Beauty and the Beast: A Faerie Tale

Play #: 8380
Pages: 67 pgs
Cast: 4 m, 9 w, 6 flexible, extras, much doubling possible

Faerie Tale, keeper of the stories of the wood, begins this classic tale, retold with a bit of an Irish twist. It’s the beloved story of a kind-hearted prince, cursed to live as a beast, and the girl who comes to love him. Due to the scheming by the family business manager, a devoted father believes he and his three daughters are destitute and move to a rundown cottage. They are unaware that the land is under an enchantment until Father encounters the Beast nearby. For having picked a rose from the Beast’s garden, Father is forced to make a promise to return. One daughter, Keala, decides to go in his place, and over the following weeks, befriends the lonely Beast. With some help from the good faeries, they are able to overcome the evil Faerie Una and find a friendship that transcends every boundary and a love that breaks every curse.

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Productions

THEATRE GROUP 2 Performance(s)
GALETON, PA 11/9/2018
COBLESKILL-RICHMONDVILLE SCHOO 2 Performance(s)
COBLESKILL, NY 11/2/2018
LASALLE HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
SAINT IGNACE , MI 4/20/2018
REMSEN HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
REMSEN, NY 3/9/2018
OCONTO HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
OCONTO, WI 3/2/2018
MARBURY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
DEATSVILLE, AL 5/5/2017
WILLIAMSVILLE NORTH DRAMA CLUB 1 Performance(s)
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY 11/19/2016
WILLIAMSVILLE NORTH DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
WILLIAMSVILLE, NY 11/18/2016
STAR DRAMATIC CO 6 Performance(s)
WILLOW SPRINGS, MO 6/10/2016
CRESWELL HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CRESWELL, OR 2/19/2015
LEE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SANFORD, NC 5/10/2013
KINGSLEY HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
KINGSLEY, MI 3/1/2013
ST. MICHAEL HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
BATON ROUGE, LA 11/16/2012
STRATHMORE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
PORTERVILLE, CA 10/30/2012
GRACE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
RALEIGH, NC 10/12/2012
EASTERN HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
SARDINIA, OH 4/15/2012
HILL COUNTRY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
AUSTIN, TX 5/13/2011
HILL COUNTRY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
AUSTIN, TX 5/13/2011
MARY G. MONTGOMERY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
SEMMES, AL 5/1/2011
INLET VIEW ELEMENTARY 1 Performance(s)
ANCHORAGE, AK 2/18/2011
CARLISLE HIGH DRAMA CLUB 2 Performance(s)
CARLISLE, OH 4/16/2010
RAWLINS COUNTY JUNIOR/SENIOR H 2 Performance(s)
ATWOOD, KS 11/24/2009

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT KRISTI CUNNINGHAM TALKS ABOUT

“BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: A FAERIETALE”

 

Q: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

A: I think my favorite lines come from the character FaeriebTale. “Welcome to the Enchanted Wood, from the smell of ye, I kin tell ye’ve not been here before.” And later, “Bless my soul but I smell the want of a story in ye.” I love the idea that, as the narrator, the character isn’t just all knowing, but that he/she can smell things in the air. For me, it is this sense of smell that provides the unspoken dialogue from the audience making them a part of the story and enveloping them in the fantasy atmosphere. As for my favorite part? Being a die-hard romantic, I love the scene where Beast and Keala meet for the first time. He is hidden in the shadows, and then he steps into the light, she faints, and he catches her in his arms. There is something very fortuitous and romantic about that moment.

 

Q: WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART IN CREATING THIS ADAPTATION?

A: Everything. At first I was excited at the prospect of putting my twist on this classic tale, but as I was reading all of the stories I could find, (almost every culture has a Beauty and the Beast tale) I found that most of them were little more than a few facts and a moral. They were one or two paragraphs at the most, so it was up to me to create a back story, a reason and motivation for the characters. And although the story has been told many times, I found it extremely difficult to create on paper what I saw in my head. I knew I wanted it to have an Irish feel and I knew there needed to be faeries, but creating a well-developed storyline and characters in a timely manner proved incredibly difficult. The whole process was quite painful, but after a little over a year, I finally finished the play. As a result of the blood, sweat, and tears, I’m a little more sensitive about this script and I hold it very close to my heart.

 

Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE THROUGH THIS ADAPTATION?

A: My goal was to create a freshness, if you will, to the story while retaining a classic feel along with a great sense of fun, romance, and adventure. I wanted to create memorable characters that haven’t been seen before in other adaptations or stories and make them come alive and seem as though they had been there the whole time. It also seemed important to create a beast who was never a beast in the beginning. For me, he needed to be someone with a kind heart and a sense of fairness and integrity, which makes his imprisonment in a beast’s body all the more tragic.