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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

BELLE – Belle is the original fairy tale heroine–kind, gentle, and beautiful–but with an important 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. There should be an innocence in her songs as well as dialogue.

THE BEAST – 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.

GASTON – 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 .

LEFOU – Lefou is Gaston’s dim-witted, servile sidekick. He goes to extraordinary lengths and suffers repeated humiliation in his efforts to please his master.

MAURICE – Despite being a bit scatter-brained, there is no mistaking Maurice’ssteadfast love for his daughter Belle. Kindly, gentle, enthusiastic and inventive, he becomes single-minded and determined when Belle faces danger.

BABETTE – Babette is a saucy, enchanted feather-duster, and the object ofLumiere’s affections. This character speaks with a French accent.

LUMIERE – 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.

COGSWORTH – 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.

MRS. POTTS – Mrs. Potts is a warm-hearted, maternal enchanted teapot. She sings thetitle song Beauty and the Beast. This character speaks with a British accent.

CHIP – Chip is an inquisitive little teacup who is the son of Mrs. Potts.

MADAME DE LA GRANDE BOUCHE – Madame is a former opera diva turned enchanted wardrobe.

MONSIEUR D’ARQUE – D’arque is the creepy, scheming proprietor of the local insane asylum, The Maison De Lune. He doubles as a townsperson.

THREE SILLY GIRLS – 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) There are a number of additional ensemble roles.
The ensemble has much to do, 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.

DANCERS – We need some very good Dancers who will be in a few dramatic scenes and will need just a few rehearsals until the last 2 weeks of the process

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