New Rehearsal Schedule Page

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Please click on “Rehearsal Schedules” in the menu at the top of the page to see what’s coming up.

Remember, we have a Facebook page under “Outlaw Trail Theater” which is public info. We also have a Facebook Group called “Outlaw Trail Theater Cast & Crew“. You will need to request to join the group, then you will be approved and become a member.

Please let Christina (our Stage Manager) know of any scheduling conflicts or changes.

 

Projection and Breath Control

HERE is a good article on projection and breath control–something we’re always harping on at the Outlaw Trail Theater. When we go outdoors on our stage, we lose 98% of any reflection we might have gotten from our voice inside. Our voices disappear into the cosmos if we don’t learn how to project them. The microphones are there to help–but they can’t overcome a line said softly. Remember, we also compete with the rodeo arena, overhead aircraft, street traffic, convention center events–all kinds of stuff.

Think about it–and work on it.

First Read/Sing Through

Hey! Everybody that is in the new cast of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast for the summer 2015 Outlaw Trail Theater–tonight is our first read through. Scripts and music will be checked out. Costumers will be measuring folks–all kinds of hubbub will be going on.

Please be ready to sit down and get going at 7 PM–in the Western Park Ice Arena (where you all auditioned). Wear something comfy (and warm). It will be a fun night, getting to know each other and jumping into this wonderful production. Bring a pencil–maybe a notebook. You may want to bring a camp or lawn chair to sit on (the metal Western Park chairs are kinda hard)

If you are not already a member–you may want to join our “Outlaw Trail Theater Cast and Crew” group on Facebook. A lot of info gets around through that channel. We will also talk about other communication channels tonight.

Read the Instructions!

Please read the instructions on the “Cast List” page–it’s important that you respond as to whether you are accepting or declining the part that you have been given in Beauty and the Beast. If we don’t get your Comment Form back, we’ll have to assume that you are turning down the part.

Characters in Beauty and the Beast

Here are the characters in Beauty and the Beast as listed in the script. The music also lists “Female 1 through 12″ and “Male 1 through 12″–most of which will be made up of the townspeople and servants listed below. But, as you can see, it’s going to be a fairly good sized cast.

NARRATOR, a voiceover during the Prologue

YOUNG MAN, a selfish prince

OLD BEGGAR WOMAN, an enchantress in disguise

BELLE, a smart, plucky young woman from a provincial town

MAURICE, an inventor and Belle’s father

TOWNSPEOPLE, including Aristocratic Lady, Fish Man, Egg Man, Sausage Curl Girl, Baker, Lady with Cane, Lady with Baby, Candle Man, Hat Seller, Milkmaid, Shepherd Boy, Bookseller, Silly Girls, Gaston’s Cronies, a Mother, Villager

GASTON, a pompous and dim-witted “ladies man”

LEFOU, a dim-witted lackey to Gaston

MONSIEUR D’ARQUE, proprietor of the lunatic asylum

COGSWORTH, an English major-domo of the castle who is becoming a mantle clock

LUMIERE, a French Maitre d’ who is becoming a candelabra

BABETTE, a maid who is becoming a feather duster

MRS. POTTS, a cook who is becoming a teapot

CHIP, Mrs. Potts’s son, who is becoming a teacup

MADAME DE LA GRANDE BOUCHE, an opera singer who is becoming a wardrobe

SERVANTS, including Caryatids, Flatware, Napkins, Dust Pail, Egg Timer

THE BEAST, master of the castle who used to be a prince

What Character Do You Want to Audition For?

