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Auditions Open for Live Oak’s “Beauty and the Beast”

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It has been called a tale as old as time–and when it comes to the legend known as “Beauty and the Beast,” they ain’t lyin’! Indeed, this popular fairy tale originates from a 1740 short story by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve.

The 30th Anniversary Production of Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” the Musical North American tour, is set to commence in the summer of 2025. At Live Oak Theatre, the main stage musical production of “Beauty and the Beast” will be performed November 8-10, 15-17, and 22-24, 2024. At this time, open public auditions are being conducted at the theatre, thus giving everyone the prime opportunity to be a part of the ongoing theatrical tradition.

Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT) is a not-for-profit 501 (C) (3) repertory company of local artists. The Company exists to enrich families, individuals, and the community as a whole by providing positive artistic experiences in the Performing Arts—including excellent, affordable, and edifying family-friendly entertainment, performance, and educational opportunities for Theatre patrons and participants of all ages. All performances take place at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, Florida 34601.

“Everyone interested in auditioning for the Live Oak production of “Beauty and the Beast” must email their video auditions to [email protected] by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, July 20th,” said theatre spokesperson Vince Vanni.

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“Beauty and the Beast” is the story of an arrogant prince cursed to live as a hideous monster, redeemed and restored through the love of a brilliant young woman.

“Everyone interested in being considered for the show must record a video of them performing monologue/scenes and a song that we have outlined!” said Vanni. “Print the Live Oak Theatre audition form here (Click Here to print the Live Oak Theatre Audition Form), fill it out and bring it with you if you get called back, along with your headshot and resume…Only one monologue and song submission is required per person. If you are interested in being considered for other roles, please note that in your email. Do not make additional submissions for other characters. You have time; please ensure the video you submit is the one you want the panel to see.”

The public is invited to audition for many characters in this “Beauty and the Beast” production, recording the lines and songs found at http://www.liveoaktheatre.org/gallery.

“Please upload your audition as an unlisted YouTube video with your name and song/monologue in the name. You can submit your audition as one video OR separate videos for the song and monologue/scenes!” said Vanni.

Sing the role of the Beast as he performs “If I Can’t Love Her,” Belle as she sings “Home,” Lumiere as he sings “Be Our Guest,” etc.

“Auditioners can state their name, age, and role(s) they’re interested in being considered for at the beginning of the video. Please record auditions in front of a solid color background,” said Vanni. “If you have any questions, please email [email protected].”

The 1991 Disney animated feature Beauty and the Beast won two Oscars, while a 2017 live-action musical variation on Beauty from Disney starred superstars Emma Watson and Dan Stevens and earned much acclaim. The first filmed adaptations of Beauty and the Beast debuted in 1903 and 1913, and the tale as old as time also inspired a TV series, cartoons and fiction books.

The “Beauty and the Beast” callback date is Saturday, August 17th.

Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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