SPARTA, NJ  - More than an hundred Sparta High School performing arts students traveled to Orlando, Fl last week to asttend workshops and perform on the Melody Gardens stage in Disney’s Epcot Center. 

The Spartan choirs were selected from among the hundreds of other choirs who audition each year for the opportunity to perform on a Disney stage.

While in the park the students were treated as honorary Disney Cast Members.  This allowed them to rehearse in Disney’s backstage areas. 

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The students were also able to participate in the Disney Sings workshop led by a cast member of the Magic Kingdom’s Dapper Dan’s Barbershop Quartet.  As a part of the workshop experience, the students were recorded singing live.  They then viewed animation set to their voices.

The drama students were able to participate in the Acting 101 workshop.  In this class students focused on how to stand out in auditions and how to create a character on the spot. 

“My favorite part of the trip was the recording workshop,” said Choral Director Laura Lopez.

“Students had to learn the music quickly and be able to record a good take with only two tries.  It was a great life experience for all of them to stay focused and think on their feet.”

“I discovered a new appreciation for music, art and how it all comes together,” said choral member, Taina Brantley. “Being able to record and then immediately see your work put to animation was very gratifying.”

“It was a great and educational trip with good friends and great people,” says choir member, Jack Muino.  “It will be hard to top this trip.”