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Below are the audition monologues for the different roles in Beauty and the Beast.
Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind. But then, one winter’s night, an old beggar woman came to the castle and offered him a single rose in return for shelter from the bitter cold. Repulsed by her haggard appearance, the prince sneered at the gift and turned the old woman away. But she warned him not to be deceived by appearances, for beauty is found within. And when he dismissed her again, the old woman’s ugliness melted away to reveal a beautiful enchantress. The prince tried to apologize, but it was too late, for she had seen that there was no love in his heart. And as punishment, she transformed him into a hideous beast and placed a powerful spell on the castle and all who lived there. Ashamed of his monstrous form, the beast concealed himself inside his castle, with a magic mirror as his only window to the outside world. The rose she had offered was truly an enchanted rose, which would bloom until his 21st year. If he could learn to love another, and earn her love in return by the time the last petal fell, then the spell would be broken. If not, he would be doomed to remain a beast for all time. As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope. For who could ever learn to love a beast?
Papa… if I ask you something, will you answer me honestly? Do you think I’m… odd? It’s just that – well… people talk. I hear them calling me a “funny girl,” that my head is up on some cloud… Oh, should I just accept I’m simply not like them? There must be more than this provincial town and this provincial life. What could this town possibly know about my dreams… I want adventure in the great wide somewhere! I want it more than I can say. And for once it would be great to have someone understand that I want so much more than they’ve got planned… Oh Papa, thank you for trying to understand me. No matter what, you make me proud. I will make you proud too, Papa.
I’m just fooling myself. She’ll never see me as anything…but a monster. How long must this go on? This cruel trick of fate? I simply made one careless wrong decision and that that witch was gone and left me in this state, an object of revulsion and derision…hated. Is there no one who can show me how to win the world’s forgiveness? No! What did they say? Shower her with compliments…impress her with your wit…act like a gentleman. Act like a gentleman! Act like a gentleman!
I’ve got my sights set on that one, Lefou. The inventor’s daughter. Yes, she’s the one. The lucky girl I’m going to marry. She’s the most beautiful girl in town! That makes her the best. And don’t I deserve the best? Right from the moment I met her I said she’s gorgeous and, since she’s the only one in town as beautiful as me, I’m making plans to woo and marry Belle. Just you watch, I’m going to make Belle my wife! It’s about time she got her head out of those books and paid attention to more important things… me! It’s not right for a woman to read. Soon she starts getting ideas and… thinking! Now Lefou, I want you to go into the woods and bring me back the biggest, healthiest deer you can find – for my wedding feast!
Try to be patient, sir. The girl has lost her father and her freedom all in one day. But Master, have you thought that perhaps this girl could be the one to break the spell? You have? Good! So…you fall in love with her, she falls in love with you and poof! The spell is broken! But I suppose it’s not that easy. These things take time. Master, you must help her to see past your looks. You could start by trying to make yourself more presentable. Straighten up! Try to act like a gentleman. Impress her with your rapier wit. But be gentle. Shower her with compliments. But be sincere. And above all…You must control your temper!
Mama, you’re not gonna believe what I saw…not in a million thousand years…not in a trillion million thousand years! Really! This is the greatest thing. It’s the thing that everybody’s been waiting for since…since…since…I don’t know when! There’s a girl in the castle! There is! I saw her! And she’s real pretty, too.
Tonight is the night…the night to confess your love. You care for the girl, don’t you? Then why not tell her! There will be beautiful music, romantic candlelight, provided by myself, and then when the moment is right…you will know because you will feel it here…and you must speak from the heart. You must! What are you afraid of? My prince, you must find the courage to take a chance. You can do it, Master. I know you can.
Enchanted castle?! Who said anything about the castle being enchanted? It was you, Lumiere, wasn’t it? Oh, you figured it out yourself, Belle, did you? Perhaps you would like a tour? Wait a minute, wait a minute…I’m not sure that’s such a good idea. (to Lumiere) We can’t have you know who go poking around you know where…if you know what I mean. But I do know everything there is to know about the castle… (to Belle) On second thought…I would like to take you! May I draw your attention to our hand-painted ceiling complete with cherubs frolicking in delight amidst the nymphs and centaurs…Now, if you will note the unusual inverted archways, you will see that this is yet another example of the late neo-classic baroque period. And, as I always say, if it’s not baroque, don’t fix it!
You didn’t miss a shot, Gaston. You’re the greatest hunter in the whole world. No beast alive stands a chance against you! And no girl for that matter.
Oh, I’ll never get this bone-headed contraption to work! Well… we’d better get cracking then! Now let me see, where did I put that dog-legged clencher? (Belle hand him the tool) Oh…Thank you dear! (Takes the tool and starts tinkering) So… did you have a good time in town today?
De La Grande Bouch
Well now, what shall we dress you for dinner? Let’s see what I’ve got in my drawers… (Belle refuses to go) Oh, of course you are. You heard what the master said.