Walt Disney World attracts performers of all stripes. The parks offer Broadway quality shows like "Festival of the Lion King" and "Beauty and the Beast" that feature singers and dancers. They have parade performers, character actors and puppeteers. And these performers did something wonderful in 1993 - they started a theater company called STAGE that was comprised entirely of Disney Cast, Crew, and Imagineers.
In the more than two decades since, STAGE has produced over 100 shows ranging from modern musicals to Shakespearean comedies. They also feature original plays written by cast members, or small off-broadway shows. As stated on their website, stagecentral.org:
"When STAGE first began, it was a collaboration of Cast Members interested in doing something beyond their every day role. Today, we strive to play a pivotal role in the growth and promotion of performance skills that translate beyond the stage that help strengthen overall expression skills in both work and personal life."
The shows are usually staged somewhere on Disney property, the Contemporary Hotel Ballroom being the most popular spot as of late. Tickets do not go on sale until the venue has been secured, and typically cost $12 for general admission. The curtain goes up at 8:00 p.m.
It's a wonderful way to spend an evening while vacationing at the Walt Disney World Resort that's unique and off the beaten path. It's on property so you don't have to struggle with transportation. The selected material can be more challenging than the Disney themed shows in the parks, but has the same high-caliber performers Disney demands for its shows.
When on vacation, check it out. It's well worth it.