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School Choir Gets Surprise of a Lifetime During Disney Performing Arts Workshop

For a performer, there’s nothing like getting to practice your craft at Disneyland Resort or Walt Disney World Resort. That experience was even more special this week for the Decatur Central High School Choir from Indianapolis. Cast members from the national touring production of “The Lion King” made a surprise appearance for the school group, which was participating in a Disney Performing Arts workshop. This magic moment gave the students a chance to learn real-life career insights from veterans of Broadway and national tours.

The Indianapolis choir participated in the two-hour Disney’s Show Choir Magic workshop, which lets students experience what it’s like to rehearse for a Disney production. The program explores vocal and movement techniques for stage performance and teaches students choreography to accompany a vocal score that they prepared in advance.

Our Youth Programs team created a magic moment for the Indianapolis choir where they were able to perform their number in front of a Disney creative team. And, you guessed it, that team was made up of the four Lion King cast members – Nick Cordileone, who plays Timon, and ensemble dancers Electra Weston, Paul Sadler and Amyia Burrell. Amyia, by the way, began her professional journey as a Walt Disney World Entertainment cast member!

Check out the video of this exciting magical moment:

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  • Very cool! I still vivdly remember participating in a Disney choral workshop at Disneyland around 10 years ago. It was an amazing experience in itself, can’t imagine the thrill of getting to work with actual cast members from the show!

  • It is always a good thing when we inspire and encourage our Children of Tomorrow. Disney Team ROCKS! (Sidenote: Taking my family to Disneyland in 2 weeks!) 😉

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