travels

    Me

    Belle (Reprise)

    Home

    Gaston

    Gaston (Reprise)

    How Long Must This Go On?

    Be Our Guest

    If I Can't Love Her

    Entr'acte

    Something There

    Human Again

    Beauty and the Beast

    If I Can't Love Her (Reprise)

    A Change in Me

    The Mob Song

    Home (Reprise)

    Transformation/Finale Ultimo

     

     

    All roles are open to actors of any gender. Understudies for select roles may be considered for one understudy performance.

     

    Belle (Principal) – Female Presenting, Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: E3

    A vibrant, courageous and intelligent girl, who wants more from life than an ordinary existence. She is optimistic, fun-loving, caring, eager to experience life, and very open to new ideas and adventures. Must waltz and be comfortable with stage kissing with Beast.

     

    Beast (Principal) - Male Presenting, Vocal range top: F4, Vocal range bottom: A2

    A Prince transformed into a terrifying beast for his shallowness and lack of compassion. He is hot-tempered and commanding, but has a warm, loving heart buried far beneath his gruff exterior, which Belle helps to draw out of him. Must waltz and be comfortable with stage kissing with Belle. Fight choreography involved.

     

    Gaston (Principal) - Male Presenting, Vocal range top: E4, Vocal range bottom: A2

    The egotistical, ultra-masculine villain, determined to marry Belle. He is suave, brawny, manipulative yet charming. Fight choreography and dance involved.

     

    Maurice (Featured) - Male Presenting, Non-singing role

    Belle's loving, eccentric father. A child at heart and an inventor in his own world. Note: the song “No Matter What” is optional and has been cut for this production.

     

    Cogsworth (Principal) - Male Presenting, Vocal range top: E4, Vocal range bottom: A2

    A tightly-wound, enchanted mantle clock and the head of the Beast's household. He is uptight, strict, and punctual, but also hard-working, faithful, and thorough. Amused by his own humor, but apprehensive about the jokes and musings of his fellow house staff.

     

    Mrs. Potts (Principal) – Female Presenting, Vocal range top: G5, Vocal range bottom: F#3

    A warm-hearted, maternal, enchanted teapot and main house-keeper of the Beast’s household. She is loyal, caring, and playful and has multiple children who have been turned into tea cups, her favorite being Chip. 

     

    Lumiere (Principal) - Male Presenting, Vocal range top: F#4, Vocal range bottom: F#2

    A suave, debonair and flirtatious enchanted candelabra. The Beast’s personal valet. He is a loyal and steadfast servant, but his enthusiasm to bring fun, life and hope back into the castle often conflicts with Cogsworth’s judgment and sometimes inadvertently creates trouble. Must dance/move well. Deeply French accent – almost ala Maurice Chevalier. Dances.

     

    Chip (Featured) - Male Presenting, Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: A3

    An enchanted teacup and Mrs. Potts' darling little boy. He is innocent, playful, and bright-eyed. The actor must spend most of their time on stage with their bodies in a confined space and their heads in large headpiece.

     

    Babette (Supporting) – Female Presenting, Vocal range top: F5, Vocal range bottom: C4

    An enchanting feather-duster, formerly a maid in the Beast's household, who shares a charming rapport with Lumiere. She is lively and graceful, exuding a playful spirit. Dancing skills are essential. Like Lumiere, she speaks with a distinctly French accent.

     

    Madame De La Grande Bouche (Supporting) – Female Presenting, Vocal range top: D5, Vocal range bottom: C#4

    A former opera diva-turned-enchanted wardrobe. She has a caring, refined, larger than life personality, and offers Belle consolation in her imprisoned isolation.

     

    Lefou (Supporting) - Male Presenting, Vocal range top: F#4, Vocal range bottom: B2

    Gaston's bumbling sidekick. He is loyal, energetic, and optimistic, but not quite the brightest guy. Must be good with physical comedy. Dances.

     

    Monsieur D'Arque (Featured) - Male Presenting, Non-singing role.

    The scheming proprietor of the local insane asylum. He is dark and sinister.

     

    Le Filles De La Ville (Featured) – Female Presenting

    Formerly known as the “Silly Girls,” these three young ladies are all admirers of Gaston who compete with Belle for his affection. Must dance and be able to hold a three-part harmony. They may double as Napkins in “Be Our Guest.”

     

    Old Beggar Woman/Enchantress (Featured) – Female Presenting

    Embodies grace and mystery. Sets the story's events in motion with her transformative spell, demanding depth and nuance in portrayal. The actor must convey a range of emotions through subtle expressions and movements, reflecting both the character's power and compassion.

     

    Ensemble - Wolves; Enchanted Ensemble; Villagers

    Candlemaker, Marie, Flower Seller, Young Prince, Crony #1, Tavern Master, Laundry Lady, Bookseller, Sausage Curl Lady, Shepherd, Hat Seller, Crony #2, Milkmaid, Baker, Crony. Wolves and Napkins are considered for ensemble dancers.

     


    STUDENT PRODUCTION TEAM

     

    Production Stage Manager EL SCHADER

    Assistant Stage Manager(s) TBD

    Assistant Student Choreographer TBD

    Dance Captains TBD

    Publicity DALIAH SEGAL

     

    STILL SEEKING

    Assistant Stage Manager(s) - works backstage, leading set changes, attends rehearsals

    Prop Supervisor – secures all props for the show, and coordinates prop run crew for the run of the show. 

