Casting notices have gone up seeking saxophone, clarinet and percussionists with ‘energetic and outgoing personalities’ for a new entertainment experience at the Magic Kingdom. There is no indication where the performances will be held, but the theme park has recently put out casting calls for circus acts and other improv groups believed to be used as part of the New Fantasyland Expansion at the Magic Kingdom.
While the saxophone and clarinet positions are listed as being on a substitution basis, the percussion act is a full time gig and adds that familiarity with Spike Jones’ music is desired. All of the positions are described as being part of a ‘highly interactive, comedic and unique atmospheric experience [that] will bring fantasy and fun to each Guest. Each experience demands high energy and a passion for seeking out guest interaction.’
Like the circus acts, auditions for these roles are by appointment only on a limited first come, first serve basis and must be made by calling 407-397-3285.
While it survived a near-hostile takeover from ‘Toy Story,’ Disney Creative Entertainment has now set its sights on the magnificent staged production of ‘Aladdin’ at Disney California Adventure’s Hyperion Theater (albeit more magnificent when the flying carpet scene isn’t deemed a safety hazard). And that, dear readers, brings us to speculate what will follow in Aladdin, Genie and Jasmine’s footsteps.
The Disneyland Resort has announced it is casting for a show at the Hyperion Theater and is seeking to fill some roles. The sad news is that DCE has become more sensitive about leaking too many details before things get official, but that has rarely stopped us from reporting and even sometimes being right. The evidence has been stacking up in ‘Newsies’ favor well before the new items presented below, namely Disney Parks registering a trademark for ‘Newsies’ for ‘entertainment in the nature of theater productions, as we first reported nearly a year ago. Next on our side is that if there’s one thing Disney Parks knows how to do, it’s exploiting a hot property (guess they really do know what they’re going to do today!) and, People, our ‘Newsies’ satchel has runneth over with the recent news that the Broadway limited run is now open-ended and no longer a limited run and the 20th anniversary edition blu-ray is due next month.
So what’s the news with ‘Newsies’ then? The casting notices that have been issued which are seeking males who happen to dance… who happen to tap dance.. with singing and tumbling abilities a plus. In addition, DCE is looking for female dancers who are ‘strong “show girl types”‘ with tap dancing a plus. Medda Larkin, perhaps?
In any case, we can probably expect to see more news and details on the upcoming production which is likely to start by end of this year/early next year within the next month or so.
As a point of interest, though it may seem peculiar that ‘Newsies’ would run as both a production on Broadway and as a ‘Broadway-style’ production inside the theme parks, it’s far from unprecedented. Most recently, Disney Theatrical debuted a new staged musical version of Aladdin while Disney Creative Entertainment’s ran in the parks and, of course, Beauty and the Beast found a home at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in its abbreviated form while a full-blown musical ran on several years for Broadway and throughout the world in permanent installations and tours.
UPDATE #1: 6/16/12 – It’s been pointed out by a commenter that the casting notices do explicitly say the performance is set for June 13, likely to be tied to the grand re-opening (though all we know of regarding a media event is on June 14). However with ‘Aladdin’ contracts set to expire by the end of the year, it’s still a strong possibility DCE is actively seeking a replacement for the show. More as it develops.
Unless they’re rising to the Grizzly Peak challenge, it appears that when the Matterhorn at Disneyland returns from its lengthy refurb/overhaul on June 14, the alpine climbers won’t be far behind. The on-again, off-again crowd favorite in which cast members scale the mountain throughout the day, along with occasional fab five favorites, are reportedly returning according to a casting call recently placed by the Disneyland Resort.
The notice is calling for males and females, with a minimum of three years experience in ‘mountaineering, rock climbing, and rappelling. Able to comfortably lead climb traditional 5.8/5.9 routes. Good understanding of hanging belays and strong rope management skills. Good upper body strength and ability to work at substantial heights. SPRAT Certification a plus. Especially seeking Climbers with daytime availability Monday through Friday.’
It is requested that those interested and eligible send their resume to [email protected] with the subject heading of ‘Mountain Climbers.’ Selected applicants will be called in to interview on May 11, 2012. Resumes are due by May 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm PT.
UPDATE #1: 5/8/12 – the official Disney Parks blog has confirmed the report.
The Disneyland Resort has issued casting calls for an entertainment show titled ‘The Red Car News Boys’ that will be presented in the Buena Vista Street area at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort starting June 15, when the area officially opens. They will join other previously announced acts such as the Five and Dime.
The act is described as a ‘high-energy group of 1920s/30s-era paperboys [who] will take to the streets of Disney California Adventure Park as they sing and dance to authentic period tunes.’
Roles currently being cast for include:
- JOHNNY – portrays an older teen, the heart-throb leader of the pack, tenor
- KIP – portrays a young teen, Johnny’s younger brother, the ‘exaggerator,’ tenor
- FEETS CHARMING – portrays 14-17, very outgoing, strong tapper, tenor
- BRASS TACKS – portrays 14-17, gymnast, the ‘funny guy,’ tenor
- SHORTY MCGUIRE- portrays 14-17, 6′+, athletic, tenor
- SAL – female, portrays 14-17, 5′ – 5’4″, tomboy who dresses in her brother’s clothes, alto
Actors must be at least 18 years of age and be skilled in both dancing and music theatre.
For more information as well as other roles available at Disney Parks worldwide, visit DisneyAuditions.com
The Disneyland Resort issued (and subsequently removed) casting notices for a new ‘high energy group fronted by a female singer with the vocal stylings of Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. The group will play and swing to popular standards of the ’30s while interacting with park Guests.’
