Stephanie Craven was 9 years old when she discovered “Beauty and the Beast.” As a child, she would cry to her mother about not being blonde-haired and blue-eyed to fit the princess standard. After seeing that Belle was a brown-haired book-loving girl like her, Craven was immediately captivated.
“Belle was almost like a new breed of princess where it wasn’t like she fell in love at first sight. She found someone’s soul and fell in love with that,” Craven said.
Now, as a senior in Syracuse University’s Department of Drama, Craven is living her childhood dream. In the Syracuse Stage/SU Drama co-production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” Craven plays Belle, an ordinary girl-turned-princess, alongside fellow SU students and professional actors.
The show opened on Friday, Nov. 22 and will run until Jan 5, 2020. A production for all ages, “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” tells the classic story of a prince transformed into a beast after a curse is cast on his entire castle. The other members of the castle are turned into inanimate objects, symbolizing a loss of humanity. In order to break the spell, Beast must learn how to love and be loved.
Donna Drake, director of the production, said she …read more
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