Cast Members keep Disney's Candlelight sounding great
Cast Members keep Disney's Candlelight sounding great by Mark Eades
Members of the Disney Employee Choir form the "Living Christmas Tree" during the dress rehearsal of Disneyland's Candlelight Ceremony.
"Living Christmas Tree" that is the centerpiece of Disneyland's Candlelight Ceremony, you might recognize some of the singers as someone who might have been your Jungle Cruise skipper. That's because the tree is made up entirely of members of the Disney Employee Choir, and has been so since 1982.
"The cast choir provides a stable choral sound as well as exemplary commitment to the show," said Nancy Sulahian, the show's conductor.
Employees from Disney's West Coast operations go through an audition process. Once selected, they attend at least six regional rehearsals as well as a full rehearsal with all 390 volunteer singers from throughout the company. Finally, the group sings at a dress rehearsal, which took place Thursday night.
The sopranos, altos, tenors and basses find different songs hardest to sing.
"The song I thought was toughest to learn was 'Sing Noel," said Kathy Rossi, a soprano and 33-year employee who has been in the choir that entire time.
"We have to make sure we come in at the right time along with the other parts and make it sound seamlessly together as one," he said.
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