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A cast member
- An actor
An actor is a person who acts in a dramatic production and who works in film, television, theatre, or radio in that capacity...
who performs in a theatrical production
Theatre is a collaborative form of fine art that uses live performers to present the experience of a real or imagined event before a live audience in a specific place. The performers may communicate this experience to the audience through combinations of gesture, speech, song, music or dance...
, motion picture, or television program
A television program , also called television show, is a segment of content which is intended to be broadcast on television. It may be a one-time production or part of a periodically recurring series...
. The actors who perform in the show are collectively referred to as the cast.
- A cast member is any employee of the various Disney theme parks, including the original Disneyland Park in Anaheim, California
Anaheim is a city in Orange County, California. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city population was about 365,463, making it the most populated city in Orange County, the 10th most-populated city in California, and ranked 54th in the United States...
and the Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World Resort , is the world's most-visited entertaimental resort. Located in Lake Buena Vista, Florida ; approximately southwest of Orlando, Florida, United States, the resort covers an area of and includes four theme parks, two water parks, 23 on-site themed resort hotels Walt...
. This terminology is derived from Walt Disney's use of theatrical analogies when referring to park operations.
The word cast comes from the Old English word ' casten
' or ' kasta
'(c.1230), to throw in, to consider, plot, imagine, and design.. This ultimately led to its meaning when referring to a "group of actors in a play" (c.1631).