Cast size: Large

Character Breakdown (In alphabetical order)

BABETTE – A saucy, enchanted feather-duster, and the object of Lumiere’s affections. She is the playful, gorgeous, seductive French maid.
Female

BEAST – A Prince transformed into a terrifying beast for his lack of compassion. He is hot-tempered and commanding, but has a warm, loving heart buried far beneath his gruff exterior.
Male

BELLE – A vibrant, intelligent girl with beauty, who wants more out of the life than an ordinary existence. She is optimistic, fun-loving, caring, and eager to experience life.
Female

CHIP – An enchanted teacup and Mrs. Potts’ darling little boy. He is innocent, playful, and bright-eyed.
Male

COGSWORTH – 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.
Male

ENSEMBLE WOLVES; ENCHANTED OBJECTS; TOWNSPEOPLE

GASTON – The egotistical, ultra-masculine villain determined to marry Belle. He is manipulative yet charming and earnest.
Male

LEFOU – Gaston’s bumbling sidekick. He is loyal, energetic, and optimistic, but not quite the brightest guy.
Male

LUMIERE – A suave, debonair enchanted candelabra. He is a loyal and steadfast servant.
Male

MADAME DE LA GRANDE BOUCHE – A former opera diva-turned-enchanted wardrobe. She has a caring, refined, larger than life personality.
Female

MAURICE – Belle’s loving, eccentric father. A child at heart and inventor in his own world.
Male

MONSIEUR D’ARQUE – The scheming proprietor of the local insane asylum. He is a dark, sinister villain who aides Gaston in his plot to marry Belle.
Male

MRS. POTTS – A warm-hearted, maternal enchanted teapot. She is loyal, caring, and playful.
Female

Some Audition Pointers

The following is an excerpt from this article.

I found these pointers to be good–though you can find lots and lots of articles about this subject.


The audition process

Auditioning is the most nightmarish process imaginable for casting a project, but it’s the only one we have. Unless you’re already a hot commodity in the industry, you’re going to have to audition to keep working. No one can claim to be the expert on auditions. Every singer gets rejected. Every singer goes through times when no one wants to hire them. It’s part of the business. There are three main things to keep in mind when auditioning:

  1. They want you to do well. The casting process is as exhausting and difficult for them as it is for you. They’re just waiting for the right person to walk in the room so they can all go home. Seeing them as the enemy doesn’t serve you. Don’t let the intimidating and often unfriendly situation keep you from doing your best work.
  2. Have fun. When it comes down to it, getting the job is 1% what you do, 9% what you look like, and 90% dumb luck. Do your best to control that 1% by being prepared, but don’t beat yourself up over not getting the job. Sometimes the reason you don’t get hired can be totally ludicrous. You have a better chance of success if you just take the opportunity to perform and have a good time.
  3. Have confidence in who you are and what you have to offer. Confidence sells, just like in any other industry. This in no way means “be arrogant”. Arrogant people aren’t confident, they’re just – well schmucks. Be yourself, and you’ll have more to bring to the table. Be prepared and you’ll have your best work to offer.
    The rest you’ll learn through experience. Audition classes and workshops are available as well. Singing is one of the most rewarding professions in the entertainment industry. Work hard and stick with it, the world needs good singers and the stories they tell.

Preparing for auditions
If you ask a casting director what matters most when a singer shows up to an audition, most will tell you that the singer needs to “be prepared” Of course, being on time is usually a positive bonus as well.

It should be obvious, but it’s surprising how many singers make a bad impression with something as simple as inappropriate behavior. You have to keep in mind that casting directors already have the job, you don’t. So you need to prove yourself to them, not the other way around. Some suggestions from casting directors include things like avoid unnecessary chit-chat. Don’t linger in the room for too long after you sing.

A feeling of desperation is another sure way not to get a callback. Keep calm and collected, you don’t want to come off as if you’re begging or pleading. Consider each audition an opportunity or a chance to perform for an audience. Or walk into the audition saying, “No matter what happens, I’ll do the best I can today.” The casting director is not here to judge you harshly; he or she simply wants to find the perfect person for the job. Give yourself the best opportunity possible.

Sometimes singers will seek out singing coaches to prepare them for an audition. Don’t over prepare though, you want to retain a substantial amount of flexibility. The bottom line is that you don’t know exactly what the casting director is looking for unless is it very specific. The casting director will often ask you to sing differently, if you’ve become set in your ways about how you’re singing, it will be difficult to change. Be comfortable with what you’re doing, but be prepared to change.

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