Candlelight is an annual tradition
at Disney themeparks. The Disney
cast member honor choir makes
a human Christmas Tree in the
center of the assembled choir.
We have been lucky enough to get
a few questions answered and comments
from a member of this year's choir.
Geek: Who can be
a member of the choir?
CM:You must be an employee,
either from the Disneyland Resort,
the studios in Burbank, or ABC.
Geek: What is the
process the choir goes through?
CM: Rehearsals start in September
and we meet once a week. There are
two rehearsal sites....one for Studio
based employees in Burbank and one
for Disneyland based employees in
Anaheim. The 3rd week of rehearsals
are auditions. It is a very simple,
painless process just to let the choir
director hear you to make sure you
can carry a tune. Usually almost everyone
makes it into the tree because I believe
there are a total of 110 spots....55
spots for each evening and each employee
only participates in one evening.
Anyone who does not make the tree
are alternates/fill-ins and usually
everyone gets to participate in at
least one show. Everyone has to meet
the requirements of rehearsal attendance,
which includes at least 8 of the 10
weekly rehearsals, a regional rehearsal
and dress rehearsal. If you do not
meet the rehearsal requirements, you
cannot participate in the tree but
you can participate in the finale
of Halleluiah Chorus
Geek: What is it like to
perform in the show?
CM: As far as the actual performance,
it is a great experience. It is VERY
hot on stage with the lights and the
fact that we are so packed in and
there are choir members that will
pass out. We are warned to wear very
light clothing under our robes, to
eat, to drink plenty of fluids and
NOT to lock our knees.
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