By Angie Roberts Harris
The Fairy Godmother waves her magic wand and the spirit of Christmas explodes in a twinkling winter wonderland setting! Since 1958, the Disney ‘Candlelight Processional’ has been telling the inspirational story of Christmas. Celebrity guest narrators share the greatest story ever told while surrounded by an array of student choirs and the Voices of Liberty accompanied by a fifty-piece, world class Disney Orchestra. The candles held by the cast during the performance add a beautiful touch.
This dramatic holiday spectacular is held three times per night during the holiday season in the World Showcase at Epcot in Orlando, Florida. The open-air American Gardens Theatre sits on the banks of the World Showcase Lagoon near the American Pavilion.
Celebrity guest narrators tell the story of Christmas each year with visitors from around the world. The 2016 lineup currently includes Steven Curtis Chapman, Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg, Meredith Vieira, Joe Morton, and Cal Ripkin Jr. Narrators are subject to change.
The Candlelight Processional is part of ‘Holidays Around the World’ which celebrates the traditions of eleven countries with live musical performances, seasonal culinary treats and beverages, and holiday merchandise. Student groups across the country apply for the privilege of performing in this prestigious event.
Who can apply?
All choirs 9th grade or higher can audition to be a part of the grand celebration! To apply, submit a copy of ‘O Holy Night’ from the production piece and a non-returnable DVD of a recent performance. Your group will be evaluated on interpretation and execution of music, showmanship and stage presence, accompanists, and overall show value.
When is rehearsal?
You will receive the show music 6-8 weeks before your appearance and a pre-performance rehearsal will be arranged with a guest conductor and professional Disney singers.
What about costumes?
Students are required to furnish full-length black dress pants (no jeans), a plain white shirt (no turtlenecks), black socks, and closed-toe black shoes (no sandals, flip-flops, or athletic shoes). Hair must be one solid natural color and make up must be modest. Jewelry is not allowed. Disney will provide robes and collars to wear during the show.
What’s for supper?
Disney will supply a boxed meal and beverage on the evening of the performance. During the rest of your stay on park, Disney Meal Cards may be purchased as part of your package. This allows each student the freedom of eating when and where according to their own preferences.
Is there time to play?
Absolutely! Your students will have the opportunity to experience the park as Disney cast members and also enjoy awesome hospitality as Disney guests. They will receive two one-day, one-park tickets to the Walt Disney World Theme Parks.
The Disney Experience.
Performing alongside the high caliber Disney orchestra and crew exposes your students to the extremely professional standards of Disney Performing Arts OnStage. This student program encourages excelled performance, increases self-confidence, and fosters artistic discipline.
Where do we start?
Call Kaleidoscope Adventures! Kaleidoscope has been traveling across the country every year since 1993 with thousands of students. They can create customized itineraries that include transportation, overnight accommodations, meals, and amazing educational and performance opportunities.
Kaleidoscope is located in the heart of Orlando and have worked with the Disney family for decades. An experienced tour director will know every detail of your itinerary, stay with your group throughout the entire trip, and ensure a magical and wonderful experience! Kaleidoscope Adventures is synonymous with student group travel and take the time to plan every element of your exciting adventure!