CDenke’s Event Journal

Wishyouwerehere 090413
Saturday October 12, 2013 / 8:00pm (Preview)
When You Wish: The Story of Walt Disney
2 tickets
Assigned at Box Office

How was your experience?

Clear I hated it I didn't like it It was OK I liked it I loved it!
Acting, dancing well done. The story is the problem. Too much negative connected by odd disconnecting dance. We don't feel hopeful especially because we know the end of the story and are disappointed about the "dirt" on Walt - not paying his bills, sleazy tricks about paying bills, treating employees badly. Those of us who admire Walt Disney for incredible courage and unshaking faith are disappointed by the bombardment of negative things that happen without a thread of hope and positive attitude. The story doesn't arc, especially in the first half and it makes it difficult to want to see the second. Clearly the writer must not understand entrepreneurship and the struggle it is for every one who goes down that road. The brother is too old in the first half and the narration isn't that helpful. Disney was a visionary and we only get a hint of that between the disasters he seems to cause and how his business really worked. Another try on story would be helpful as you develop the piece. It has great potential but not with the current story structure. Study what is involved in entrepreneurship and visionaries and then you might be able to rescue this important work. To make this successful you will have to capture what made Walt Disney great - right now that is missing.