šoš 2004 Candlelight Processional Narrator's biographies, and 2003 program. šoš
I was planning Priority Seatings for my December WDW trip and decided to look up the biographies of the Candlelight Processional Narrators.
šoš 2003 Candlelight Processional PROGRAM (Songs, Music, and Host reads The Christmas Story) šoš
šoš Candlelight Overture
šoš Shout for Joy
Host reads, "And You Shall Call Him Jesus...."
šoš O Come All Ye Faithful
Host reads, "And She Laid Him In A Manger..."
šoš Il Est Ne
Host reads, "I Bring You Good Tidings of Great Joy..."
šoš O Holy Night
Host reads, "Glory To God In The Highest..."
šoš Angels from the Realms of Glory
Host reads, "They Rejoiced With Exceeding Great Joy..."
šoš Rejoice with Exceeding Joy
Host reads, "They Found The Little Child..."
šoš What Child is This
Host reads, "Eternal Promise of Goodness and Light..."
šoš Do You Here What I Here
Host reads, "One Solitary Life
šoš Silent Night
Host reads, "We Still Celebration..."
šoš Joy to the World
Host reads, "The Prince of Peace..."
šoš The Hallelujah Chorus
Host reads, "May The Joy And Peace..."
šoš Let There Be Peace on Earth
šoš The Tentative List of 2004 of the Candlelight Processional Narrators: šoš
šoš Rita Moreno (Nov 26-28)
Rita Moreno is the only female performer to have won all four of the most prestigious show business awards: the Oscar, the Emmy, the Grammy and the Tony. Rita Moreno has, in fact won the Emmy twice-in 1977 for a variety appearance on "The Muppets," and in 1978 for a dramatic appearance on "The Rockford Files." The Oscar was for her performance as "Anita" in the 1962 motion picture, "West Side Story;" and the Tony was for her 1975 triumph on Broadway as "Googie Gomez" in The Ritz;" the Grammy was for her 1972 performance on "Electric Company Album." Along the way, Rita Moreno also picked up dozens of other show business awards, most notably "The Golden Apple," Cue Magazine Award and the 1968 "Joseph Jefferson Award" as best actress in Chicago's theatrical season that year. In 1985, Rita Moreno repeated her Chicago triumph and was awarded the prestigious Sarah Siddons Award for her portrayal of "Olive Madison" in the female version of "The Odd Couple." Having thus "done it all" in so many facets of show business, Rita Moreno, early in 1978, turned her attention for the first time to live performances, creating an act whict has attracted outstanding critical acclaim.
šoš Heather Headley (Nov 29 - Dec 1)
Won a 2000 Tony Award for Best Performance By a Leading Actress in a Musical for her role in "Aida". Released her debut album in 2002, "This is who I am". Moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana at age 15. As a student in university, she performed at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theatre, in "Dreamgirls" and "The World Goes Round". Is of Trinidadian descent. Attended Northwestern University.
Was the original Aida in Elton John and Tim Rice's "Aida" Became married to former New York Jets star Brian Musso [January 2003] Nominated for 2 Grammys, including one for Best New Artist (2004)
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šoš Kirk Franklin (Dec 2-4)
In the summer of 1993 a young unknown gospel musician from Fort Worth, Texas, released-to little initial fanfare-his self-titled debut album, Kirk Franklin & The Family. Wildly accepted and embraced almost immediately by the masses, it went on to spend 100 weeks at the top of Billboard magazine's gospel charts, while also crossing over to the R&B side, and becoming in the process the first gospel album ever to sell over a million units.
šoš Jim Caviezel (Dec 5-7)
James Patrick Caviezel
6' 2" (1.88 m)
Kerri Caviezel(1997 - present)
Grew up in a tight-knit Catholic family. Dad is Jim, Mom is Maggie
3 sisters-Ann, Amy, Erin 1 brother-Tim
His surname is Romansch (Rhaeto-Romanic), from Switzerland. Met his wife, Kerri, on a blind date in 1993. She is a high school English teacher.
Played basketball in college, but took up acting after injuring his foot.
Drove the pace car in the Indy 500 Race in May of 2002 Refused to film a love scene with on-screen wife Ashley Judd for their film, High Crimes (2002). The idea of possible nudity conflicted with Jim's personal beliefs, based on his strong Catholic faith. Dislocated his shoulder during the filming of Passion of the Christ, The (2004).
Received an honorary degree from King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA at their commencement on 18 May 2003. Gave a fire-and-brimstone speech based on his interpretation of Catholicism. Was struck by lightning during the filming of Mel Gibson's "Passion". Assistant director Jan Michelini was also hit (for the second time during the shoot). A crew member said "I'm about a hundred feet away from them when I glance over and see smoke coming out of Caviezel's ears."
His co-star Elizabeth Mitchell who played his mother in Frequency said about him: "Jim is the perfect son, if I had a son like him I would be a very proud mother".
