Maurice in Beauty and the Beast

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Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#0
Posted: 1/24/06 at 11:46pm
Just got cast as this part and i'm so f---ing pissed. I hate old men parts and his song is lame. The character is unmemorable in comparison and has no "meat" (no fun songs like Be Our Guest - nothing!) I am so pissed..

Any advice? Is there a new way I could try the part?
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#1
Posted: 1/24/06 at 11:56pm
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#2
Posted: 1/25/06 at 1:01am
suck it up wuss.
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#3
Posted: 1/25/06 at 1:02am
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#4
Posted: 1/25/06 at 1:08am
lmao old men parts with unmemorable songs. Hope you find some way to make it memorable, otherwise- I cut it here as to not offend anyone
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#5
Posted: 1/25/06 at 7:36am
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#6
Posted: 1/25/06 at 7:46am
Stop fishing for sympathy. Think of those who didn't get cast. By bumping your own "woe is me" thread you just look pathetic. If you hate the part that much quit and let someone who acctually wants to be in the show have the part.
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#7
Posted: 1/25/06 at 8:23am
"Puddles doesn't even sing! Puddles is a stupid mime part!"
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#8
Posted: 1/25/06 at 10:01am
I, myself, was just cast in the same role. Was I happy about it? Not particularly. But I see it as two things - you can either be bored, sad, dissapointed, and drop out, or you can choose to make your Maurice the most interesting, loveable, memorable part of the show. His song is not THAT boring - make it interesting. Form a good relationship with the lady who's playing your Belle. Enjoy that time on stage with her. If you make a connection, and really put your heart into it, it won't be so boring and unmemorable. Now get over it, be glad you got cast, and go play Maurice!

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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#9
Posted: 1/25/06 at 4:11pm

Is there any other way of playing the role? Something new?
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#10
Posted: 1/25/06 at 4:22pm
Anyone remember the late Paul Lynde and how fantastic he was as the father in Bye Bye Birdie? To get an idea, rent the movie Bye Bye Birdie and take a look. That's an example of how someone with a unique personality can make a part his own. I'm sure a lot of you out there are too young to remember him.
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#11
Posted: 1/25/06 at 4:28pm
I little egotistical, are we?

Its still a decent part. My friend Ty was just cast as Maurice when he really should have gotten Gaston and he's okay with it.
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#12
Posted: 1/25/06 at 4:31pm
My suggestion is that if you are that disappointed and "pissed" then drop out and let someone who would be thrilled to be in the show have the role.
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#13
Posted: 1/25/06 at 4:34pm
Due to the circumstances, dropping out is not an option
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#14
Posted: 1/25/06 at 4:37pm
Maybe you should research doing something new on your own.

Sure we could type out some ideas, but do some intense character work and find out more about Maurice...what do YOU have to offer the role? It's cliche, but make it your own.
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#15
Posted: 1/25/06 at 4:46pm
I need your suggestions...

Anyone else agree this part is unmemorable?
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#16
Posted: 1/25/06 at 4:48pm
The one time I saw it Maurice was a real stand out. He was great and I honestly couldn't tell you much about many of the other character. It's what you make of it. I agree. Suck it up.
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#17
Posted: 1/25/06 at 4:50pm
Yeah but it's almost embarassing when people ask you what part you are. There are no Maurice dolls or action figures like Lumiere or Cogsworth. THEY are memorable.

Plus, I spend soooooooooo much time off stage... I hate that... I want to be in fun, memorable things like Be Our Guest and Human Again.
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#18
Posted: 1/25/06 at 4:57pm
Keep in mind Tom Bosley originated the role on stage, so it's not a throwaway part. Ok so it's not my favorite role either. A different way to play it would be to play it straight and not make him seem eccentric and absent-minded but in control and levelheaded and serious. Just my two cents.
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#19
Posted: 1/25/06 at 4:58pm
I was also recently cast in the same show as a wolf! Be happy you actually get to sing a song and have lines. Sure they're not memorable or fun, but there are other parts who aren't in anything fun either. I'll be onstage for a total of 3 minutes. Suck it up, get over yourself, and be happy you have a part!
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#20
Posted: 1/25/06 at 4:58pm
Wow. You really are very unappreciative. Who CARES if there is no action figure. You can't be embarassed by a role. You have to own it.
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#21
Posted: 1/25/06 at 5:04pm
if you keep up this crappy attitude the director might just cut your song all together. and if you're off stage a lot, think of all the "trouble" you could get into with fellow cast members and crew.....mmmm
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#22
Posted: 1/25/06 at 5:32pm
Are you kidding me? Is this Mary Sunshine's Preschool production or something? I mean really, how old are you? 4?

"Jimmy got the part of the beast, and Sally got Belle, I'm just Maurice" *stomps off to the corner drinking a juicy juice*
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#23
Posted: 1/25/06 at 5:34pm
"Trouble"?

Okay.. Name one person who would actually want that part. Honestly.
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re: Maurice in Beauty and the Beast#24
Posted: 1/25/06 at 5:40pm
Wow you didn't deserve any role. An awful attitude will get you absolutely NO WHERE in this business. Sometimes your the lead, sometimes your supporting and sometimes your in the ensemble. You accept that and move the hell on and make the role stand out on your own. Put the energy your using to be whiney into making the role the best it can be.
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