“Coming from a commercial theme park setting to Re-Creation, many would feel that this decision would be “taking a step back”, but I am here to say that it is the exact opposite! The amazing private vocal training, Ballet training, and the intense high octane performance order all under direction of some of the best educators in the entertainment business has really helped me not only grow as a performer but also as an individual! I’ve learned so much about my voice and dance technique that I feel very confident for future vocal and performance auditions! Re-Creation gives you the exact training that you will need in order to have a successful audition for a theme park, cruise line, or entertainment company. This has definitely been a decision worth making! I believe that it’s never taking a step back if you make the most out of this opportunity and give 100% percent, and that’s what Re-Creation offers! You work hard, give it your all, and know that anything is possible with the right work ethic and training! That’s what Re-Creation has showed me!”
DAVID REED RC 38
Disney Theme Parks, National Tours, Dorney Park
I earned my BA in Vocal Performance and immediately began hitting open calls at theme parks and cruiseships. Things were not as glorifying as I had anticipated and not one callback to my name. My family had seen a Re-Creation show and sent me the link to their website. At first dance, joining the group locked like it would be a fun experience and a chance for me to sing everyday. You could say that I had no idea what I was diving into. I was invited to join the 35th edition and almost as soon as I did, my life changed morally, personally, vocally and every which way you can think. I couldn’t have made a better decision! The personal training and feedback is unparalleled and I’m all the better for embarking on that journey. I’ve had steady work and lead roles in legitimate theatres. And my next step is really exciting… I’ll be singing in a new theatre show at Dollywood this upcoming season! I owe so much gratitude to Re-Creation for my success in improving my vocal performance, confidence, and finally being recognized at auditions. If you’re a performer looking to hone your craft, you cannot underestimate the Re-Creation experience!
KATELYN STILLMAN RC 35, 36
BA Vocal Performance, Longwood University,
Dollywood, Hersheypark and Carnival Cruise Lines
During my senior year of high school, I was unsure about my next step. I had been accepted to college, but didn’t feel ready. I’d heard about the performance opportunity with Re-Creation, contacted them, auditioned and joined two days after my high school graduation. That decision was life changing. I committed to one year with the group, but quickly realized I was in no hurry to leave. I served in Re-Creation for 2 years, then entered college, earned a degree in Elementary Education. I taught for 10 years. I was also very active in local theater and hit the jackpot with a show about Patsy Cline. I portrayed Cline, to sold out shows for months. That brought me enough notoriety to produce and’ star in my own Christmas show each year. In 2001, I was hired by WICU in Erie, Pa., the NBC news affiliate. I have been the nightly news anchor for the TV station since that time. When I look back and reflect on what brought me to this place in my life and career I realize that it all started with the life lessons I learned in Re-Creation. I developed a sense of compassion, patience, and a strong work ethic. Taking on responsibilities, and completing them to the best of my abilities made me feel worthwhile, and that my life had great purpose. I carry those traits today in my job, my performing, and my responsibilities as wife and mother. Dedicate one or two years of your life to Re-Creation and I guarantee you’ll learn how precious life is…and what amazing things you can do with your time here on earth!
AMANDA POST RC 10, 11
Nightly News Anchor, WICU 12 News, Erie, PA
Amanda Post Christmas Show, Always, Patsy Cline, Opryland USA
“I have been an athlete for as long as I can remember. It wasn’t until my senior year of college when I was cast as an extra in the movie High School Musical 3, that I felt like there might be an opportunity for me in entertainment. Soon after, I auditioned for and was cast as a part of Re-Creation’s 36th edition. I spent two years in service with Re-Creation. During that time, I received top notch training in performance, professional and personal skill sets. And since leaving the group, I’ve found these skills to be invaluable to me as I attempt to make my mark in the commercial performing world. The auditioning process is brand new territory for me. But when I walk into a room to sing in front of a panel of professional casting directors, I don’t feel at a disadvantage. I feel prepared. I owe much of that confidence to experience gained from Re-Creation. Since hitting the circuit, I’ve received professional callbacks at nearly every audition! I am increasingly thankful to Re-Creation for a priceless experience that has changed my life!”
MITCHELL RAINS RC 36, 37
Busch Gardens, Tampa and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines,
Princess Cruise Lines
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Re-Creation is a great step into the world of professional entertainment. Not only did I get the chance to perform for thousands of people in exciting shows and better myself as a performer, I got a chance to learn all aspects of the business. With Re-Creation you learn to set up your own equipment, maintain costumes and props, deal with clients, problem solve on the run, and everything else that makes a show happen. You don’t get an opportunity like this in many companies. Now I’ve traveled all over the world and performed for hundreds of thousands of people.
ASHLEY DONELSON RC30
Holland America Cruise Lines