SESSION III: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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SESSION III: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

Music by ALAN MENKEN

Lyrics by HOWARD ASHMAN & TIM RICE

Book by LINDA WOOLVERTON

Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth

Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions

January 24, 2022  - Pre-Registration Open

January 27, 2022  - General Registration Open

Camp Dates:

Grades:

Entering grades 9th-recently graduated 12th

7/18-8/5 10am-4:00pm

Tuition:

$2,400

Suggested tax-deductible contribution $200/week per camper*

PVTC’s summer camps inspire creativity, create connections, and spark lifelong passion for the arts. Campers explore acting and theatre design in a supportive, fun, challenging environment that is full of laughter and imagination.

IMPORTANT LINKS

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Script pick up Monday, April 4th 5-7pm

  • New parent meeting Monday, April 4th from 6-7pm

  • Optional Audition Workshop Saturday, April 9 from 10-11:30am

  • Video auditions & audition forms due one week after registration

  • Callbacks Saturday, April 30 from 2-5pm

  • Casting announced by Friday, May 13th

  • Performances Wednesday, August 3rd at 7pm and Thursday, August 4th at 2pm and 7pm

  • Final day of camp Friday, August 5th from 10am-3pm

ABOUT PVTC’s Production of  Beauty and the Beast 

PVTC is thrilled to tell this “tale as old as time” this summer as we enter into the magical, but sometimes dark, world of self-discovery. We are particularly interested in exploring what it means to be an outcast in society and how staying true to ourselves brings hope, joy, and transformation to those around us. We are looking to cast this beloved story in inclusive and non-traditional ways, so we encourage actors to think outside the box when planning their auditions. Get ready for wonderful costumes, fantastic dancing, bright characters, and maybe even some delicious French pastries along the way!


Synopsis

Once upon a time in a faraway land, an Enchantress turns a selfish and spoiled young Prince into a hideous beast. To break the spell, the Beast must learn to love another and earn their love in return before the last petal falls from an enchanted rose. If he cannot, he will be doomed to remain a beast for all time.


Meanwhile, Belle, a young woman in a provincial French village, arises to greet the morning. The villagers bustle about their daily business as Belle makes her way through the town, engrossed in a book. While the villagers gossip about how odd they find her introversion and love of reading, the boorish Gaston plots to marry her solely on account of her looks ("Belle").


Belle arrives home to find her father, Maurice, struggling to stabilize his newest invention. Belle confides in him her worries that people think she is odd. Maurice reassures her, and once he finally fixes his machine, sets off to showcase his brilliant work at the fair. Soon, however, Maurice loses his way in the woods and encounters a pack of wolves ("Maurice Travels"). Fleeing for his safety, Maurice stumbles upon a castle and pleads for shelter. Once inside, he encounters the enchanted staff - Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts, Chip, and Babette - who were also transformed by the Enchantress's spell. After Maurice's initial shock, they try to make him feel comfortable, but the Beast appears and imprisons the intruder.


Back in the village, Gaston proposes to Belle ("Me"), much to the dismay of the twittering Filles de la Ville. Belle refuses him and expresses her longing for adventure outside the mundanity of village life ("Belle - Reprise"). Belle notices Lefou wearing her father's scarf which he says he found in the woods. Concerned for her father, she runs off in search of Maurice.


As the castle staff transforms more completely into objects each day, Lumiere and Cogsworth lose hope that the spell will ever be broken; however, their hope returns when Belle enters the castle in search of her father. Belle finds Maurice in the dungeon, but the Beast appears and prevents their escape. She offers herself in exchange for Maurice's freedom; the Beast agrees, sending Maurice back to the village and Belle to her new room where she reflects on her choice ("Home"). Mrs. Potts and the enchanted wardrobe, Madame de la Grande Bouche, encourage Belle not to lose hope ("Home - Reprise").


At the village tavern, Gaston mopes about his rejection while his cronies try to boost his spirits ("Gaston"). When Maurice barges in claiming that a monstrous beast is holding Belle captive, Gaston devises a plan to trick Belle into marrying him ("Gaston - Reprise").


Meanwhile, the castle staff tries to teach the Beast to act like a gentleman, but when Belle refuses to join him for dinner, he loses his temper ("How Long Must This Go On?").


Meanwhile, the enchanted staff serves a hungry Belle an extravagant meal, despite their master's orders ("Be Our Guest"). Afterward, Cogsworth and Lumiere lead Belle on a tour of the castle, but when Belle sneaks into the west wing, the Beast discovers her and once again loses his temper. A frightened Belle flees the castle, leaving the Beast alone with his remorse ("If I Can't Love Her").


Act Two

As Belle dashes through the forest, a pack of wolves advances on her, but the Beast leaps in and saves her. Having a change of heart, Belle accompanies the Beast back to the castle and tends to his wounded arm. The staff - as well as Belle and the Beast - notice that there is a change between them ("Something There"). Belle and the Beast bond, giving the staff hope that the spell soon might be broken ("Human Again"). Belle asks the Beast to have dinner with her, and the two share a wonderful evening that concludes with a dance ("Beauty and the Beast").


