Ukulele-playing, poem reciting, Irish step-dancing and a loop pedal guitar act all graced the stage, as part of the spring 2014 Night of Stars Talent Competition. Featuring wildly-talented Disney Internships and Programs participants from across the U.S., New Zealand, Japan, Australia and Spain. The red carpet affair was a diverse display of singers, dancers, instrumentalists and specialty acts.
Preparations for the show start about two months prior, with an audition. This semester, nearly 100 acts auditioned, and 23 acts were selected to perform in the show. Between auditions and show day, lots of planning, venue logistics, design-work, video production and decision-making takes place, to ensure a seamless and memorable production. Then, on show day, performers arrive at 8 a.m., to undergo a series of technical and dress rehearsals, leading up to the big night itself.
2013/2014 Walt Disney World Ambassadors, Tye Arnold and Rich Tamayo, hosted the evening. They were joined by streetmophere actress and crowd-favorite Luscious Breen. Lining the judge’s panel, were, high-level Disney executives and entertainment managers. Also, programs participants came out in droves to support the all-star line-up.
Here’s a glimpse at who took home top honors:
Best Vocalist: Natalina V.
Performing a show tune from Wicked, this Buckeye-bred songbird impressed the crowd with her spunk and vocal range. Natalina is a part of the Walt Disney World Entertainment team.
Best Instrumentalist: Sandra P.
Charming and sweet sums Sandra up, and her feel-good ukulele tune sparked smiles and top-tapping. Sandra calls Texas home, and works as part of the Magic Kingdom attractions team.
Best Dancer: Forrest R.
Adding his smooth moves and quirky personality to the Avicii cut of “Miami 82”, this Michigander knows how to work a crowd. He’s no stranger to performing either; here at Disney, he supports the Walt Disney World Entertainment team.
Best Specialty Act: Elaine D.
Joining us all the way from Hawai’i, Elaine shared a clever and heartfelt original poem titled “Be Your Disney Hero”. Elaine supports the food and beverage team at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.
Best Overall: Antony T.
Brimming with soulful scat-talent, Antony wowed with his gorgeous rendition of the James Brown standard, “It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World”. Antony is from Australia, and he works on the Walt Disney World Entertainment team.
Congratulations to all of our gifted performers – it was so exciting to see you shine! We can’t wait to see what incredible things you’ll do next. Regardless, we’re forever fans.
Sara, Disney Internships & Programs Housing