Friday, October 31, 2014

The Princess Diaries with...Raina Helen Fraley

Name: Raina Helen Fraley

Education: I have a B.F.A. in musical theater from Syracuse University.

Hometown: I'm originally from Houston, Texas

Tell us about Royal Fables: Royal Fables to me, is the alternative princess stories to the traditional fables we love and grew up with, set to a folk/rock score. We reveal many of the darker moments that occur in these stories. The cast and creative team has has also created a world in which all these traditional fairytale princesses intersect and intertwine. For example my character, Snow White, has several scenes with Sleepy Beauty, and we've justified that choice by explaining that Snow White and Sleeping Beauty are hiding out in the same forest (me with dwarves, she with fairies) and have crossed paths while hiding out there.

Describe Royal Fables in three worlds: Heightened reality, whimsical, and boozy

Who do you play in Royal Fables: Snow White

Describe your character in three words: Survivor, spunky, and hopeful

True love is _____?: Like tunnel vision

The best thing about playing a princess is ____?: Being able to talk to animals.

Who is your celebrity prince charming is?: Joseph Gordon Levitt!

If you could be any fairy tale princess who would you be?: If I could play any fairytale princess, while growing up I'd have said Ariel (The Little Mermaid) for sure. I love the water and collected everything Ariel as a kid. Now I'd probably say Princess Kate (even though she is still a duchess), because her outfits are the bomb!

Which company member is most likely to be an actual princess?: Sarah (who plays The Little Mermaid) actually looks like a Disney princess I think! So she'd be my choice for sure.

What would be the most played song on your princess’ iPod?: The most played song on the ipod of our version of Snow White: would probably be "Nights in White Satin" by the Moody Blues, or "A Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum.

What is your favorite moment of Royal Fables?: I have a few favorite moments from Royal Fables. I love 'Royal Shuffle' from Cinderella's ball scene, but I also like a key moment during my song when we reveal how Snow and Sleep are homies.