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Disney casting call this weekend at Ahwatukee’s Dance Studio 111

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Posted: Friday, March 7, 2014 8:45 am

The next Goofy, Belle or Cinderella could live in Ahwatukee.

Disney Creative Entertainment is seeking character performers for shows and parades across the Wild Disney World Resort in Florida, as well as energetic college students interested in the Walt Disney World College Program.

Kent Murrish, talent and casting director at Walt Disney World, will lead auditions Sunday at Dance Studio 111, 490 E. Chandler Blvd., in Ahwatukee. Sign-in is from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and auditions begin at 11.

“We’re looking for high-energy dancers and those with personality,” Murrish said.

He is looking for 10 to 20 full-time character performers and about 150 to join the college program for the fall semester.

“We’re going to see 2,000 people at 14 auditions over the next week,” Murrish said.

All performers will be taught a simple dance routine to start. Following this routine, there will be an initial cut. Selected performers will then learn additional dance routines, as well as animation exercises and an improvisational scene.

“We have specific heights, body types and silhouettes for specific costumes and characters, so some dancers may be eliminated if they do not fit those areas,” said Murrish, who expects up to 200 to audition Sunday. “The full-time work is more competitive.”

Full-time applicants must be willing to relocate to the Orlando area, and be available for at least one year of full-time work. Those auditioning must be able to begin work within the next six months. Full-time performers could perform in shows such as “Festival of the Lion King” and “Disney Festival of Fantasy Parade.”

College Program applicants must have been enrolled in college/university for at least one semester.

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be authorized to work in the U.S.

All Disney auditions are closed auditions. There’s no cost to audition.

For more information, visit DisneyAuditions.com.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6549 or cgabel@ahwatukee.com.

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