Working for a world-class entertainment company has its benefits, and a chance to perform in the Night of Stars Talent Competition is surely one of them. Twice each year, students participating in a program on the East Coast are invited to showcase their abilities at open auditions. From these auditions, roughly twenty acts are selected to participate in the show, which takes place at a variety of venues, like the Premiere Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios and House of Blues Orlando.
Boasting full production, lights, sound, the Disney Ambassadors and a “full house”, Night of Stars is an evening to remember for performers and spectators alike. Talent is divided into four categories: vocal, dance, instrumental and specialty act, and while it’s not always an even division, typically each category features five acts. An all-star judges panel, featuring Disney executives and leaders from the Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Talent Casting team, scores each act on qualities like relevancy, crowd appeal and preparedness, to determine who will take home top honors.
Since auditions for this semester’s show are right around the corner, let’s unpack the audition process. Here are a few words of wisdom to consider, for those interested in trying out for the show:
- Be mindful of the audition parameters. Acts must be three-and-a-half minutes or less, and your audition material must match what you plan to perform in the show. (In other words, changes cannot be made to your act post-audition.) Auditions are timed and video-taped, so be sure to keep these guidelines in mind.
- Keep it classy. If your song, rap or stand-up comedy routine has some “colorful” material, consider making creative changes to keep it family-friendly. Foul language, revealing dance moves and immodest costumes are things to avoid.
- Consider your audience. I love musical theater tunes, for example, but I wouldn’t suggest auditioning with a power ballad from Phantom of the Opera. Choose a selection that’s unique and suits you, but also one that will engage the audience and help them feel included. This is a talent show, and your act should be entertaining!
- Practice, practice, practice. You may be a great improviser, but don’t wait until your audition to choreograph your routine or work out your strumming pattern. Build credibility by presenting a polished product.
- Exhibit excitement; not diva-like tendencies. During the audition experience, it’s crucial to treat everyone, including your fellow auditionees, with kindness and respect. Humble confidence is what we’re looking for, not divas.
- Give your best. Auditions can spark a wide-range of emotions, but don’t forget to insert the fun factor! We want to see an authentic performance that best represents you, and we want you to enjoy the experience.
Auditions will be held on Sept. 22, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m., Sept. 23, 8 a.m.-noon, and Sept. 24, 9-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m., in The Commons Clubroom. Walk-ins will be accepted, on a first-come, first-served basis, or you may also schedule an appointment by calling the Disney Internships and Programs Service Center.
Best of luck to those of you who’ll be auditioning – I’ll be sure to follow-up with share-worthy details for this semester’s show in the coming weeks.
Sara, Disney Internships & Programs Housing