The Phipps Children's Theater will hold auditions for area students entering grades 7-9 for "Sleeping Beauty and the Beast," by Wade Bradford, on Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 12 and 13, 6-8:30 p.m. at The Phipps Center for the Arts.

Actors may schedule an audition time by going to Callbacks will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15, 6-8 p.m., if necessary.

"Sleeping Beauty and the Beast" is a comedy that follows the quest of the bumbling, but good-hearted Prince Charmless as he attempts with all his might to save Princess Rose from the Wicked Faerie and her sleep-induced curse. Along the way, Prince Charmless meets and befriends an adventurous Puss 'n' Boots, a snarling Snow White, the helpful Headless Horseman, and a very lonely Beast. "Sleeping Beauty and the Beast" turns fairytales upside down and the result is big laughs and a big adventure in a kingdom far, far away.

Those auditioning will read from the script and perform some movement in a group. The director says, "This should be a fun, worry-free audition process." Actors should wear clothes and footwear that allow them to move freely. Those auditioning should also bring a list of all conflicts they may have during the rehearsal period.

There will be a $40 performance fee for each cast member due at the first rehearsal/parents meeting. Scholarships are available if needed.

Rehearsals will be held every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 6-8:30 p.m., starting

Aug. 19. There will also be a few Saturday and/or Sunday afternoon rehearsals. There will be no rehearsal on Labor Day weekend. Rehearsal times will be extended during the week prior to opening.

The show runs Oct. 4-13 on Fridays at 7 p.m., Saturdays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.

Director Tami Provencher is currently the theater director at Lake Middle School in Woodbury. She has staged several children's theater productions at The Phipps, including "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "The Snow White Variety Show" this summer.

For more information, contact The Phipps Center at 715-386-2305.