FSU School of Theatre puts the ‘beauty’ in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

Florida State University’s School of Theatre will present a “tale as old as time” with its production of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast beginning Thursday, Feb. 16 through Sunday, Feb. 26.

Based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast tells the classic fairy tale of Belle, played by Katerina McCrimmon, a young French maiden who doesn’t feel as if she belongs, and the Beast, a prince trapped in the body of a monster by the spell of an enchantress. In order for the Beast to become “human again,” he must learn what it means to love and be loved before the last petal on the rose falls.

Costume design is an integral part of putting on this production, and many hours of hard work from a team dedicated artists have been invested to make it a success.

Third-year MFA costume designer Rainy Edwards is putting the “beauty” in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast with her delightful costume designs. The traditionally patterned and constructed costumes are progressing with the help of many hardworking students.

The costumes are being created by seven current MFA costume students plus a number of dedicated undergraduates under the supervision of Martha Cooper and Sarah Jahnke (’15), the school’s new Costume Shop Manager. There are also many unique “costume crafts,” such as forks, knives and spoons, being created in the temporary Costume Annex. These beautiful pieces include large items such as the wardrobe and teapot characters, as well as numerous smaller items being produced under the direction of Colleen Muscha, director of the MFA Costume Design Program.

In addition to Jahnke, there are six MFA costume alumni assisting in the costuming of this large production: Min Jae Kim (’16), Joshua Winchester (’15), Victoria Carrot (’14), Julia Bradley (’12), Christina Marullo (’12) and Michael Johns (’06).

Show times are:

Thursday, Feb. 16 – Friday, Feb. 17, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2 p.m., 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19, 2 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 21 – Friday, Feb. 24, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2 p.m., 8 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 26, 2 p.m.

Tickets may be purchased online through the Fine Arts Ticket Office at https://tickets.fsu.edu/online/.