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Hi! I'm new-ish here (joined like... a LONG time ago and just came back haha)

anyway, I'm wondering about the age range for Belle? All the productions I've seen on Youtube, the Belle's seen like they're all in their mid-20's.

I'm 16 (17 in less than a month), and just found out a local theater company will be doing BatB in Oct/Nov. I've wanted to play Belle (second to annie. haha) my whole life, and once I passed the age of Annie, this has been my dream role. Is it at all possible? I can look older or younger than my age, all depending on wardrobe, hair and makeup.

ALSO, if I'm not too young, I have a good while to prepare, what are good audition songs and monologues?


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As long as you can sing it. As long as you can act it. 16 is fine.

I've always thought "Astonishing" from Little Women would make a good bell song, but it doesn't really show of soprano range. There's also a song in Disney's Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular that Jasmine sings, which is basically identical to "Home". I have no idea where one would get the music to that, though.


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I'm 15 and I'm playing Belle so I don't think it will be a problem at all.

For the song, maybe something Disney but make sure it's not too well known or overdone.

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hmmm. ok
I'm not familiar with "astonishing", and my soprano range is really the best part of my voice. :)
and what Disney songs aren't overdone? :lol:


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OOH! what about "Stranger to the Rain" from Children of Eden?
it has the same theme of giving up something for someone you love, not to mention a beautiful soprano part.


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I was seventeen. I sang Simple from Nine. Of course I took it out of context but it's a good range and very caring lyrics.

And Jo March is wayyyy different than Belle. That and Astonishing is overdone.

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Overdone doesn't matter if you can rock the song. For less overdone Disney, you may want to additionally look at the songs added to Little Mermaid... Maybe Jane in Tarzan? I don't know the music so I couldn't say.


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If I can, I would prefer to stay away from Disney. Yes, she is a disney "princess" or whatever, but I think the staged version brings so much more to her character, and I want to portray that.


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Well, what are some songs you have in your rep? I'm sure we could save you from learning something new all together.


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honestly very little.

"Stranger to the Rain" from Children of Eden
"I'm Not that Girl" from Wicked
"Melody Within" from Rigoletto (the movie)
"Let Me In" from aforementioned movie
"There's a Fine, Fine Line" from Avenue Q
"Far from the Home I Love" from Fiddler on the Roof


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Of those, I would pick "Far from the Home I Love"... it has been suggested by others on this site as a good Belle audition song. Personally, I would sing from the show if the directors want it (you can always ask what they prefer) or a disney song like "Just Around the Riverbend", but I understand your wanting to stay away from Disney. I'm sure they are going to hear 21 renditions of "Reflection" from Mulan. ;)
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Belle the character is probably eighteen or so. In an adult production, they're more likely to cast a twenty-something than anything else, but sixteen is certainly not too young to play it, and you should be taken seriously as long as you can give a competitive audition. Just know that they might be looking to cast an older Belle.

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