Despite her feelings for the Beast, Belle longs to see her father. Using the Beast's magic mirror, Belle sees that Maurice is in trouble, and the Beast lets her go in order for her to save her father from Gaston and a frightened and angry mob. Though the Beast has finally learned to love, he fears he has lost his final chance to regain his humanity before the last rose petal falls ("If I Can't Love Her - Reprise").


Belle finds her father in the woods and, upon returning to the village, confesses that the Beast has changed the way she sees the world ("A Change in Me"). Gaston, accompanied by Monsieur D'Arque, the asylum proprietor, arrives with plans to send Maurice to the asylum if Belle refuses his marriage proposal. To prove her father's words are true, Belle uses the Beast's magic mirror to show him to the villagers. Jealous of Belle's kind words for such a "monster," Gaston emboldens the villagers to set off on a quest to storm the castle and kill the Beast, while Belle vows to return to the castle to warn him ("The Mob Song").


Once he's infiltrated the castle, Gaston confronts the Beast in the west wing and stabs him before stumbling and falling off the turret to his death. Belle arrives and holds the dying Beast in her arms, telling him that she loves him ("Home - Reprise"), thereby breaking the spell. The Beast transforms back into the Prince, the staff becomes human again, and they all live happily ever after ("Transformation/Finale").


PERFORMANCES

The final performance will be shared in person, with masked audiences indoors. Ticket info and specifics to come.


CAMP ROTATIONS

Rehearsal, vocal rehearsal, choreography, stage combat, acting class, costumes, props, sets, hair, makeup, inclusivity in theatre discussions.


CASTING THE SHOW

We want to see what each actor brings to the table! Our team of directors and designers will use your auditions to craft the world of Beauty and the Beast with the goal of offering a fun and challenging program specifically for the group of students who sign up. There will be two parts to auditions:

  1. A pre-recorded video audition, due with audition forms within one week of enrolling in camp

  2. An in-person callback at PVTC on Saturday, April 30th between 10am-5pm

PREPARING YOUR PRE-RECORDED VIDEO AUDITION

We want you to have fun with this pre-recorded audition video! Each actor is asked to submit a video that includes:

  • An introduction: Tell us your name, age, and pronouns (if you’d like). You should also include the name of your monologue and the title of your song in your slate (introduction).

  • A monologue: For your audition, we ask that you prepare a character monologue that is no longer than 90 seconds. We encourage you to have fun making vocal and physical choices to show off a character. Have fun with it!

  • A vocal audition: We ask that actors prepare no more than a minute of a song from ANOTHER musical (no pop music please). Please use a second device for your karaoke backing track. Please make sure the volume on your accompaniment track is turned down and that there isn’t another person singing. We want to hear YOUR voice.

WHAT TO EXPECT AT CALLBACKS - Saturday 4/30 between 10am-5pm

In-person callbacks are a fun opportunity to meet your fellow cast members, work with your director, and take a stab at acting scenes from the show. Callbacks will start with theatre warm-ups and games. Students will learn simple choreography from the show. Students interested in speaking and solo roles will also have the opportunity to sing music from Beauty and the Beast and read sides (short scenes) from the script. Music and sides will be provided before callbacks so students can prepare.

*Weekly Charitable Contribution Request -Support Teaching Artists & Scholarship Students:

We request families who are able to contribute an additional $200/week per camper.

Tuition does not cover all camp-related expenses. These valuable tax-deductible donations allow PVTC to offer a livable wage to the teaching artists who pour their energy and passion into campers. Returning families will know the importance of the connection between PVTC staff members and students/interns who form positive lasting relationships through the years. Teaching artists are committed to developing artists and individuals and give extra care to each student to inspire and guide them. They are the heart of PVTC. Help us support these artists in the incredible work they do.

 

Further, PVTC is committed to offering programming to all students regardless of financial need. Tax-deductible contributions ensure we can keep theatre accessible.

 

Learn more about what tuition and your generous donations cover HERE 

REFUND POLICY

PVTC recognizes that families may be cautious to sign up for summer programming given the unknowns of the times. Some families may be comfortable only with an online camp experience while others may want to participate only in-person. In an effort to be flexible with families’ needs, PVTC has updated our refund policy for 2021 as follows:​​

  • If you plan to participate in camp no matter what, you can pay in full or choose a payment plan at the time of registration.

  • If you are waiting to learn which platform PVTC will be using for camp this year, the process is as follows:

    • A $100 non-refundable deposit holds your place in camp at the time of registration.

    • On April 23rd 2021 PVTC will announce the location of camps (online, in-person, or hybrid).

    • By April 30th families will need to state their intent to participate in camp. 

    • On April 30th 50% of tuition payment is due. 

    • On May 28th the remaining tuition balance is due. 

    • Families needing a more flexible payment plan please contact info@pvtc-ca.org, We are happy to work with you!

  • REFUNDS

    • $100 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. 

    • 25% of of tuition is non-refundable after April 30th.

    • 50% of tuition is non-refundable after May 14th.

    • No refunds will be offered after May 28th.