Community Performance Series to Hold Auditions for ‘Beauty and the Beast’

04.25.12

CPS seeks actors for summer musical production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Auditions will be held this weekend, on April 27 and 28 at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.
CPS seeks actors for summer musical production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Auditions will be held this weekend, on April 27 and 28 at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

Auditions for the Community Performance Series summer musical, Disney's “Beauty and the Beast,” will be held this weekend, on April 27 and 28, at SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.

CPS is seeking male and female singers, actors and dancers ages 15 and up for principal and ensemble roles for the musical production, as well as a male or female child, from 7 to 11 years old, for the role of Chip.

Auditions will be offered this Friday, April 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. for the adult roles and on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for the child role of Chip.

Callbacks will be held on Saturday, April 28 from 2 to 8 p.m. All sessions will take place at The Crane School of Music, in Bishop Hall Room C107. Community members can enter through the Sara M. Snell Music Theater lobby and follow the signs to the auditions.

Those auditioning are asked to prepare 16 bars of a music theatre song that showcases their voice. An accompanist will be provided, but sheet music must be in the preferred key, as there will be no on-site transposition. Those auditioning are also asked to provide a recent photo to be kept by CPS for the casting process.

Auditions can be scheduled by appointment, but walk-ins are welcome! Appointments can be made by phone at (315) 267-2980 or by e-mailing disneysbatb@gmail.com. For more information about the roles available, please visit www.cpspotsdam.org.

The “Beauty and the Beast” rehearsals will start in June and performances will run Tuesday, July 31 to Saturday, Aug. 4 in Snell Theater at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music.

The stage version of Disney's “Beauty and the Beast” is based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature and includes all of the wonderful songs written by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Menken and Tim Rice.

Tickets for this production will go on sale for Producer’s Club members on April 16 and be available for the general public on June 20. For more information on joining the Producer’s Club, please call (315) 267-2412.

The CPS production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program, administered in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties by the St. Lawrence County Arts Council.

The Community Performance Series is a college-community partnership presenting world-class performing artists and arts education opportunities in Northern New York. CPS has been in residence at SUNY Potsdam since 1989.

Founded in 1816, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of only three arts campuses in the entire SUNY system. SUNY Potsdam’s arts curriculum offers the full palette: music, theatre, dance, fine arts and creative writing. No matter the discipline, people from all backgrounds can find their creative compass at Potsdam, with myriad arts immersion experiences available for both campus and community.