Harpist, thank you SO much! You answered everything! I'm glad I asked, so thank you once again! Also, sorry about question #3. I had an idea of that question, but I couldn't quite get the words out, if you know what I mean. I was also on a lited time basis, but you answered everything quite nicely!Michkay: Technically, there is an audition near me on St. Patrick's Day but I can't go to it I'm a Civil War Re-enactor and there is a cannon certification thing on that day and if I can't go I'm not allowed to fire the cannon anymore. And it's too much fun not to do! But I plan on applying/auditioning again next year, after I graduate. My school is going through a quarter to semester conversion and trying to work out the kinks, and I transferred there from a school on semesters so they're trying to figure out if they need to reevaluate my credits because I went from semesters to quarters and now back to semesters! I figured I would just wait until I graduated and then worry about Disney! I have been told that fur is actually more fun than face. Face takes so much more work to get ready, plus the fur characters are always over the top in acting. And, after the day is over, fur friends can ride the buses back and listen to kids talk about meeting Mickey or something. Face characters have specifics, but they can be altered by directors and do reflect what friends the character already has. Like, generally speaking, Snow White has a very round face and Aurora has a very prominent jaw line, but SW's round face and what makes Aurora's jaw line are open to interpretation by the current casting director. Sometimes what friends the character already has makes an impact on casting, but not always. Like, for awhile there were a bunch of round-face Alice/Wendys and now there aren't as many. But, for example, just because WDW hired an Alice with crooked teeth, it didn't cause other crooked-teeth Alices to be hired (unfortunately, because I have one crooked tooth and it drives me insane!). And yes, sometimes it's the 50th try that gets you hired, sometimes it's the 1st. It all depends on the casting director and what they're looking for that day.
hmj97: Welcome! I will try to answer as many of your questions as I can! "Character Look-A-Like" is technically the correct Disney term for face characters and "Character Performer" is technically the correct Disney term for fur characters. Just a heads up though, in order to be face you also have to be fur, so if you want to be a face look for an audition like this one! Disney face characters are taught how to put on their makeup the first couple of times and then you are expected to do it yourself. I doubt that there are any pictures of this chart because generally speaking, no pictures are allowed to be taken backstage. The only time the rule gets bended is if it's of the characters in character. That would probably classify as a Disney secret and would be a no-no! I'm not entirely sure what you mean by question 3. The friend that I have who is a face character will have a shift from like 4:30 p.m. -3 a.m. but she will be in the same place the entire time, with scheduled breaks. Height is a big deciding factor in determining your friends. If you look dead-on Alice but are 5'9", you can't be friends with her because your height ranges are different. You may be casted as all of your face friends right away, or you may have to go back to another audition if a new character is introduced. If you have multiple friends like that, who you are with each day changes. For example, the person I know has two face friends and two fur friends. On Monday she might hang out with face 1, Tuesday face 2, Wednesday fur 1, and Thursday fur 2. All characters have wigs and everyone wears wig caps. The wigs have been updated every so often so SW from ten years ago won't be wearing the same wig she does today, but it will be styled closer to the movie's. Makeup is stage makeup. I know that they use Ben Nye makeup, and that is stage makeup. You will probably come in with your base (foundation, concealor) and put on the makeup that defines the character. Sorry I can't be more specific but they're not really allowed to talk about that sort of stuff. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask!