Some of our readers already appreciate the intensity of the preparations we undertake for our entertainment and activities. Here is Lisa and her team’s insider view into some of the Oasis shows:
It is truly amazing to see the amount of the behind the scenes work it takes to create, produce and eventually perform a Royal Caribbean Show. Typically our casts rehearse for seven weeks before they even arrive at the ship!
For Oasis, we had cast of “Come Fly with Me,” a Production show featuring aerial and gymnastic artistry, rehearsing at the Don Taft arena at Nova University, the ice cast in California, the cast of Hairspray at our Hollywood Florida Production Studio (Royal Caribbean is the only brand in the industry with a dedicated shore side production facility) and the cast for the aquatheatre shows had the opportunity to train at the City of Fort Lauderdale & International Swimming Hall Of Fame prior to heading to Turku.
While all our production shows require elaborate planning, without a doubt, the most complex shows we have ever done are the shows for our aquatheatre. There is a very high level of complexity with everything this cast had to do, including getting the Acro/Aqua cast PADI Scuba certification as anyone who goes into the pool had to have this type of training. This cast consists of eight divers, six synchronized swimmers and six acrobats/divers. These divers are highly talented and come from the ranks of world class Jr. Olympic and Olympic divers.
In addition to rehearsing the singing, choreography, diving and flying, the casts also have strength training and conditioning workouts, and costume fittings.
While the performance of the water show had it’s own level of complexity, the actual multi million dollar venue was also a first for us, so to get the lifts, lighting, sound, and special effects into place took a considerable effort and longer than we had planned. The process was at times very difficult for the cast and producers, battling everything from rough seas on the crossing which prevented them from getting into the pool, to cold weather, to technical start up malfunctions on some of the new equipment, to problems with the chlorination levels. As a result, the Oasis of Dreams water show hasn’t been 100% completed, however each performance has resulted in audiences being on their feet before the show is even over and robust standing ovations from our guests. I must note that no one would know that the show isn’t complete, but we know. So we march on to finalize. All of the initial challenges with the lighting and lifts have been addressed, and the cast is proud and excited about their performances. We will continue to fine tune some of the scenes and diving sequences over the next few weeks to dot the I’s and cross the T’s and cross that 100% line.
Overall, the entertainment team delivered incredible shows on Oasis, all of which are generating exceptionally high guest satisfaction scores. Adam mentioned I would give you some behind the scenes scoop, so I will share that the biggest competition onboard is between all the performers, because each cast wants to beat the ice show for the highest ratings. Safe to say so far that while all the shows are getting very high scores, the ice show continues to get the highest ratings at sea!