The Disney Candlelight Processional – Make A Joyful Noise!
What is the Disney Candlelight Processional?
The Disney Candlelight Processional is an inspirational telling of the story of Christmas since 1958. 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 Thanksgiving Day through December 30, 2020 in the World Showcase at Epcot in Orlando, Florida. The open-air America Gardens Theatre sits on the banks of the World Showcase Lagoon near the American Adventure Pavilion.
Who will be there?
Celebrity guest narrators tell the age-old story of Christmas each year with visitors from around the world. This year, the list includes Whoopi Goldberg, Gary Sinise and Neil Patrick Harris (to name a few). Narrators are subject to change. In addition to a celebrity narrator your choir will also be able to perform right next to the world famous Voices of Liberty. The Voices of Liberty are an 8-part a capella group that performs at the parks as well as around the world.
Who can apply?
All choirs 9th grade or higher can audition to be a part of the grand celebration! Deadline for application is early September . Groups are evaluated based on interpretation and execution of music, showmanship and stage presence, accompanists, and overall show value. The minimum group size for this event is 10 participants. Transportation is also not included and will need to be handled on your own or through your preferred travel company. Three chaperones at least are required to travel with the group to remain backstage during your group’s performance.
How can we apply?
To apply for Candlelight 2020 your group has to fill out this application form to Disney directly. The application includes a video of a performance less than a year old. One of the pieces in the video has to be a specific arrangement of “O Holy Night” they provide the sheet music for this. Once the video is recorded and the application submitted you will just need to wait to see if you have been accepted!
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). The robes will be provided to your group on the day of your performance as well as the candles to be held.
How can we participate?
To join in this spectacular holiday experience, click here and begin your Candlelight 2020 performance trip. Kaleidoscope is a preferred travel partner with with Walt Disney World® and have been organizing student tours for 26 years. Enter promo code “Candle20” to receive a pizza party at your school for your trip kickoff meeting.