Auditions For CAU Production Of “Beauty & The Beast Jr.” Planned For This Week

ELIZABETH — The CAU Community Players will launch their 2013 season with open auditions for this year’s performance of Disney’s musical “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” beginning Saturday, Jan. 12, preceded by a general information meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in Elizabeth. Both the open auditions and informational meeting are open to the public, in addition to members and staff of Community Access Unlimited.

Tuesday’s hour-long information meeting will be held at 88 West Grand Street, Elizabeth. Learn about the auditions, show, rehearsals and performance schedule. Meet the director and horeography and cast members from the 2012 production of “Seussical Jr.”

Auditions will take place at 88 West Grand Street, Elizabeth on the following dates and times:

  • * Saturday, Jan. 12
    • 10 a.m.-noon – Children
    • 1-3 p.m. – Teens and Adults
  • * Tuesday, Jan. 15
    • 6:30-8:30 p.m. – All ages
  • * Wednesday, Jan. 16
    • 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Callbacks

Those auditioning should prepare a song from “Beauty and the Beast Jr.” or a song that style.

Community Access Unlimited is a nonprofit serving people with disabilities and at-risk youth, providing housing and life skills support. The CAU Community Players is a collaboration between CAU members and staff and the public to jointly stage an annual theatrical performance. Last year amateur actors from seven communities and three counties joined with CAU members and staff to stage “Seussical Jr.” at Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield, the first such joint production in Union County.

This year the CAU Community Players will put on “Beauty and the Beast” and are inviting new participants to join in the production. Open roles include: the Beast; the Beauty, Belle; supporting characters, such as Gaston, Belle’s father, Maurice, and Mrs. Potts, a cook who has become a teapot; villagers, silly girls, servants and wolves; and narrators.

“The CAU Community Players and the productions we stage are wonderful opportunities for our members to interact and collaborate with the community of which they are a part,” said Alyson Monaco, CAU’s community integration coordinator. “It also is an ideal chance for members of the community, including children and young adults, to interact with people with disabilities and to perform side by side with them, a wonderful learning experience.”

For more information about auditions or to learn about volunteering behind the scenes, visit or contact Alyson Monaco at or 1-908-354-3040, ext. 216.

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