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Auditions set Sept. 10 in Pequot Lakes for 'Disney's Beauty and the Beast'

Auditions for the Pequot Lakes Community Theatre (PLCT) production of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 9 and 10, in the Pequot Lakes High School (PLHS) auditorium.

Auditions for the Pequot Lakes Community Theatre (PLCT) production of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 9 and 10, in the Pequot Lakes High School (PLHS) auditorium.

"Disney's Beauty and the Beast," directed by Lauren Nickisch and choreographed by Amy Borash, will run Nov. 13-22 with a seven-performance run in the PLHS auditorium. Rehearsals will begin Sept. 21 and will take place weeknights from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

All cast roles in the production are open. The cast is an ensemble of 12 named characters plus a large chorus. Actors age 8 and older who like to sing and dance are encouraged to audition. Actors age 8-14 need to be accompanied at the audition by an adult who is also interested in being involved with the show.

Actors will be asked to learn and perform a short song from the show, a short dance sequence and to read from the script. If they wish, actors may also bring a previously prepared song with recorded or sheet music accompaniment to further showcase their abilities. Shoes and clothing appropriate for movement should be worn.

Those who would like to volunteer their help behind the scenes can sign up at auditions or contact Pequot Lakes Community Education at 218-568-9200 or www.glapa.info .

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Roles include:

• Belle, a plucky young woman from a provincial town.

• Maurice, an inventor and Belle's father.

• Gaston, a pompous and dim-witted "ladies man."

• LeFou, a dim-witted lackey to Gaston.

• Monsier D'Arque, proprietor of the lunatic asylum.

• Cogsworth, an English major-domo of the castle who is becoming a clock.

• Lumiere, a French maître d' who is becoming a candelabra.

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• Babette, a maid who is becoming a feather duster.

• Mrs. Potts, a cook who is becoming a teapot.

• Chip, Mrs. Pott's son who is becoming a teacup.

• Madame De La Grande Bouche, an opera singer who is becoming a wardrobe.

• The Beast, master of the castle who used to be a prince.

• Old Beggar Woman.

• Young Man.

• Townspeople as Silly Girls, Bookseller, Gaston's Cronies, Aristocratic Lady, etc.

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• Servants of the castle, including Flatware, Napkins, Caryatids.

"Disney's Beauty and the Beast," with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice and book by Linda Woolverton, tells a "tale as old as time" about Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress.

If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

"Disney's Beauty and the Beast" is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

The PLCT production of "Disney's Beauty and the Beast" is sponsored by Essentia Health. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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