Plays at Fantasy Faire “Royal Theatre” set to open
A new area at Disneyland known as Fantasy Faire will officially open for guests on March 12. One of the highlights will be the Royal Theatre, where guests will be treated to two shows relating the tales of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Tangled,” as told by a pair of “Renaissance storytellers”, Mr Smythe and Mr Jones. Smythe and Jones are men of the theatre and lovers of legend and lore. The storytellers will present the hair-raising tale of Rapunzel with the assistance of “fellow villagers” to musical accompaniment.
“We’re using our imaginations to create these stories,” says Chris Utley, the show’s director. “The storytellers will play a variety of roles, filling in as the other characters. They may put on a costume to pretend to be the Beast or Gaston or Mother Gothel.”
The stories are told in a “fast-paced, whimsical kind of way – very fun and theatrical,” he added. “It’s kind of a Renaissance vaudeville style, and the two guys are reminiscent of the old comedy duos of […] Abbott & Costello and Laurel & Hardy. They tell their stories with a lot of humour and heart.”
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