Artful Living Celebrates 11 Years of Community Theater

Playwrights for Tomorrow

High School students from around the Nutmeg state present staged readings of their original short plays at The Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center in Old Saybrook on April 29, 4:00 pm. These plays were chosen by a panel of CT theater professionals. The playwrights have collaborated with directors on the staging and will each receive an educational scholarship for their efforts. Lend your support and empower CT youth to pursue artistic expression and give voice to relevant issues for their tomorrows by attending on April 29. Tickets $15.00.
www.katharinehepburntheater.org/events-tickets/ Box Office: 860-510-0453


Artful Living is proud to announce auditions for our 2018 Summer Musical, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!

Be swept into the romantic fairy tale of the Beast who could only be saved by love in this lavish musical! Can a Beast learn to love and be loved? A spectacular show…musical theater at its best!

With unforgettable songs such as "Be Our Guest" and "Beauty and the Beast," this fairy tale sensation is pure joy for the entire family.

Great Roles for BOTH adults and children! Show dates are July 27-29 with performances held at HK Middle School. We rehearse approximately three times a week with little commitment needed from children until the school year ends in June. We do ask you to be involved with a nominal fee for the bits and pieces for your costume and to sell a few ads for our program. Make memories and friendships of a lifetime!

Auditions are as follows:

  • Monday May 14
    Children (ages 8 - 13) 6:00 – 7:00 pm
    Adult Roles (ages 14 and up) 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Tuesday May 15
    Children (ages 8 - 13) 6:00 – 7:00 pm
    Adult Roles (ages 14 and up) 7:00 – 9:00 pm
  • Wednesday May 23
    Full Cast Who’s Who/Music 6:00 -8:30 pm
  • Some special notes about auditions:
    • There is no need to schedule an appointment. The process should move quickly.
    • If multiple members of the same family who are different ages would like to audition, you may certainly come together. There is no need to come multiple times based on ages. Just let us know when you sign in.
    • Adults: Please prepare 16 measures, ballad or up-tempo from a Broadway musical. Please bring marked sheet music. An accompanist will be provided.
    • Children: Be prepared to sing in small groups. There is no need to bring prepared songs. Children will be taught a section from “Be Our Guest” at the audition. If interested in auditioning for Chip, a song should be prepared. Chip’s role is written for an unchanged voice.
    • If you would like to be involved in any aspect of production preparation and feel you have a desire to volunteer some time to help with costumes, audition week or any other aspects of the production, please Producer/Director, Chris Solimene at chris@ArtfulLivingCT.com

    Character Breakdown:

    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.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 20’s
    Vocal range top: F5
    Vocal range bottom: E3

    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.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 30-40’s
    Vocal range top: F4
    Vocal range bottom: A2

    Gaston
    The egotistical, ultra-masculine villain determined to marry Belle. He is manipulative yet charming and earnest.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 30-40’s
    Vocal range top: E4
    Vocal range bottom: A2

    Lefou
    Gaston's bumbling sidekick. He is loyal, energetic, and optimistic, but not quite the brightest guy.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 20-40’s
    Vocal range top: F#4
    Vocal range bottom: B2

    Maurice
    Belle's loving, eccentric father. A child at heart and inventor in his own world.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 55+
    Vocal range top: Db4
    Vocal range bottom: Bb2

    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.
    Gender: Male
    Age: Ideally 40 to 55
    Vocal range top: E4
    Vocal range bottom: A2

    Mrs. Potts
    A warm-hearted, maternal enchanted teapot. She is loyal, caring, and playful.
    Gender: Female
    Age: Ideally 45 to 55
    Vocal range top: G5
    Vocal range bottom: F#3

    Lumiere
    A suave, debonair enchanted candelabra. He is a loyal and steadfast servant.
    Gender: Male
    Age: Ideally 20’s to 45
    Vocal range top: F#4
    Vocal range bottom: F#2

    Chip
    An enchanted teacup and Mrs. Potts' darling little boy. He is innocent, playful, and bright-eyed.
    Gender: Male
    Age: Ideally 8 to 11
    Vocal range top: F5
    Vocal range bottom: A3

    Babette
    A saucy, enchanted feather-duster, and the object of Lumiere's affections. She is the playful, gorgeous, seductive French maid.
    Gender: Female
    Age: Ideally 20’s to 35
    Vocal range top: F5
    Vocal range bottom: C4

    Madame De La Grande Bouche
    A former opera diva-turned-enchanted wardrobe. She has a caring, refined, larger than life personality.
    Gender: Female
    Age: Ideally 40 to 55
    Vocal range top: 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.
    Gender: Male
    Age: Ideally 30-50’s
    Vocal range top: A4
    Vocal range bottom: D3

    Ensemble
    DancingWolves; Silly Girls; Enchanted Castle Objects; Townspeople; Tavern Dancers

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