Wednesday, March 4, 2015

‘Hunchback’ Musical Opens Today!

Paper Mill Playhouse debuts The Hunchback of Notre Dame tonight. The musical was the first Disney musical to premiere outside the US, having originally opened in Berlin, Germany in 1999. According to Playbill:

Produced in association with La Jolla Playhouse, the Paper Mill Playhouse production of Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame will feature Ciara Renée as Esmeralda, Michael Arden as Quasimodo and Patrick Page as Dom Claude Frollo. Book is by Peter Parnell, with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen SchwartzScott Schwartz directs. Performances begin March 4 with an opening date of March 15. Performances run through April 5. See show details.

Check out some of the show’s highlights in the video below:



I don’t know what you think, but it looks pretty fantastic to me! Personally, I believe The Hunchback of Notre Dame to have one of the most beautiful and chilling scores, which I’m glad was highlighted in the video. According to theatermania.com:

At each performance, 32 local choir members from the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus will serve as the onstage choral ensemble.

Let's get this show to Broadway!

Image from Playbill Tumblr

See you all real soon.

New Plot Details for 'Zootopia' Announced

A year from today, Disney’s next animated flick, Zootopia, premieres, as announced via several Disney social media websites.

In one year…#Zootopia. March 4, 2016. The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.

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This appears to be a change to original plot details given at D23 two summers ago. As taken from IMDB:

In the animal city of Zootopia, a fast-talking fox who's trying to make it big goes on the run when he's framed for a crime he didn't commit. Zootopia's top cop, a self-righteous rabbit, is hot on his tail, but when both become targets of a conspiracy, they're forced to team up and discover even natural enemies can become best friends.

Now, it appears the two have already been enlisted to work together on a case, but it could be that the new plot is simply expanding on the original details.

Either way, I can tell you I'm super excited, especially just because I love foxes so much! This movie reminds me a lot of Robin Hood, another Disney movie dear to my heart.

Image via foreverafox.tumblr.com

What are your thoughts?

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Meryl Streep Sings ‘She’ll Be Back' in Deleted Scene from 'Into the Woods'!

When Into the Woods was still under development, composer Stephen Sondheim wrote a whole new song just for Meryl Streep (as the Witch) to sing in the movie.

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Eventually, the song and scene got cut, but those who buy the Blu-ray or Digital HD will get to see it!

Whatever...wait, what?
Image from Into the Woods official Tumblr.

Disney Movies Anywhere did release a sneak peek at the deleted scene featuring the song. But as director Rob Marshall said: he, Streep, Sondheim and James Lapine all decided that the movie was stronger without the song.



My thoughts: incredible! As a huge Meryl Streep fan, of course I appreciate it just for her performance. But even more so, the way Streep brings out the subtext – the Witch’s longing and uncertainty, trying to convince herself – really blows me away. She’s an amazing actress, as always, and this scene just proves it again.

What are your thoughts?

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Oscars 2015: Disney Wins Two Awards!

Congratulations to Disney for winning two Oscars during the awards ceremony Sunday night! (Personally, I think Into the Woods and Guardians of the Galaxy were robbed, but I’m glad Disney won at least two.)

Big Hero 6, of course, took home the prize for Best Animated Feature Film – much deserved!

Image via Big Hero 6 Facebook page.

After How to Train Your Dragon 2 won the Golden Globe for the same category, I prayed Big Hero 6 wouldn't get robbed of the Oscar.

And Feast, the short film that premiered before Big Hero 6, took home the companion award for Best Animated Short. Again, well-deserved.

Image via m-magazine.com



Speaking of Big Hero 6 (for the fourth time), today you can pick up your copy on Blu-ray and DVD. I’ll definitely be getting one myself!

See you all real soon.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Disney Increases Ticket Prices Today

Disney has increased ticket prices for Walt Disney World parks, and the increase is effective today (Feb. 22, 2015). Significant is the fact that Disney is breaking the $100 ticket price barrier, which can mean a lot to some people.

From my agent, Jennifer Hardy:

Effective Sunday, February 22 it will now cost $105 plus tax for a 1-day, 1-park ticket to the Magic Kingdom. That's a $6 jump.  Disney's other three major parks: Epcot, Hollywood Studios & Animal Kingdom rise a more-modest $3 from $94 to $97. Full Price breakdown below
 
Here is a list of the new prices:
1-Day, 1-Park Magic Kingdom$105 
1-Day, 1-Park Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, & Disney's Animal Kingdom: $97  
Florida Resident Premium Annual Pass: $649
Florida Resident Annual Pass: $529 
Florida Resident Seasonal Pass$329 before tax, respectively, up from $485 and $319. 
Magic Your Way Passes: 

2-Day $192
3-Day $275
4-Day $305
5-Day $315
6-Day $325
7-Day $335
Note: the  No-Expiration option is no longer offered.
Water Park Hoppers
Mid-May - Sept $58
Other Times of year: $53 (unchanged)
All prices are pre-taxes.
What do you think of the Disney ticket increase?

Photo from my June 2014 trip to Walt Disney World.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Disney College Program Phone Interview!

On Monday, I had my phone interview for the Disney College Program. My father did a mock phone interview with me the week prior, which definitely helped me feel better about the real deal!

The best part about my DCP progress? I discovered my friend Sara  is also applying – which is really cool because I didn’t expect anyone at my college to even knew of the program! She and I would love to be roommates if we're both accepted, and hopefully she’ll appear in these vlogs.

Below, I’ve included two videos. The first shows what I used to help me prepare for the interview – please, feel free to use any of my ideas. The second is my actual phone interview, which will hopefully help you prepare for your own!





So, how did I do? I think it went really well!

The next step for me is my character audition. If I don’t make it to the audition, I’ll be considered for other roles and not for character performer. As my interviewer said, the audition is not absolute, only required if you strongly want a performing role.

Fingers crossed I’m able to make it! My friend Elizabeth lives near my audition and has offered to host my family and I.

See you all real soon.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Katy Perry and her Giant Tiger (Super Bowl XLIX)

So you may or may not be watching the Super Bowl. And you may or may not be watching it just to see Katy Perry perform during the Pepsi Halftime Show.

I’m not judging.

If you did (or even if you didn’t, because I included a video below), you may have noticed in the beginning when Katy came in riding a giant…well, I assume it’s a tiger.



Why am I bringing this up? I say: Disney, let’s get something cool like that at the Parks!

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Yes, I know Disney already utilizes giant puppetry, but not quite like this. I’m thinking Disney could incorporate Katy’s tiger puppet into the parades.

For example:

And if you don't know who these two are, you need to go and educate yourself.
Image from fanoftheworldofmouse.tumblr.com

As of now, Elliot is merely a float that rolls along, obviously on wheels. But what if black-clad puppeteers were moving his legs, making the experience a little more realistic?

Of course, I’m not saying that Disney should change the classics like this Elliot float. However, we’ve already got something similar to Katy’s tiger in Maleficent at Festival of Fantasy. I just really think there are opportunities for Disney to utilize a giant puppet like Katy’s tiger.



Like, maybe a giant Marshmallow walking puppet? Much better than the one we’ve already seen.



Shout out in the comments below if you have any ideas for Disney in using a puppet like Katy’s tiger!

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