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Auditions for BEAUTY AND THE BEAST have concluded -- see you in May!

Updated: Feb 1

Tokyo International Players (TIP) is proud to announce auditions for

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by Laurence Boswell, directed by Karen Pauley



Please note that this is not the Disney version of the show!


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by Laurence Boswell

A magical re-telling of the story of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, first performed in this version by the Royal Shakespeare Company. When Beauty's father hears that his long-lost ship packed with pearls has landed safely in harbor, he sets out on a long, difficult journey to claim his fortune and rescue his family from poverty. But when he stumbles across a magical world belonging to a fearsome beast and picks a rose as a present for his favorite daughter, the family find themselves in a nightmarish predicament from which only Beauty can rescue them… This timeless tale of the true nature of beauty and the transformational power of love is brought to glorious life in Laurence Boswell's thrilling and inventive adaptation, which draws on the origins of the tale in French folklore and is filled with music, dance, and song.


WHAT TO PREPARE

A short (1-2 minute) comedic monologue by a classical or contemporary playwright –AND– 16-32 bars of a song in any genre that shows off your acting skills. The monologue and song should both be memorized; the song may be performed a cappella or with pre-recorded accompaniment. Choose something that shows off your personality; have fun with it! Contact the casting director if you need help choosing appropriate pieces. You will also be sent a liability waiver and general questionnaire so you can tell us about your theater/performance background and rehearsal availability.


IN-PERSON AUDITION DATES

If interested in auditioning in person, please sign up for a timeslot during one of the available audition sessions (BY APPOINTMENT ONLY):

SESSION 1: Friday, January 26th, 2024 (7pm-10pm) 

SESSION 2: Saturday, January 27th, 2024 (2pm-8pm)

SESSION 3: Sunday, January 28th, 2024 (2pm-8pm) 

SESSION 4: Monday, January 29th, 2024 (7pm-10pm)


VIDEO SUBMISSIONS

If you are unable to attend an in-person audition session, you can send a recording of your song to our casting director at the email address below. The deadline for video submissions is Sunday, January 28th, 2024 at 6pm.


CALLBACKS

IN PERSON on Sunday, February 4th, 2024 (2pm-6pm) - BY INVITATION ONLY


PERFORMANCE DATES

May 23-26, 2024 (actors must also be available for tech/dress rehearsals on May 21-22)


REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

Actors should be available for the first read-through on February 13th, 2024. Regular rehearsals will take place on weekend afternoons and weekday evenings in various locations around central Tokyo. Two or three days per week in February/March 2024 and at least three or four days per week in April/May 2024. Some early rehearsals may be held online.


NOTE: Preference may be given to actors who are available to rehearse during the Golden Week vacation period in April/May.


AUDITION VENUE

Our Space in Hatagaya (on the Keio New Line). For map and directions, please visit the Our Space website at http://www.maru-z.com/ourspace.html


CASTING BREAKDOWN

5M + 5F + 18 ANY. Some roles may entail a combination of understudy, ensemble, and/or backstage work.


COVID SAFETY MEASURES

TIP strongly encourages all actors to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.


HOW TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

Email the casting director at auditions@tokyoplayers.org with your preferred audition date (SESSION 1, 2, 3 or 4). Appointments will be scheduled in 15-minute increments over each session.


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