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redit tra c ex these talented disney performing arts alumni are living life in the spotlight alumni elena gutierrez Elena Gutierrez is a true triple threat. In high school she performed at the Disney Theme Parks with her orchestra, and also participated in Disney Performing Arts theatre and dance workshops. Today Elena is drawing in crowds as she enjoys a ten-year career as an entertainer, performing in the national tour and Las Vegas companies of the hit show “Mamma Mia!” and in the film Across the Universe. “My experiences at Disney boosted my confidence,” Elena said. “They helped me to see that I could make my dreams of performing a reality!” Elena also has a passion for inspiring young artists. She travels across the country teaching master classes, leading workshops, “My experiences at Disney boosted my confidence. They helped me to see that I could make my dreams of performing a reality!” choreographing and judging dance competitions. She’s also the founder and director of Get Accepted, a company that coaches college hopefuls on how to ace their audition and get accepted to the school of their dreams. sean o’bryan smith Sean O’Bryan Smith’s career has really taken off since his first Disney Performing Arts experience as a freshman performing with the Red Bank High School Band from Tennessee. Sean is now an internationally distributed jazz solo artist (his latest album “Reflection” was released in July 2012), as well as a producer, bassist and composer. He has toured as a bassist for nearly three decades, working with Billy Ray Cyrus, Keith Urban, Kenny Rogers, Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts and more. When he’s not performing, Sean continues to visit the Disney Parks with his wife, Jami. In fact, his fond memories of performing at the Parks contributed to his decision to get married at the “From that first time I set foot in the Parks to perform as a Disney Performing Arts youth I was amazed at the magic.” Walt Disney World Resort in 2009. ® “From that first time I set foot in the Parks to perform as a Disney Performing Arts youth I was amazed at the magic,” Sean says. “There is always that same anxious joy I had from that very first visit, and that would not have happened if I hadn’t had the opportunity to be a part of the band performing.” N extra credit | 15 http://www.gogetaccepted.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Disney Extra Credit - Fall 2012

Disney Extra Credit - Fall 2012
Contents
Welcome
Events Corner
Career Spotlight
Center Stage
Disney Parks News
Disney Performing Arts Alumni
Competitive Performances
Start Spreading The News
The King Of All Surprises
It's Showtime
Real-World Education
Benefits Of Student Travel
Travel Planner Honors
Music With A Cause
Mickey's Mind Teasers

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