    Make-Up and Wig Supervisor  - will work closely with our cast, in charge of make-up & hair execution during the run of the show, and the makeup crew. 

    Costume Supervisor – oversees the costume crew and is in charge of helping actors manage costumes for the run of the show. 

    House Manager – manages ushers and Front of House staff during performances. 

    Stage Crew – responsible for moving set pieces and scenery on and off stage during the run of the show. Expected at all set build days. 

    Prop Crew – responsible for managing all props during the run of the show. 

    Costume/Make-up Crew – assist actors with costumes and make-up during the run of show.

     


    Audition Tips

    • To memorize or not to memorize? Always a popular question. We do not require the songs to be memorized. That said, the more familiar you are with the material, the more effective your audition will be. 
    • Be as familiar with the play and the characters as is possible. The script, score, and cast albums will be available on google classroom.
    • Be confident – even if you have never done this before, walk into the audition as if you own the place.
    • Make bold choices – you need to show us your stuff. These are bigger-than-life characters, don’t just stand and sing. 
    • You will be the only student in the room during your general singing audition. 
    • You will be auditioning for several members of the artistic staff (Mr. Giordano, Dr. Levy, etc). 
    • You will walk into the room and hand us your audition form. 
    • You should introduce yourself and then sing your song. Do not be surprised if Dr. Levy has you sing some scales as we need to have a clear idea of your vocal range. 
    • You may be nervous. That is a good thing. The key is to channel your nerves into good positive energy. 
    • It is important to remember that the directors want you to be great. 
    • The general audition is to hear your voice quality and to gauge your ability to act the song. 

     


    Frequently Asked Questions:

    1.     What kind of song do I need to prepare? How long?

    You have three options, either: 

    1. A Song of your Choice (Disney or Musical Theatre) Prepare one verse and one chorus, (no more than 60 seconds). Pick the part of the song that shows off your voice the best and don't forget to act!
    2. GENERAL Audition Cut (Provided to you)
    3. Character Audition Callback Side of Your Choice

    We suggest no pop/rock or opera. It is suggested that you bring sheet music. For audition song ideas: https://www.theatretrip.com/audition-songs-for-beauty-and-the-beast/

     

    2.    Do I need to have a monologue?

    There is no specific acting/monologue audition for this show. We want to stress the importance of using your song to demonstrate your acting prowess. 

     

    3.     I’m in a sport/other show. How can I do the musical, too?

    While we want you to attend as many rehearsals as possible, we understand that not everyone may be able to attend EVERY rehearsal. We will also do our best to create a rehearsal schedule based on your initial conflict noted on your audition form, therefore you may not be called to every rehearsal. It’s the actor’s job to stay on top of the music and blocking. Again, all November Rehearsals are MANDATORY. The rehearsal calendar is live and updated frequently on Google Classroom. Please check it regularly!

     

    4.     What roles need to have the most availability?

    It’s very important that if you’re cast in the following roles you have minimal conflicts:

    • Belle
    • Gaston
    • Mrs. Potts
    • Beast
    • Cogsworth
    • Lumiere

    5.     What are callbacks?

    Callbacks are for students who are finalists for principal or supporting roles. Callback materials will be available on google classroom. You may sing with other actors who are also being considered for a role. For this show callbacks will be OPEN for any student to watch and support their peers. If you don’t get called back, IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU’RE NOT IN THE MUSICAL! It only means that we already know what part you’d be perfect for. 

     

    6.     Are there cuts to be in the show?

    For musicals, there are no cuts. Anyone who auditions will get cast! 

     

    7.   Do I have to memorize the audition sides for the callbacks?

    It’s not mandatory, but remember this is a competition! If someone else is called back for the same role, and they have their part memorized, they may perform better. Just do the best you can do.

     

    8.   Can I get feedback on my auditions?

    If you want to discuss your audition with Dr. Levy or Mr. Giordano, schedule a time to do so AFTER casting has been announced and you’ve attended the first rehearsal.

     

    9.   When and where do rehearsals start and end?

    Rehearsals are held in the Room 116  and/or the Theater. Generally, they start after school at 2:45pm. They go until 5:00/5:30 pm (Sept/Oct) and 6:30 pm (Nov). Actors may not be called to attend every rehearsal and are expected to keep track of the rehearsal calendar and announcements. (See attached calendar)

     

    10. Will there be understudies?

    An understudy is an actor who learns not only their part but also learns another part in the event the original actor is sick. While not guaranteed, select roles could be considered for understudies solely at the discretion of the director and producing team. There may be an understudy performance for this production. 

     

    11. I don’t like the role I’m cast in after auditions so I quit the show.

    On the audition form you are asked if you are willing to accept any part or just select characters. It is considered bad taste and unprofessional in the theatre to quit a show if you’re unhappy with your part, when you stated on your audition form you would accept any role. Doing this may affect your casting opportunities in future shows. In theatre, the director needs to be able to trust the actor. Quitting a show for superficial reasons hurts that trust.

     


    Please remember, there are no small parts, only small actors! What that means is, please don’t be a “poor sport” and quit the show if you don’t get the part you wanted. It may affect your chances in getting cast in future productions. Everyone will be featured in this show. Take your part and make it the best you can! Sometimes the smaller parts steal the show!

     

    Feel free to see or email us with any questions or concerns. 

     

    Break a leg!

     

    Mr. Giordano & Dr. Levy