Here is the article:
"It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Okay so it’s still Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, but behind the scenes, the Creative Entertainment team is already hard at work getting ready to deck the halls for the holidays. And this year, they’re bringing something new to Disney California Adventure park that’s sure to be fantástico – Disney ¡Viva Navidad!
Several times each day, a high-energy street party takes over Paradise Gardens, led by the “Three Caballeros” – Donald Duck and his life-long amigos Panchito from Mexico and Jose Carioca from Brazil. The infectious mix of Mariachi and Samba musicians, folklórico and carnival dancers, 12-foot-tall mojiganga puppets and those ambassadors of holiday cheer, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, will really get the crowd going, as Santa and Mrs. Claus join in to cheer and celebrate “¡Viva Navidad!”
You won’t want to miss it! Disney ¡Viva Navidad! becomes part of the Holidays at Disneyland Resort on November 15 and continues through January 6, 2014, with additional Three Kings Day celebrations January 3-6."
Sure sounds like a good time to me! Can't wait to see the show live! In my opinion, Disney has become a strong venue for Mexican entertainment here in Southern California They have hosted many performances of Mexican music and dance through their Community Arts Showcase program, Three Kings Day performances, the recent Dia de Los Muertos holiday, and now Viva Navidad! Hats off to Disney - A Mexican entertainment destination!
On October 6th & 7th on Relampago del Cielo, Inc.'s Facebook page, notices were posted for auditions for the show. Auditions were held on October 9th. Here is the official casting call ad:
After reading the requirements, I decided it was not for me as I work Monday thru Friday during the day. I have had my career now for over 15 years, so leaving my job for roughly two months of performances was out of the question. So I put it out of mind and carried on with my life. Then on October 11th, another post was listed for another round of auditions. Again, I put it out of mind until I received a personal invite to the audition from a friend connected to the event. Apparently, some weekend only performing opportunities may be available. This sparked interest! So, on Tuesday October 15th, Richard and I made our way to the audition held at the Orange County School of the Arts. Other dancing friends joined us too.
The audition entailed an introduction to the show and a little history of the "Three Caballeros", we listened to the music and were given an idea of what was to be expected. Then for the next three hours we were drilled on technique and movement. I actually enjoyed the experience of the audition. I was exposed to many new technique building exercises and drills. There were a few familiar faces there auditioning too. I was definitely in the elders club. A lot of these dancers were in their late teens to early 20's. Many we're very accomplished, skilled, trained dancers. Even so, there was a lot of variation between dancing styles, skirt movement, and footwork execution between the dancers who were from different groups and backgrounds. It was somewhat sobering to be among such talent. But the folks were friendly and had a good attitude with each other. I didn't feel judged. I felt like we were all there together to get a job done. On a personal note, I was happy that I was able to hold my own and that although my overall experience with folklorico dancing has been brief, I think I did well.
Now I want to mention that there are always people that will pay the price. There are lots of terrific opportunities, but are you willing to pay the price? Even when there is financial compensation for dancing folklorico, it is often not enough to really compensate you for all the time, effort an expense you put into it. A while back I got paid for a televised show. Yes, I got paid, but it cost me a whole day of waiting around just for that brief moment. It was a long day. Incredible opportunity, but it wasn't worth the pay. I did it for the bragging rights!
On week 37 I wrote about my experience performing at California Adventure with BF Sol de Mexico as part of Disney's Community Arts Showcase. Check it out. Although I let this new opportunity to return and perform there again pass me by, another opportunity surfaced! An email came to Richard for Herencia to go and perform on a weekend as part of the holiday events at the park - 6 shows! So we submitted an application. You'll have to check back on week 51 for more on all that!
Back to Viva Navidad. I wasn't too familiar with the story and movie of the "Three Caballeros", so I had to research it online. According to Wikipedia, here is some history on the "Three Caballeros":
"The Three Caballeros is a 1944 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions. The film premiered in Mexico City on December 21, 1944. It was released in the United States on February 3, 1945 and in the UK that March. The seventh animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series, the film plots an adventure through parts of Latin America, combining live-action and animation. This is the second of the Disney package films of the 1940s
The film is plotted as a series of self-contained segments, strung together by the device of Donald Duck opening birthday gifts from his Latin American friends. Several Latin American stars of the period appear, including singers Aurora Miranda (sister of Carmen Miranda) and Dora Luz, as well as dancer Carmen Molina
The film was produced as part of the studio's good will message for South America, but is less obvious propagandistic than others. The film again starred Donald Duck, who in the course of the film is joined by old friend, Jose Carioca, the cigar-smoking parrot from Saludos Amigos (1942) representing Brazil, and later makes a new friend in the persona of pistol-packing rooster Panchito Pistoles, representing Mexico.
It was severely edited and re-released in featurette form on April 15. 1977 to accompany a re-issue of Never a Dull Moment."
Sounds like I'm going to go get me a copy of the movie or rent one on Netflix or something. It sounds interesting and I would like to see the whole film.
Last week Viva Navidad premiered! There was lots of media coverage for the big kickoff of the festival street party show - the same one we auditioned for! If you go and visit the park, you can see this same street party take place several times each day! Here is a video from YouTube of the show (you may need to copy and paste the link in your browser for it to work or visit YouTube and search for "DCA: Viva Navidad Street Party"):
Now on the informal side, on a recent trip to the Disneyland Park, we stopped in at the Golden Horseshoe Saloon in Frontierland. Back in the day there use to be saloon dance shows at the Golden Horseshoe, complete with the Can-Can. These days the shows are less risque and more Wild West themed comedy sketches with some audience participation. Of all the people they picked from the audience, guess who was picked? Yep me. My big Disney acting debut! My big line was "I'll drink to that!" Check out these photos of our visit and my performance!
In closing I want to thank Jarritos sodas for their ongoing support of Hernecia Mexicana! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! I encourage everyone to support and drink Jarritos so they can continue supporting groups like ours!
HEY! Come see us on December 14th at 7pm!
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