Character and Description
Narrators The narrators help guide the story along
Belle Belle is a smart, confident young woman from a small village. Belle is able to stand up to Gaston while showing compassion for Maurice, the Servants and eventually the Beast.
Maurice Maurice is an aging and eccentric inventor, but more importantly, the adoring and protective father of Belle. This non-solo singing role is perfect for an actor who can have fun interpreting this "crazy old man" while conveying some very strong emotions: fear and fatherly love.
Beast The Beast is a young prince who was hideously transformed by the Enchantress's spell. The Beast must be played by an actor who can deliver a range of conflicting emotional states.
Gaston Gaston is pompous and dim-witted and will do whatever it takes to win Belle's hand. Gaston has all the confidence in the world but lacks the humility to balance it. Finding a strong singer and actor is more important than physical size and stature for this role. He has to be able to sell his big eponymous number with gusto and arrogance as well as lead the Villagers in "The Mob Song." The bravura needs to come from within.
Lefou Lefou is Gaston's equally dim-witted lackey. This character needs to be Gaston's foil and should double the laughs for them both. Lefou is able to sing, act and dance.
Silly Girls The Silly Girls are in love with Gaston and will do almost anything just to be near him. The Silly Girls sing together in three numbers.
Lumiere Lumiere is a confident, charming French mâitre d' who (under the enchantress's spell) is a candelabra. He has a never-ending give-and-take with Cogsworthand is a strong singer who can light up the stage in "Be Our Guest." This role covers a range of emotions (from charming entertainer to brave soldier) and requires prominent song and dance, so try to cast a strong, reliable performer.
Cogsworth Cogsworth is the British major-domo of the castle who is a clock. Like all of the castle's Servants, he shows a fatherly compassion for Belle yet is perfectly submissive to the master, the Beast. Cogsworth enjoys feeling like the boss and has no problem "getting into it" with Lumiere.
Mrs. Potts Mrs. Potts is the castle's endearing cook who is a teapot. Mrs. Potts has a strong, sweet voice and should be able to convey comforting, maternal qualities amidst the chaos that is breaking out in the castle.
Babette Babette is the maid of the castle who is a feather duster. She misses the finer things in life. Babette is happy to be at Belle's service at a moment's notice, but her true heart comes through in "Human Again."
Madame De La Grande Bouche Madame is an opera singer who is a wardrobe. Madame is larger-than-life in everything she does, including her singing and dancing. Madame has some harmony lines with Mrs. Potts and Babette.
Chip Chip is Mrs. Potts's son who is a teacup. Chip has a wonderful naïveté that endears him to all of the Servants.
Old Beggar Woman/Enchantress The Old Beggar Woman/Enchantress should be portrayed by an actor with a flair for the visually dramatic as this is a non-speaking role. Her transformation in the Prologue needs to entice the audience into the story. After the Prologue, this student may join the ensemble as a Villager or castle Servant.
Monsieur D'arque Monsieur D'Arque is the proprietor of the lunatic asylum, and a sinister personality.
Servants The Servants of the castle can include Statues, a Dust Pan, Flatware, Plates, an Egg Timer, Napkins, a Carpet, Salt & Pepper Shakers and any other household items. These enchanted characters are the "Rockettes" of the castle.
The Villagers are the inhabitants of Belle's town. There are some featured solos and lines that will come from this ensemble (Bookseller, Baker, etc.). The group must provide vocal power throughout the show and dance in the production numbers, so be sure to cast performers with a wide base of ability.