Storyteller's Spotlight at Disney's D23 Expo

September 10, 2022

In coordinating green and tan apparel sponsored by Vans, three Get Lit Players had the opportunity to take the stage at the D23 Expo this weekend.

This was the first D23 Expo since 2019.  Sam Luo, Sophia Bazini and Jonathan Smith wrote and performed a group poem at the Hyperion Theater in Los Angeles. The group of players opened for the expo’s Storyteller’s Spotlight, a panel that demonstrated the diversity of Walt Disney Company as they approach their 100 year anniversary.

The poets performed their poem, “The Magic of Storytelling,” which highlighted the importance of diversity and representation in films and stories.

For Bazini, attending and performing at the D23 Expo, the ultimate Disney Fan Fest, was the opportunity of a lifetime.

“It was such a meaningful experience because I was able to tell my story and portray the real me to others,” said Bazini.

On top of their dynamic performance, the players also had tons of fun. They participated in workshops where they could act as morning show hosts and savor the moment with a picture. They received tons of cool swag and pins, and got to see hundreds of Disney fans dress up in cool costumes.  

Following their performance, stars from Black Panther, Michael James Scott (who plays the Genie in Aladdin on Broadway), and Taboo from the Black Eyed Peas took the stage.

“Seeing everyone on stage was so powerful,” said Bazini. “They were able to be successful despite so much against them in this industry. It was amazing.”

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