BEAUTY AND THE BEAST Principal Auditions

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, Principal Auditions announced!

Seeking: Equity (AEA) and Non-Equity, Twin Cities LOCAL (must live or have housing and transportation within 50 miles of St. Paul, MN).

9 Principal Roles: See character descriptions on p. 2-3.


The Ordway is committed to diversity and engages in a policy of equal employment opportunity designed to promote a positive model of inclusion. Performers of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, gender identities, sexual orientations, ages, and performers with disabilities are encouraged to audition.


Please submit a video performing a brief song in the style of the show or choose one of the following songs from the show based on the character you are auditioning for.

Sheet music and piano tracks for these songs provided in the following dropbox:

* If auditioning for the role of COGSWORTH, or WARDROBE please prepare "Human Again" for that character in addition to "No Matter What."


Video submissions, headshots and resumes should be uploaded to the following secure dropbox:


Audition Notes

All performers who have questions or other accommodations in order to fully participate in auditions are encouraged to reach out to For more information about access at the Ordway visit:

Video submissions will only be used for the purpose of casting and will only be viewed by the following personnel:

Rod Kaats – Ordway Producing Artistic Director

Michael Heitzman – Director

Robbie Robie - Choreographer

Darryl Archibald – Music Director

Rachel Murch-D’Olimpio – Ordway General Manager



Beauty and the Beast will be produced under the COST agreement. AEA minimum is $1,125 per week.

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST dates                                                                                                                          

First Preview - December 6, 2022

Opening Night - December 9, 2022

Closing - January 1, 2023

Studio Rehearsals - November 1-23, 2022

Tech Rehearsals- November 25 - December 4, 2022


About the Director, Michael Heitzman: ORDWAY: 42nd Street; Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago: 42nd Street (Jeff Award nominee, Best Director) Beauty and the Beast: McCoy/Rigby Entertainment, Newsies, Big River and Legally Blonde: Broadway Sacramento at Music Circus, Beauty and the Beast, SHREK and Disney's The Little Mermaid: North Shore Music Theater (IRNE Award nominee, Best Director), VICES (Jeff Award nominee, Best Director).  

About the Choreographer, Robbie Roby: ORDWAY: Debut. Choreography Credits: Broadway Backwards (New Amsterdam Theatre; NYC), Sister Act (2020 Tour), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Tuacahn Center for the Arts, La Mirada Theatre, Pittsburgh CLO), Shrek (Walnut Street Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (The 5th Avenue Theatre), Hairspray (Sugar Loaf PAC), and Little Shop of Horrors (Sacramento Music Circus). 

Available Roles and Character Descriptions

BELLE- A vibrant, intelligent girl with beauty, who wants more out of the life than an ordinary existence. She is optimistic, fun-loving, caring, and eager to experience life.

Female, 20-25 yrs old. Contemporary soprano with strong mix/belt.

Range: E3 - F5

BEAST- A Prince transformed into a terrifying beast for his lack of compassion. He is hot-tempered and commanding, but has a warm, loving heart buried far beneath his gruff exterior. Male, 25-40 yrs old. Tall and physically imposing.

Range: A2 – F4

GASTON- The egotistical, ultra-masculine, villain determined to marry Belle. He is manipulative yet can also be charming and earnest.  Must be physically imposing.

Male, 25-40 yrs old. Must move/dance well. 

Range: A2 - E4

LEFOU- Gaston’s bumbling sidekick. He is loyal, energetic, and optimistic, but not quite the brightest guy. Physical humor/prat falls as must for this role. Tumbling/acrobatics a plus.

Male, 25-35 yrs old. Must be able to move/dance.

Range: B2 - F#4

MAURICE- Belle’s loving, eccentric father. A child at heart and inventor in his own world.

Male, 55-65 yrs old

Range: Bb2 – Db4

COGSWORTH- A tightly-wound, enchanted mantle clock and the head of the Beast’s household. He is uptight, strict, and punctual but also hard-working, faithful, and thorough.

Male, 40-55 yrs old

Range: A2 - E4

BABETTE- A saucy, enchanted feather-duster, and the object of Lumiere's affections. She is the playful, gorgeous, seductive French maid.

Female, 25-35 yrs old. Must move well/dance.

Range: C4 - F5

MADAME DE LA GRANDE BOUCHE- A former opera diva-turned-enchanted wardrobe. She has a caring, refined, larger than life personality.

Female, 40-55 yrs old

Operatic Soprano. Range: C#4 - D5

MONSIEUR D'ARQUE- The scheming proprietor of the local insane asylum. He is a dark, sinister villain who aides Gaston in his plot to marry Belle.

Male, 35-55 yrs old

Range: D3 - A4



Step into the enchanted world of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast this holiday season.

Nominated for nine Tony Awards, this family favorite title based on the Academy Award-winning animated film and the classic French fairy tale, ran 13 years on Broadway and continues to thrill audiences in 37 countries worldwide. 

Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice.

Book by Linda Woolverton.




Contact information

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Rachel Murch-D'Olimpio
Web site

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