Part of the fun of visiting the Disneyland Resort is getting to experience some of the newest Disney characters and stories alongside beloved classics. On March 22,2013, new characters from Disney Junior hit shows will join the cast of "Disney Junior-Live on Stage!" at Disney California Adventure Park, ready to delight the preschool audience- and their families.
Joining the lineup are characters from "Doc McStuffins" and "Sofia the first," top animated shows on Disney Junior , the 24-hour channel and morning block on Disney Channel.
"Sofia the First" revolves around a little girl who suddenly becomes a princess when her mom marries the king. In that segment of the live stage production, Sofia, Disney's first preschool princess, is learning the royal ropes and needs some help making things magical for a ball hosted by her new stepdad, King Roland II. Set in the storybook world of Enchancia, Sofia is also joined by her new step-siblings, Amber and James.
One of the most magical things that happens during that segment of the show is that it snows inside this venue. It's really cool to watch the children's reactions but even more amazing when you see the adults looking around in awe and amazement.
Later in the show, Guests meet "Doc McStuffins," a 6-year-old girl who wants to be a doctor, just like her mom. When she puts on her stethoscope, something magical happens: toys, dolls and stuffed animals come to life and she can communicate with them. In the stage production, "Doc" heals her toys with a little help from her stuffed animal friends, Stuffy the blue dragon, Hallie the hippo,Lambie the lamb and Chilly the snowman.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary next month, the show originally opened as "Playhouse Disney- Live on Stage!" and has been updated over the years to incorporate the newest, most popular shows kids love to watch on Disney Channel. In 2011, the show was renamed "Disney Junior-Live on Stage!" to coincide with the launch of the Disney Junior programming block and added characters from "Jake and the Neverland Pirates." The live host, Casey, interacts with all of the characters in the various segments, bridging the gap between the puppets and young viewers.
TWIN TALENT BRINGS CHARACTERS TO LIFE:
Twin brothers James and Scott Silson share more than the same parents- and the same birth date. The brothers also are working side by side on the same stage for the relaunch of "Disney Junior- Live Stage !" at Disney California Adventure Park and at the Walt Disney World Resort.
James and Scott are both puppet masters with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entrainment, although James, who is also show director, is based at the Walt Disney World resort and Scott is based at the Disneyland Resort. Together,they are working to blend the characters from Disney Junior 's hit shows "Doc McStuffins" and "Sofia the First" into popular stage production aimed at preschoolers.
But it certainly isn't the first time the brothers have worked together. For most of their childhood, they traveled the country performing with their parents,who are professional musicians,and their three younger siblings. "We were like "The Partridge Family- we even had a VW bus," laughs James. "It was an unorthodox way of growing up, but it kept us firmly ensconced in entertainment-driven from a very young age.."
By the time the twins were teenagers, they were talented musicians and songwriters ready to launch their own band. By then, the family had settled in Florida and the twins needed a "day job" while they performed locally. In 1998, they saw an audition at the Walt Disney World resort for puppeteers and figured they'd give it a try, despite the fact that they hadn't worked with puppets before. They were both hired for the "Pocahontas and her Forest Friends" show for opening of Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park.
The brothers took to puppeteering so quickly, in less than a year they were training others,"Sometimes you choose your career and other times your career chooses you," said James. "This was one of the times when our career chose us."
James became a puppet specialist and then puppet master, traveling to Hong Kong and Paris, and he is now on the show director team. Scott also became a puppet specialist in Florida and was promoted to the puppet master role at the Disney Resort last summer.
Although they are now based on opposite coasts, they fall right back into a routine when working together, as they have with the "Disney Junior-Live on Stage" relaunch, which debuts on March 22,2013.
"We probably know each other better as work partners than as brothers," Scott said. "We sang together, we rehearsed together, wrote songs together, did outside theater together- we were even mimes together."
Although the brothers are fraternal twins, they look practically identical , which has led to some interesting mix-ups."People confuse us every day," Scott said with a laugh. "When James became puppet master and joined the Creative team, he was allowed to were jeans and grow a beard. I used to get feedback about wearing jeans and having facial hair and I"d have to ask, "Was my brother here."
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