By Wayne Harada
Above, luau performers at Walt Disney World in Orlando; below right, "Lion King" musical logo.
Disney is searching for Island talent on two fronts:
* Walt Disney Worl is seeking a male vocalist for its Aloha Dinner Show in Orlando. The male vocalist is for the role of Kimo; he must at least18, a familiar with Polynesian dance, for the on-site luau show. The candidate should have an athletic build, possess a pop tenor voice to G#. His height should be 5-10 or taller and he sould be able to dance Polynesian numbers — Tahitian, Hawaiian, Samoan, etc. “A diverse look” is how the audition describes its desired performer.
The Disney World auditions will be held at 10 a.m. this Saturday (Feb. 22) at NIX Performing Arts, 98-025 Hekaha St., Suite 221 A, in Aiea. Those trying out should provide a current headshot and a resume and be prepared to sing 16 bars from a musical theater selection. Bring sheet music in the proper key for an accompanist, which will be provided.
* Disney Theatrical Productions, producers of “The Lion King,” have been auditioning here for cast members for potential employment in the Broadway company and in North American touring productions like the one in residency at Blaisdell Concert Hall through March 9. Auditions for singers for the Nala and Simba roles, and spots for female dancers, are already completed, but more tryouts are set for male dancers scheduled this week. And those who missed the live auditions can mail in applications, ASAP. See specifics below.
“Lion King” male dancers may try out as at Ballet Hawaii studios today (Feb. 18), at 777 S. Hotel St., Suite 101. Requirements: applicants must be 18 to 30, from all cultural backgrounds, with classical and modern training; some roles require acrobatic skills; sign-in at 9 a.m. today (Feb. 18), auditions begin at 10 a.m. Dancers should bring flat jazz shoes or may try out barefooted; dancers may be asked to sing, so bring sheet music and prepare a song that shows off voice and range; a piano accompanist will be provided. Also submit a recent photo and a resume with a list of performance experience.
For latecomers: If you were unable to unable to attend the “Lion King” auditions, you may submit a headshot and a resume with experience via mail to: Binder Casting, ATTN: “The Lion King,” 321 W. 44th St., Suite 606, New York, N.Y. 10036