From 10 February 2016, Disneyland Paris will unveil a new show on the stage of the Chaparral Theater.
The show will feature Disney heroes and heroines celebrating nature in a new way and in the purest tradition of musical theater The Forest of Enchantment will be an opportunity for visitors to see Disney characters at the heart of an enchanted forest, which will be full of surprises. The spirits of the forest invite Guests to join them on an extraordinary journey of uplifting and energizing rhythms, announcing the imminent arrival of spring.
The Forest of Enchantment: A Disney musical adventure will be running from February 10 to May 8, 2016 at Chaparral Theater in Frontierland located in Disneyland Park. C
An original creation of Disneyland Paris
The Forest of Enchantment will feature the stories of Pocahontas, from The Jungle Book, Tarzan, Rapunzel and Brave, and will feature Pocahontas and John Smith, Baloo and King Louie, Tarzan, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider without forgetting Merida, who will appear on stage to sing the mythical songs of their films.
The enchanted forest will be populated by the spirits of the forest who will guide the audience through the different stories. Singers, dancers and aerial acrobats will bring this new show to life. The sets are also part of the show: they evolve with the stories carried by the spirits of the forest, prompting viewers to discover new worlds, as if they were turning the pages of a pop-up book.
Christophe Leclercq, Director Performing Scene, wanted to design a special atmosphere where visitors will be immersed in the heart of an enchanted forest. Choosing the Chaparral Theater located in the heart of Frontierland, is not insignificant, “We wanted to offer a story with a strong connection with nature and the forest. So Chaparral Theater has quickly established itself as the perfect place. ” he said.
Music plays a predominant place in the Forest of Enchantment: A Disney Musical Adventure. “The most famous songs of the films are part of the show. But we also wanted to show that it vibrates to the rhythm of a composition of original song, written in the spirit of Broadway musicals, “says Christophe Leclercq. Interpreted live, the show’s songs lead the audience into a joyous and enchanting universe.
To mount this new musical adventure, Christophe Leclercq surrounded himself with talent from Broadway, Los Angeles and Paris. When he imagined the scenery with Yves Ollier, scenographer, he was inspired by pop-up books where each page turned reveals new surprises.
So he naturally turned to Matthew Reinhart. Based in New York, this writer and illustrator has made pop-up books his speciality. He was involved in set design, allowing live on stage an open book where nature has reasserted itself.
The musical universe was developed by Vasile Şirli, Director of Music for Disneyland Paris, in collaboration with Gordon and Lisa Goodwin. This couple of famous American composers of Los Angeles and winner of a Grammy Award, wrote the original song of the show, true to their “Jazz Swing” style. They also re-orchestrated the most famous songs from Disney cartoons that will be interpreted in the show.
Spirits of the Forest of Enchantment: A musical adventure Disney represent allegories of nature and move around the storyteller and Disney characters. Their movements must be close to animals or plants that inhabit the forest. The choreography and acrobatics were entrusted to Carolina Roelands (choreography), Florence Delahaye (aerial choreography) and Yohann Benhamou (acrobatics). These three artists participated in musicals Off-Broadway, in Paris or the Cirque du Soleil.
The Forest of Enchantment: A Disney musical adventure thus meets all the know-how from Disneyland Paris and international artists, offering a unique show of its kind.
The Forest of Enchantment: A Disney musical adventure will be performed five times a day, seven days weeks between February 10 to May 8, 2016 in the Chaparral Theater in the heart of Frontierland in the Disneyland Park.