Chita Rivera (Actress, Dancer, Singer) was the first in a series of narrators for the holiday inspired, music filled show. Pictured below is Chita Rivera narrating the Christmas Story.
Click here to see the narrator list for the 2018 Candlelight Processional.
The Candlelight Processional is performed by a 50-piece orchestra, Disney’s Voices of Liberty, and mass choir. The orchestra opens the show with trumpeters announcing the beginning of the show.
The first performers to enter the stage are the Voices of Liberty, who regularly perform in Epcot while wearing period clothing for their classical a cappella performance, but don red robes and collars during the processional.
One of the iconic portions of the show is the mass choir that makes up the festive form of a Christmas Tree, in the center of the stage behind the narrator. Most guests would be surprised to know this portion of the mass choir, dressed in green robes and collars, is completely made up of volunteer Walt Disney World Resort Cast Members! How cool is that?!
But what about the mass choir wearing gold robes and collars? Those are members from choirs, mostly high school choirs, that audition to be participants in the Candlelight Processional. Some travel from all over the country to perform, and some choirs are even invited to perform multiple nights during their auditioned season.
When all is said and done, the choir sets up to perform a spectacular set of holiday classic pieces performed in different languages such as German, Spanish, French, and English, which is very fitting since the performance takes place in the World Showcase portion of Epcot.
The rest of the show proceeds with performance from the orchestra and mass choir with the narrator, in this case Chita Rivera, telling portions of the Christmas Story during breaks between songs.
The Candlelight Processional takes place at both Disneyland Resort, in the Magic Kingdom, and at Walt Disney World Resort in Epcot.
Congratulations to Chita Rivera, on a memorable performance and to the members of the orchestra and mass choir for a spectacular show.
Don’t miss your chance to see this unique, holiday special while visiting the Disney Parks this holiday season!