Cast Members to Perform Benefit Concerts for Performing Arts Center

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., (July 18, 2011) – Hoping to hit a high note for charity’s sake, the Encore! Cast Choir and Orchestra – a volunteer ensemble of nearly 300 talented Walt Disney World Resort cast members – is currently in rehearsals for concerts to benefit the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets are now available for “An American Revival – A Concert Celebrating the Voice of America!,” on July 29, 30, 31 and August 4, 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Premier Theater at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The concerts will feature classic pop, gospel and patriotic songs that celebrate the grand musical history of America.

“This year’s shows will be a tribute to the voice of America,” says Clay Price, artistic director and founder of Encore!. “It will showcase the sounds and emotions that have musically shaped our nation. From Americana, Gospel, Jazz, Swing, Broadway, and even “The King” himself, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.”

Founded in 2002, Encore! gives Walt Disney World cast members and their families the opportunity to showcase their talents and perform great music for worthy causes. The group is comprised of a 175-person choir, 65-piece symphony orchestra and 20-person dance troupe.

Since its inception, Encore! has donated the funds from its ticket sales to local charities, raising more than $150,000 to date. Beneficiaries are determined by group vote; Encore! has chosen the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts as their 2011 beneficiary.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the upcoming performances, visit www.encorecentral.org.