Disney-Themed Concert Features Augustana Orchestra
*Student rush tickets are available for this program. Anyone with a student ID can get a ticket for $20 plus tax. Student rush tickets must be purchased at the box office on the day of the show.
Disney in Concert A Dream is a Wish will come to stage at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, in the Mary W. Sommervold Hall at the Washington Pavilion, featuring the Augustana Orchestra, film clips and professional vocalists.
Featuring some of the most beloved songs from Walt Disney films, this family concert transports audiences into the musical world of classic and contemporary Disney Animated Feature films to discover that dreams really do come true.
Join our 90-piece orchestra as we awaken a little mermaid who longs to be human, a lion cub who struggles to find his place in the circle of life, and two sisters who wish to warm a frozen relationship. The stories of The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Aladdin and more, are told through the talents of four Broadway-caliber singers, original Disney film footage and sweeping orchestral scores performed by the Augustana Orchestra. The magic of Disney storytelling comes to life once again and reminds us anew that anything is possible, “… if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”
“The orchestra and I are incredibly excited to prepare and perform this concert for children young and children young at heart,” says Dr. Peter Folliard, conductor of the Augustana Orchestra. “We’ll play all your favorite songs with projected clips from the movies — have wonderful singers and, all in all, have an incredible afternoon of music and magic.”
WHITNEY CLAIRE KAUFMAN
Whitney Claire Kaufman recently completed two years with the North American Tour of the Broadway smash-hit Mamma Mia! (Ensemble, Understudy for Sophie and Lisa). Her performance as Sophie garnered rave reviews from the Boston Globe. Whitney has performed as Guest Soloist with the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Guest Soloist with the Florida Orchestra, and has appeared in Cabaret (Sally Bowles), A Midsummer Night’s Dream, (Peaseblossom), Marisol (June), The Los Angeles Theatre Ensembles’ production of Wounded, as well as many other theatrical productions. TV credits include General Hospital and the hit ABC series Modern Family. As both a singer and voice-over performer in film and television, Whitney has been heard in productions including That Championship Season, The Secret of NiMH 2, and two MGM animated series: All Dogs Go to Heaven and Noddy. She recently recorded songs written by Oscar-winning composer Dimitri Tiomkin. Whitney graduated with honors from Chapman University with a BFA in Theater Performance. Her favorite Disney movie is The Little Mermaid, with Cinderella as a close second.
Andrew Johnson has toured all over the United States, Europe, and Asia, as a lead vocalist and dancer. His performances have been broadcast on national and international television. Andrew has performed on FOX's The X-Factor, The Conan O'Brien Show, and the MTV Video Music Awards. He has sung background for artists such as Demi Lovato, Fifth Harmony, LeAnn Rimes, and Florence and the Machine. His theatrical credits include Frozen-Live at the Hyperion (Prince Hans) Rent (Benny), Five Guys Named Moe (Four-Eyed Moe), and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Joseph). Andrew has shared the stage with singers/actresses Shirley Jones and Bernadette Peters and has performed live duets with recording artists Patti LaBelle and Erykah Badu.
Juliana Hansen is thrilled to be performing her favorite Disney songs with the Augustana Orchestra on April 14 at the Washington Pavilion. She has originated roles in Off-Broadway shows, performed as Millie in the 1st National Tour of Thoroughly Modern Millie and starred in several productions across the country. Her favorite credits include Les Miserables (Eponine), Beauty and the Beast (Belle) and The Wizard of OZ (Dorothy).
Aaron is an Ovation Award nominated actor/singer, proud member of Actor's Equity, and can frequently be seen on film and TV. Past theatre credits include: Jekyll and Hyde (John Utterson), Batboy: The Musical (Batboy/Edgar), Songs for a New World , and Les Misérables(Foreman/Combeferre). Opera credits include: La Boheme with the Greensboro Opera Company, conducted by Valery Ryvkin, Pirates of Penzance (Pirate King) and Lakme (Frederic) by Delibes. Aaron recently appeared in a staged reading of The Bone Wars (O’Conner) with the prestigious New York playwright group, Youngbloods. You may have seen Aaron as Carl, half of the duo that is the face of Lipton Iced Tea. He is also an accomplished voice-over talent and can be heard in video games such as World of Warcraft, Grand Theft Auto V, Red Dead Redemption and Lord of the Rings. He is a man of many voices for commercials, cartoons, and music sessions everywhere. Aaron has been a Disney fan his entire life, and is happy to help bring this music to fans of all ages.
Tickets may be reserved online at washingtonpavilion.org or by calling the Washington Pavilion box office at 605.367.6000.