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Tale as Old as Time

by Carly on March 20, 2017

in In Saint Louis

As a huge Disney freak, words cannot describe how excited I’ve been in anticipation of the live-action Beauty and the Beast being released. And it’s finally here! I remember hearing about this movie in the works of couple years ago. Especially in the last few months, it has been everywhere in the news. From interviews with the stars, to various trailers, and to music videos being released, I feel like I was reading something new about it every day practically.

Because I am such a huge Disney fan, and because this was my favorite cartoon movie growing up, I am going to send this week’s blog talking about this blockbuster movie. But don’t worry; I won’t give any spoilers away. Although, it’s probably safe to say you already know the story. 😉

Overall, I thought this movie was beautifully made. I like that it truly stuck to the original cartoon version. With the exception of a couple minor plot twists, the look of the characters, the songs, and progression of the story was very similar to the one we grew up with. Any expectations I had were exceeded. In addition, the imagery in this film was absolutely breathtaking. Everything from the view of the castle, to the ornate costumes, and visuals of the snowy woods, it was all a wonderful sight to see. And then there’s one of the most iconic scenes of all time: when Belle and the Beast have their first dance in the ballroom, with her yellow gown and his blue suit. As Mrs. Potts sang “Beauty and the Beast” and this scene was playing before me, I can guarantee you I was giddier than the numerous children sitting in the row next to me. Beautiful!

And speaking of children, the kids in this theater were troopers! I completely understand that you want to take kids to see this movie; I mean, come on, it’s Princess Belle! However, there were quite a few scary elements throughout the film. I never realized how many scary and life-threatening scenes there were until I saw it in live-action. For one, of course the beast is a bit frightening at first, before you see his soft side. Also, there are a couple occasions where characters are fighting off deadly wolves. Plus, Gaston isn’t referred to as a “bad guy” for no reason (although I must say, the actor that plays him is quite a charmer; but shame on you, Gaston!). But there are still many magical moments that kids and adults alike can enjoy. Who could not love little Chip?!

So, there’s my brief two cents on the film. I have just been so excited to see it; I could not wait another day. You don’t have to rush out the first weekend like me, but I hope you get a chance to go soon! I love a good-hearted story that makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Trust me, you will not be disappointed by this tale as old as time.

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The Fabulous Fox

by Alumni Posts on November 5, 2013

in In Saint Louis

Last night, I had the opportunity to visit one of St. Louis/ most beautiful historical landmarks—the Fabulous Fox Theater!  The Fox is an old theater located near Saint Louis University.  It opened for its first show in 1929.   Now, the Fox hosts plays, musicals, and concerts year-round.  Fontbonne sold tickets to see Beauty and the Beast for last night’s evening showing, and I was privileged to attend.

The play was well done.  Its storyline was similar to the Disney movie version, but with added details and musical numbers.  The cast sounded exactly like the Disney singers! (I was greatly impressed by this)  The show included elements that the children in the crowd enjoyed, but also had humor for adults, so it appealed to all ages.  Which was good, because there was a wide range of ages in the crowd—including some adorable little girls wearing princess dresses.  If only I was young enough to wear princess costumes out in public!

I am always awed by the architecture inside the Fox Theater.  Each room is ornate; carved ceilings, chandeliers, and antique furniture make you feel like you stepped into a past era.  Even the bathrooms are stunning (think sitting rooms with posh chairs and lounges, but with flat screen TVs so you never miss a minute of the show).  Although I have visited a few times now, I am still impressed by how gorgeous the Fox is.  And, of course, the shows are good, too!  I highly recommend visiting the Fox as soon as possible!

Here are some upcoming shows you might want to see:

Rain:  A Tribute to the Beatles    November 15-16

Straight No Chaser                          December 15

Elf the Musical                                   December 17-29

West Side Story                                 January 3-5

Have a good weekend!

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Hello, dear readers! You may have realized that I’ve been on a blogging hiatus for almost two weeks. That’s because I was on vacation with my family in Orlando, Florida. While there, we went to three Disney World theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and – my favorite! – EPCOT), and we also went to both of the Universal Orlando parks. It was a great time despite a bit of rain from their first tropical storm of the season. Let’s just say that “Sunny Florida” isn’t always sunny. But all in all, we had a great trip. We experienced a lot of great theme park shows like “Beetle Juice’s Graveyard Review” at Universal and “Beauty and the Beast Live Onstage” at Hollywood Studios. Plus, we rode a lot of really fun rides and saw a lot of great attractions. We even tried two new (as in “new to us”) attractions for the first time – “Toy Story Mania” at Hollywood Studios and “Twister – Ride It Out!” at Universal Studios. Both attractions were really fun and innovative. “Twister” was so realistic that I felt like I was back at home in good ol’ Tornado Alley!

About halfway through our vacation, I randomly recalled that poster that hangs in the Kinkel Center. It says, “Everything I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.” Maybe it was the Disney Magic, or maybe it was my once-upon-a-time-an-author-to-be mind racing yet again, but I came up with my own version of this poster. It’s called “Everything I Need to Know I Learned from Disney.” Enjoy, and be enlightened.

1. “What do you do when life gets you down? Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…”

2. “There’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow shining at the end of every day…”

3. “It’s a small world after all…”

4. (Based on one of my all-time favorite EPCOT attractions, “Ellen’s Energy Adventure” starring Ellen Degeneres and Bill Nye the Science Guy): Brain power “is the one source of power that will never run out.”

5. “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

Vacation was a blast, and I got to spend a lot of time with my family. However, I’m excited to return to the lab, and I need to start preparing for the GRE. While looking forward, I’ll definitely look back on this and other great vacations I’ve had thus far in life.

And now, enjoy some of my favorite vacation pics. (Sorry – I just can’t resist!)


At my favorite park, EPCOT, with my mom.


Once a tiger, always a tiger. If you don’t understand this little inside joke of mine, read my previous blog, “What’s YOUR Animal?!


Waiting for my favorite theme park show to start….


Grad school, here I come!!

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