Walt Disney World Cast Member Choir Encore! Raises Record $36K for Local Make-A-Wish

Encore! Cast Member Choir and Orchestra. Photo courtesy Walt Disney World ResortTaking to the stage for charitable good, the Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra hit an all-time high recently by raising $36,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida. The volunteer ensemble of nearly 500 Disney Cast Members put in more than 47,000 hours to produce Dream Our Dreams, A Musical Tribute to the Legacy of Disney. Proceeds from the August 6-8 shows hosted at Epcot World ShowPlace were given to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Northern Florida this week.

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Walt Disney World Cast Member Choir Encore! Prepares for Make-A-Wish Benefit

Encore! Cast Members rehearse for performance © DisneyRehearsals are underway for the Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra’s summer production, Dream Our Dreams, A Musical Tribute to the Legacy of Disney. Known for staging spectacular charity concerts, the volunteer ensemble has chosen Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & Northern Florida as their 2010 beneficiary.

Encore! offers Cast Members an outlet for their creativity and a chance to showcase their talents while performing great music for worthy causes. The troupe, founded in 2002, has grown to include roughly 330 singers, 100 instrumentalists, 50 dancers and a production team of 40. Encore! producer Bruce Light says at least half of the group has jobs outside of entertainment and aren’t performers by trade. For all involved, it’s a labor of love.

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WDW Cast Members’ Encore! Raises Record $35,000 for United Arts

The Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra, a volunteer ensemble of nearly 300 Disney Cast Members, recently raised a record $35,000 for United Arts of Central Florida.ORLANDO, Fla., July 29, 2009 – Making music for charity’s sake, the Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra, a volunteer ensemble of nearly 300 Disney Cast Members, struck a high note by raising a record $35,000 for United Arts of Central Florida.

“On behalf of Encore!, we are grateful to everyone who came out to support our concerts and help us raise a record level of funds for United Arts,” said Encore! producer and co-founder Ray Fournier. “We are thrilled to be giving them a $35,000 donation and know it will go to good use in support of many arts organizations in Central Florida who are struggling in these economic times.”

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Disney Cast Members Perform Charity Concerts for United Arts

Photo © DisneyORLANDO, Fla., July 24, 2009 – Hoping to strike solid gold for charity’s sake, the Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra – a volunteer ensemble of nearly 300 talented Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members – is performing songs by The Beatles, Queen, Elton John and ABBA to support the local arts community.

“Revolution! – A Musical Flashback to the ‘60s and ‘70s,” is a spectacular journey of classic pop and rock songs that is leaving audiences feeling groovy. Tickets for the July 24-25 concerts at Epcot World ShowPlace are still available for sale through www.encorecentral.org and www.UnitedArts.cc. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

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Cast Members’ Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra to Perform Benefit for United Arts at Epcot July 23-25

RevolutionEncore! Cast Choir and Orchestra – a volunteer ensemble of nearly 300 talented Disney Cast Members – is currently in rehearsals for their next production, “Revolution! – A Musical Flashback to the 60′s and 70′s.” Known for staging spectacular charity concerts, Encore! has chosen United Arts of Central Florida as the beneficiary of their performances for the second year in a row. United Arts is a collaborative partnership of businesses, government, foundations, arts and cultural organizations, school districts, artists and individuals that work to enhance the quality and variety of cultural experiences available in Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties.

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