The 2017 Campolindo Music Department Production of
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries. Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice. The original Broadway production ran for over 13 years and was nominated for 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
This “tale as old as time” was previously produced by the Campolindo Music Department in 2009 and played to sold-out houses and community acclaim.
Casting is by audition for Principals, supporting roles and Ensemble. Depending upon the number of auditions, we will create two casts of Principals and either one or two casts of Ensemble. All who complete an audition will be cast in the show.
Auditions are open to all members of the Campolindo Choral Music Program. Auditions will be held September 27, 28, 29 from 6 pm to 9 pm. You will have an opportunity to sign up for a specific time-slot and will be auditioning with 12 to 16 others. There will be a Callback Workshop on September 30 to allow those invited to callbacks an opportunity to learn music from the score. Callbacks will be held on October 4th. Casting will be posted very soon thereafter. There may be subsequent dance auditions for those interested in being a part of the dance corps, but those will be announced later.
All cast members are required to audition. Audition Sign-Ups will be posted at the beginning of the school year and will be announced in choir classes.
Audition slots are 45 minutes long between 6 and 9 pm and you will be auditioning with a group of your peers. Auditioning does not obligate you to be in the cast if unanticipated conflicts occur, but you can’t be in the cast if you don’t audition. Prepare about 16 bars of a Broadway Musical solo. For anyone seriously interested in a “named role” in the show, we suggest listening to the soundtrack before picking an audition song and selecting something that is of a similar genre to one of the songs your desired character(s) sing in the show. It is strongly suggested that you begin your search for an audition song NOW. (PLEASE
An accompanist will be provided. For more information about the Spring Musical, including audition tips, please review the “Spring Musical Handbook.”
Email the Director at firstname.lastname@example.org for suggestions. For those new to auditioning and unfamiliar with the Musical Theatre catalog, Mr. Roberts will teach one song for boys and one song for girls in a group setting early in the school year. It is acceptable for first time auditioners to use one of these “group taught” songs for the audition, although you may pick one of your own if you prefer.
The main thing is to pick something you are comfortable singing (whether perfect for the role or not.)
The Campolindo Musical Theatre program is a voluntary after school program that is supported in part by MEF, by ticket sales and by an additional participation donation from each cast member that pays for costumes, sets, props a professional staff and commemorative T-shirt. The program receives no Acalanes School District funding. After casting we will ask that you pay the participation fee ($135 at this writing) on-line before winter break. Details will be announced. Principals who receive a bound libretto will be asked for an additional deposit of $25 for the libretto, returnable to you upon return of the script at the end of the show. Scholarships are available upon confidential request for anyone for whom these amounts constitute a financial hardship.
MUSICAL THEATRE BOOT CAMP
Several sessions of “Boot Camp” may be taught by the Artistic Staff on selected evenings in December, if time allows, to introduce students to acting technique, movement and other Musical Theatre topics before rehearsals begin. Dates and times TBD. All cast members who have not previously attended a boot camp are expected to attend.
REHEARSALS AND PERFORMANCES
The regular rehearsal schedule begins in earnest January 3rd. Rehearsals are typically scheduled from 6 pm to 9 pm Monday through Friday, with several Saturday morning rehearsals as well. Cast members will only be called for scenes in which they appear and so will not necessarily rehearse every night. We do not rehearse on long weekends (Presidents’ Day) and we take a hiatus when other Choral performances are scheduled and during Finals Week.
The following are “no conflict rehearsals & performances” and you are expected to be available for them.
There will be 2 technical rehearsals, 2 dress rehearsals, 2 preview performances and 8 public performances of Beauty and the Beast (all split by cast). The venue for most rehearsals and all performances is CPAC.