Was hand-picked by 'Jennifer Lopez' to play the role of Catch in Angel Eyes (2001)
Shortly after accepting the role of Jesus Christ in the Mel Gibson film, Passion of the Christ, The (2004), he realized his initials were the same as that of Jesus (J.C.) and that he was the same age most historians and religious scholars claim Jesus was when he was killed (33).
Shares a birthday with actor Kent McCord and actress Julie London. Was considered for the role of Superman/Clark Kent by Warner Brothers for a proposed relaunch of the franchise. Surname pronounced ka-VEE-zel.
Nearly gave up acting after struggling for so long, before he got a phone call from director Terence Malick who directed him in "The Thin Red Line".
Was a waiter.
Did some modeling for the Gap
Writes left handed, but seems to be ambidextrous (uses both hands) Favorite food: Mexican (or a good steak) Once said on a the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, when asked by fans if he was Jesus Christ, he responds by saying no, but tells them he is the Count of Monte Cristo.
"My mom's 100% Irish, and in my family we've always called acting 'blarney'."
On getting thumped for being too cocky at basket ball in Junior School, he says: 'It hurt, but I said to myself I'm never going to be like that again. I was blessed to learn that early in life.'
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šoš Marlee Matlin/Jack Jason (Dec 8-10)
Marlee Beth Matlin
5' 4" (1.63 m)
Marlee Beth Matlin was born on August 24, 1965, to parents Don and Libby Matlin; she was their 3rd child. Marlee was rendered deaf at the age of 18 months through a bout with Roseola Infantum. That didn't stop her from acting in a children's theatre company at age 7; she was Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz." Her deafness never held her back; as an adult she said it so eloquently, "I have always resisted putting limitations on myself, both professionally and personally." Marlee studied Criminal Justice courses at Harper College in Palatine, Illinois, and maintained her passion for acting after graduating. While performing on stage throughout Chicago and the Midwest, Marlee was discovered in a stage production of the Tony award winning play "Children of a Lesser God" and was cast for the movie version Children of a Lesser God (1986). This was the film debut of the petite (5'4") young actress, and she won the Academy Award for Best Actress. While filming her next movie Walker
šoš Joshua Morrow (Dec 11-13)
Joshua Jacob Morrow
6' (1.83 m)
Tobe Keeney(4 August 2001 - present)
Has brown hair and green eyes
Majored in communications with a minor in theater at Moorpark College in California
Welcomed first child son Cooper Jacob on September 27, 2002. The baby weighed 7lbs 3oz.
Date of birth (location)
8 February 1975
Juneau, Alaska, USA
Welcomed first child son Cooper Jacob on September 27, 2002. The baby... (show more)
Filmography as:_Actor, Notable TV Guest Appearances Actor - filmography
3deep (1999) (TV) .... Josh
My Stepson, My Lover (1997) (TV) .... Eric Cory ... aka Love, Murder and Deceit (1997) (TV) ... aka No Recourse (1997) (TV)
"Young and the Restless, The" (1973) TV Series .... Nicholas Newman #3
... aka "Y&R" (1973) (USA: promotional abbreviation) Filmography as:_Actor, Notable TV Guest Appearances Notable TV Guest Appearances
"Hollywood Squares" (1998) playing "Himself" 27 October 2003 "Pyramid" (2002) playing "Himself" 27 October 2003 "Nanny, The" (1993) playing "Himself" in episode: "The Heather Biblow Story" (episode # 4.24) 7 May 1997
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šoš Hal Holbrook (TBA=Dec 14-16)(It looks like Hal Holbrook may not be able to make it this year. I'll leave his name here until someone else is annouced or he decides to keep his spot.)
Harold Rowe Holbrook Jr.
Dixie Carter(1984 - present)Carol Eve Rossen(1966 - 1979)Ruby Johnson(1945 - 1965)
Two children, Victoria and David, with Ruby Johnson One daughter, Eve, with Carol Rossen
In his guest appearance on "the West Wing" (1999) his character first describes the fate of the USS Pueblo, an intelligence gathering surface vessel, caught spying by North Korea in 1968, while referring to the fictional USS Portland. In 1973's (TV) Pueblo, Holbrook portrayed the lead character.
He was just 29 when he began touring his one-man show of the elderly Mark Twain, even performing for President Eisenhower at one point. However, he had to stop because the only offers he was getting for film and TV were for roles over 70.
He is a 1948 graduate of Denison University (Granville, Ohio) Has starred in two projects based on John Grisham books with The Firm and The Street Lawyer
"On stage your job as actor is to present and show the story by your behavior, body language, and vocal work. In film, you musn't. You just have to be. You are...and it's mostly intuitive. The amount of characterization you do is very minimal. In fact, you try not to act at all. It's actually better that way, and it's taken me years to learn that."
