2018 Candlelight Processional Opens With First Narrator Chita Rivera

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2018 Candlelight Processional Opens With First Narrator Chita Rivera

November 22, 2018 marked the start to the holiday classic performance of Disney’s Candlelight Processional at Epcot in Walt Disney World Resort.

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.

2018 Candlelight Processional Opens With First Narrator Chita Rivera

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.

2018 Candlelight Processional Opens With First Narrator Chita Rivera

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.

2018 Candlelight Processional Opens With First Narrator Chita Rivera

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?!

2018 Candlelight Processional Opens With First Narrator Chita Rivera

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.

2018 Candlelight Processional Opens With First Narrator Chita Rivera

 

2018 Candlelight Processional Opens With First Narrator Chita Rivera

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.

2018 Candlelight Processional Opens With First Narrator Chita Rivera

 

2018 Candlelight Processional Opens With First Narrator Chita Rivera

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.

2018 Candlelight Processional Opens With First Narrator Chita Rivera

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!


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Kaitlyn is a writer, painter, and artist based just north of Baltimore, Maryland. She is a previous participant in the Disney College Program and has years of experience with Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts and with Universal Orlando Resort. Her and her big 'Ohana are frequent visitors to the parks and resorts and she is always up for another trip to visit her favorite castles! Kaitlyn is the News & Entertainment Writer for Chip and Company and is passionate about writing and storytelling.
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