Script

Audition Central: Disney's Beauty and the Beast JR.

Script: Cogsworth

SIDE 1

(MAURICE proceeds cautiously, looking around. Two figuresappear in the shadows. MONSIEUR LUMIERE, a candelabra, is a charming, very French mâitre d'. COGSWORTH, a mantle clock, is an officious English major-domo. They stand side-byside, motionless but whispering as MAURICE wanders past.)

COGSWORTH
What? Who is that?

LUMIERE
He must have lost his way in the woods.

MAURICE
(ventures further into the castle)
Is anyone home?

COGSWORTH
If we keep quiet, maybe he'll go away.

MAURICE
(hears something, moves to investigate)
I don't mean to intrude, but I'm lost and need a place to stay for the night.

LUMIERE
Poor fellow.
(pauses, weighs options)
Oh, Cogsworth, have a heart.
(steps out, to MAURICE)
Monsieur, you are welcome here!

MAURICE
(startled, jumps back)
Ah!

COGSWORTH
And good-bye!
(COGSWORTH pushes MAURICE toward the door.)

MAURICE
Wait... wait... wait! You're a clock!
(pokes and prods Cogsworth curiously)
And you're talking!

COGSWORTH
Really sir... hee-hee... stop it, I say!

MAURICE
(stops poking and scratches his head)
I don't mean to be rude. It's just that I've never seen a... aaaachooo!

LUMIERE
You're chilled to the bone, Monsieur.
(leads MAURICE to a large chair)
Come... warm yourself by the fire.

COGSWORTH
Not the Master's chair! I'm not seeing this. I'm not seeing this!

(BABETTE, a feather duster, enters.)

BABETTE
Oooh la la... what have we here? Do my eyes deceive me or is this a man?

MAURICE
(embarrassed)
Oh! Well! Hello!

COGSWORTH
All right! This has gone far enough!

SIDE 2

COGSWORTH
I am Cogsworth, head of the household. And this is Lumiere...

LUMIERE
(kisses BELLE's hand)
Enchanté, Mademoiselle.

COGSWORTH
If there is anything we can do to make your stay more comfortable. Anything... anything at all!

BELLE
I am a little hungry.

COGSWORTH
Except that.

MRS. POTTS
Cogsworth!

COGSWORTH
Well, you heard what the Master said!

MRS. POTTS
Oh, pish tosh! I'm not about to let the poor child go hungry!

COGSWORTH
Fine. Glass of water, crust of bread and then

LUMIERE
Cogsworth! She's not a prisoner, she's our guest! We must make her feel welcome here!

COGSWORTH
All right, dinner. But keep it down! If the Master finds out, it'll be our necks!

LUMIERE
Of course... of course! But what is dinner without a little music?

COGSWORTH
Music?