Happy Birthday Alan Menken

Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, Enchanted, Newsies, Little Shop of Horrors and the list goes on to show the marvelous achievements of an amazing man, Alan Menken. I wanted to write this post because I feel that I owe my love of Disney music and musical theatre to this inspiring person.

As a child, and occasionally as an adult, I would walk around my house with a book in my hand and my hair tied back in a bow singing to my dog ” Oh isn’t this amazing? Its my favorite part because you’ll see” (I bet you sang the words) , from the song “Belle”. Beauty and the Beast will forever and always be my favorite story of “far off places, daring sword fights, magic spells, a prince in disguise”, but songs like “Under the Sea” from the Little Mermaid, “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin (and performed by my favorite actor, Robin Williams), and “Just Around the Riverbend” from Pocahontas were all in my repertoire at age seven of songs I could act out while singing with my little baby soprano voice. This music molded me, taught me lessons about connecting with nature (thank you “Colors of the Wind”), allowed me to see people for their heart rather than their appearance (a la what Angela Lansbury’s Mrs. Potts told us in “Beauty and the Beast”) and of course let me have a dream (pretty much all of his music but let’s go with “Go The Distance” and “I Have a Dream”).

So this post is to thank you, Alan Menken, wherever you are and even though you will more than likely never read this post. I am just sending my love of your work out into the universe, thanking you for continuing to inspire me to “have a dream” like Rapunzel, “sing a happy working song” like Giselle and as Katherine Plumber says “watch what happens”.

Happy Birthday Alan Menken!

More reading:

Alan Menken Official Site

Entertainment Weekly Article

DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM

Exicited for DCP but missing my long Merida hair:)
Exicited for DCP but missing my long Merida hair:)

WOOHOOO! If I may, that is the only way to describe how I feel about my upcoming internship in Walt Disney World. I will officially be a character attendant for the Fall 2015 Disney College Program (or DCP as it is commonly referred to). To those of you who do not know what that means, I am the awesome kid in the blue shirt who says “Here’s Mickey Mouse!!” and guides people as they meet and greet with their favorite characters.

Now to everyone yelling, “What?!? You’re not friends with a princess?” or “I thought you wanted to be an actor?” or my personal favorite “Why would you want to do that?” Glad you asked.

I took my first full-fledged adventure to Disney World at age 4, since then I have been there about 8 times and loved each moment of each trip. I love Disney. Not ashamed of it and call me a child because I take it as a compliment. Not only is Disney one of the most successful companies in the world between movies, tv, theme parks and merchandise, Disney is all about entertainment.

Connecting the dots? Entertainment…..acting. I knew you would get it. Now do I expect to be put in a major motion picture because I did a college internship? Clearly not. However, Disney opens many doors and as many people know is a family. I will still be part of the show and referred to as a cast member during my 4 month internship and honestly I cannot wait.

What could be better than creating magic for families from all over the world as Disney does so well? I will keep everyone posted when my adventure begins August 24th! Keep checking here and youtube.com/lexifazz for DCP updates!

Thanks for reading!

-Lexi