A dream come true - Elle Ingarra '13

When Elle Ingarra found out she was hired by Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., she was so happy she cried.

Ingarra, a theatre major, will be part of the Disney College Program this fall and will be a character performer at the popular theme park. “Because of my height, I’m 5 foot, there are a few roles I am suited for,” Ingarra said, adding that her recent character audition was one of the best auditions she’s ever had.

“When I was a kid, I went to Disney and walked into the Magic Kingdom and said, ‘this is my home,’” Ingarra said. “I remembered all the cast members who gave me a magical experience when I was a kid and I want to give those memories to others.”

Ingarra, of Cheshire, Conn., went through a competitive interview process that began in February with an online application and web-based interview before moving on to a phone interview. Although she thought she would be nervous about the phone interview, she said her theatre training and background was very helpful. She also said Dr. N.J. Stanley, associate professor of theatre, has been extremely supportive.

“In talking with J., I felt prepared,” Ingarra said. “I knew what I had to do.”

Ingarra will be in Orlando from Aug. 19 through Jan. 3 and will have the opportunity to apply again or extend her internship. “I will be there during the best times: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. I know it will be a lot of hard work. It’s a job. But I’ve worked extremely hard these past four years and it will be worth it.”

She said her ultimate goal would be to end up back in theatre, perhaps performing in Disney on Broadway.

“I would be the happiest kid on Earth,” she said. “Performing and the arts – it’s in my blood.”

She said it’s hard to believe that in a few months she will be moving to Florida and living out her dream.

“This will be the experience of a lifetime,” she said. “I can’t wait to see the behind-the-scenes of the entertainment industry – I want to be a part of that.”

Useful Resources

Other Lycoming Stories