For the interactive band, the resort is seeking: a string bass and tuba player; a guitar and banjo player (stressing the guitar side); a drummer; a woodwind and tenor sax player with a stress on the sax; and a trumpet player.
Performances are scheduled to begin in June, presumably in the Buena Vista Street area, although it’s an assumption that it’s even for the Disney California Adventure park.
Last week, Disney Parks registered a trademark application for ‘Mad T Party,’ for an item described simply as ‘entertainment services offered in a theme park.’ This is, without much doubt, the anticipated replacement for Disney California Adventure’s ‘ElecTRONica’ night-time party spectacular as described earlier this year by MiceAge’s Al Lutz (under the ‘Mad Tea Party’ moniker).
According to Lutz, the ‘Mad T Party’ will launch in summer of 2012 and carry on into 2013 and themed towards Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. It will feature many of the elements deemed popular in ‘ElecTRONica’ and its predecessor, ‘Glow Fest,’ including live music and a unique stage show, all geared towards the new party’s Wonderland theme.
Move over Mickey, this fall, Minnie’s bringing her own dance crew to Disney California Adventure and she’s got a theme to prove it. A casting call is seeking both male and female performers to participate in a brand new show, ‘Minnie’s Fly Girls Charter Airlines,’ which is expected to begin performing in October, 2011.
The musical revue (which is likely to take place in the Golden State / Condor Flats area of the park, near Soarin’), will take passengers (or guests) on a musical trip through the 1940s-1960s in four part harmony. The comedic, and guest-interactive group will consist of three women (known collectively as ‘Minnie’s Fly Girls’) who will play the role of ‘stewardesses’ on the burgeoning airline, along with one male, known as the ‘Control Tower Operator,’ ‘an endearing “flight controller” with a sense of humor who adores “Minnie’s Fly Girls”, sings lead and back-up harmonies, interacts with Guests.’ And of course there will be appearances by Minnie Mouse herself.
Heading to Disney California Adventure late this year? Just be sure you fasten your seatbelt, your seat is in the upright position and your tray is up and pop and locked.
UPDATE #1 – 8/4/11: Auditions for the act have been canceled and details removed from Disney’s site.
New Upcoming Disney Parks Entertainment Include Show Inspired by ‘TRON Legacy,’ All-Female Improv Troupe
Disney Parks has posted notices for auditions for a couple of new upcoming productions at the domestic Disney theme parks in the wake of the recent announcement of the Disney Channel Rocks! show.
At Disney California Adventure, the Disneyland Resort is preparing a new nighttime celebration in honor of TRON Legacy from Walt Disney Studios. For the show (reported working title of ElecTRONica), male and female contemporary and hip-hop dancers are being seeked out to perform on stages outside in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot and main entrance areas. Experience with martial arts is considered a plus.
Meanwhile, over at Epcot, Disney Parks is looking to form a new comedic all-female improv troupe complete with accordionist. The unnamed show is described as a ‘highly interactive, comedic, and mostly non verbal show’ and ‘demands high energy, great physical improvisation and a passion for guest involvement.’ As a plus, a ‘fun, good natured sense of all things Italian may be helpful!’
No clues provided on where the new show might take place (cough).
La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil announced today that an incredible new act featuring world-renowned juggler Anthony Gatto will be added permanently to the 90-minute spectacle at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort beginning Feb. 5, 2010.
Anthony Gatto comes to La Nouba from the tour of KOOZA by Cirque du Soleil and holds 11 world records in juggling. In the nine-minute act, Gatto juggles balls, hoops and clubs in unprecedented numbers at amazing speed with seemingly impossible accuracy.
Gatto joins the ranks of professional athletes, dancers, vocalists, musicians and comedic performers in the cast of 67 artists in the incredibly creative and dynamic gem La Nouba.
“Anthony is a true showman and we are pleased to have him join the dedicated and talented cast of La Nouba. The juggling act is fast-paced and will add to the energy on stage,” said Neil Boyd, company manager. “This act is an amazing new addition for our fans that come to see the show year after year.”
Time magazine calls Gatto, “simply the best juggler ever.”
The new act is entitled “cinq-a-sept” which means “five-to-seven,” generally known as “happy hour.” This fits well with the meaning of La Nouba – “to party” or “live it up.”
This new act replaces the chair balancing act in the show.
Florida residents can purchase tickets at 30 percent off of the regular price of Category 2 seats for shows from Feb. 2 through March 27. Discounted tickets are $58.85 for adults and $47.77 for children (ages 3 – 9). Tickets are available by calling 407/939-7328, in person at the box office located at the plaza level of the theater, or by logging on to cirquedusoleil.com/lanouba. For discounted group reservations of 12 or more, call 866/353-5625. For more information and to receive news alerts and priority sale details, visit facebook.com/lanouba.
Innovative Entertainment Technology Drives ‘World of Color’ – the Next Milestone in Expansion of Disney’s California Adventure
ANAHEIM, Calif. (July 16, 2009) – Elaborate preparation is underway for “World of Color,” the spectacular nighttime water show that will astound guests with its magnitude and creativity when it debuts in spring 2010 as the next major milestone in the expansion of Disney’s California Adventure park. Surpassing all Disney water productions, “World of Color” will bring Disney animation to life with powerful fountains that become stars of the show as they create the world’s largest projected water screen.
For months now, guests at Disney’s California Adventure have been peering into the lagoon near Paradise Pier as Walt Disney Imagineering and Creative Entertainment have installed the massive infrastructure and innovative technology that will create the stage for this extraordinary combination of music, animation and stunning water effects. Teams of Disney workers have built nearly an acre of superstructure to support the complex “World of Color” production.
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