"Most everybody today that's young is operating under the insane idea that what we've got going on is the best that there is. But it's not. Current entertainment is cheap, shoddy, infantile, adolescent, not grown-up. We're fed imagery that's really pornographic, by people with an infantile idea of sexuality. It's a sad and depressing thing." A veteran of stage, screen, and television, Holbrook is probably best remembered for his portrayal of Mark Twain, which he has been performing as a one-man stage show on and off since 1954; he earned a Tony Award for its 1966 Broadway run. šoš šoš šoš šoš šoš šoš šoš
šoš Steven Curtis Chapman (Dec 17-19)
Steven Curtis Chapman is amazed. Ten years have passed since the launch of his career, and he has achieved far more than he would have dared to imagine-over four million albums sold, three Grammy Awards, 37 Dove Awards, 29 No. 1 singles and record-breaking concert attendance figures. As a musician and songwriter, his success has eclipsed that of the very people who inspired him in the first place; and that achievement humbles him--at times even embarrasses him. Now, one decade later, Steven Curtis Chapman pauses to look back and to look ahead-to retrace the steps that brought him here, to remind him of what started it all. And to renew his commitment to the God who granted his success.
šoš Edward James Olmos (Dec 20-22)
If Edward James Olmos had followed the first love of his life, he'd have been a professional baseball player. But by age 13, another love entered his life: rock music. By age 15 he was already an experienced rock singer, forming and reforming several "garage bands" along the way. During the late '60s and early '70s he played the most famous clubs on Sunset Strip, including Gazzarri's, and The Factory. But a friend suggested that, with his flair for the dramatic, he consider a career in acting.
Throughout the seventies he divided his time between rock music gigs, acting classes, bit parts in TV, Off-off-off Broadway plays, and his business of moving fine furniture (which kept body, soul and family together). His first big break was a starring role in Luis Valdez's play, "Zoot Suit", in 1978. The play moved to Broadway and led to a Tony nomination, and great critical acclaim. Perhaps best known for his role as "Lt. Martin Castillo" in the NBC TV series, "Miami Vice" (1984-1989), he has been seen in numerous film and TV productions. He received an Accademy Award nomination for "best actor" for his starring role in "Stand and Deliver". Most notable of his recent offerings is 1992's "American Me", which was a lso his directing debut.
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šoš Gary Sinise (Dec 23-28)
Gary Sinise was born in Blue Island, Illinois. His family later moved to Highland Park, where he attended high school. He was something of a rebel, playing in bands but paying little attention to school. Gary and some friends tried out for "West Side Story" as a lark, but Gary was hooked on acting for life by closing night. Gary credits his love for theatre to his drama teacher, Barbara Patterson. In 1974, Gary, Terry Kinney, and Jeff Perry founded the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago. Initially performing in a church basement, the company grew and gained stature in the Chicago area. In addition to acting in many plays, Gary also directed some of Steppenwolf's most notable productions, including Sam Shepard's "True West". The company made its Broadway debut with that production, starring Gary and John Malkovich. Gary's Hollywood career also started in the director's chair with two episodes of the stylish TV series "Crime Story" followed in 1988 by the feature "Miles from Home" starring Richard Gere. Gary's first feature film as an actor was the World War II fable "A Midnight Clear" in 1992. That year also found Gary combining his acting and directing talents with the critically acclaimed "Of Mice and Men". His first real notice by the public came in 1994, however. He starred in the blockbuster miniseries "The Stand", rapidly followed by his bravura performance as Lt. Dan in "Forrest Gump". His portrayal of the disabled, emotionally tortured veteran earned Gary numerous awards and an Oscar nomination. Busy 1994 was followed by busy 1995, first reuniting with Tom Hanks in "Apollo 13" and then starring in the HBO film "Truman" which earned him the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards and an Emmy nomination. Gary is married to Moira Harris, an actress and original member of the Steppenwolf company. They have three children, Sophie, McCanna, and Ella. Gary's father is the film editor Robert L. Sinise, A.C.E. Spouse
Moira Harris(1981 - present) 3 children
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šoš LeVar Burton (Dec 29-30)
Levardis Robert Burton Jr.
5' 7" (1.70 m)
Stephanie Cozart Burton(3 October 1992 - present) 1 child Trivia
Daughter, Michaela born 
Graduated University of Southern California School of Theatre 1 son, 1980, decided by the courts after paternity suit. He won joint custody.
LeVar Burton's father, Levardis Robert Burton Senior, was a career Army NCO from 1954 to 1976. Levardis Burton retired in the rank of Sergeant First Class, just as his son's acting career was beginning to gain notoriety.
As of November 2003 holds the record for the most number of Star Trek episodes directed by a Star Trek actor. He has directed more than two-dozen episodes for every one of the four "modern era" Trek series. While co-starring in "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987), was also continuing his role as host of "Reading Rainbow" (1983). His character Geordi La Forge on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987) was named after George La Forge, a Star Trek fan who died from muscular dystrophy.
šoš Maybe this will help some other planners. I wish that I could see Levar Burton.
šoš Sincerely, Ray šoš