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Jessica McMahon (Class of 2017) is celebrating her selection for the sought-after role of a Paris Disneyland performer.
An excited Jessica, from the Pakenham Campus, recently learned that she made it through the rigorous selection process, which began with 300 performing artists and was whittled down to just a lucky few.
As well as her considerable skills as an actor and dancer, Jessica believes her height of just 149cm may have helped her score the roles of ‘Mickey Mouse’, ‘Minnie Mouse’ and ‘Stitch’ from the famous ‘Lilo and Stitch’ duo.
Jessica has a long history of performing arts involvement at Beaconhills College, with lead roles in many College productions including her most recent role as the ‘Scarecrow’ in The Wizard of Oz.
Her mum Louise McMahon has also helped design costumes for College productions for many years.
Jessica auditioned in July 2017 for a performer’s role at Shanghai Disneyland but was not successful. Undeterred, she made it through the series of auditions in Sydney for Paris Disneyland, finishing with an interview.
“In the first round, which was animation, they gave you a classic Disney character – for example you had to be a villain, or pretend to be a pirate,” Jessica said. Next was a dance round, followed by what she called an “awkwardness round’, where performers were observed to see which character they could best resemble.
While the characters she will play are non-speaking ones, Jessica admits she will have to brush up on her French before she flies out to France in March 2018. She described it as her dream job.
“I always wanted to have a paid gap year,” she said. “Hopefully I can make my way up the Disney hierarchy.” She eventually hopes to be a live theatre performer.
Jess as the ‘Scarecrow’ in this year’s production of The Wizard of Oz at Beaconhills
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