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Waves of Glory

Waves of Glory

Each year, Back Stage takes a look at cruise ship opportunities for performers. This year we decided to check in with folks who spend their time bringing entertainment to the floating masses and see what's new.

If you've never considered working on a cruise ship, you might want to take another look. Cruise ship entertainment has changed, and what with various unions taking turns going out on strike here on land, warbling on the water may be your best job in 2008.

Back Stage: So, what's new in cruise ship entertainment? Is there a trend?

Christopher Nichol, former cruise director, Princess Cruises: The caliber has gone up a hundred percent. People are used to going to resorts, and they want to see the things they'd see in Las Vegas or New York. They want to see that kind of a show on a ship, and that's what they're getting now. They've got theatres that hold 500 people to 1,200 people. They're seeing a tribute to a pop star or a Broadway-style revue with set pieces moving in and out, and in another room they'll have a comedian you've seen on HBO. It's nonstop entertainment now.

John Charron, senior director-choreographer for Stiletto Entertainment/ Holland America: We all want to be better than the next guy, so they're throwing more money into the productions themselves: sets, costumes — huge shows. Our stages are bigger than some Broadway theatres. And the bells and whistles we have are unbelievable. I can deliver my sets from the floor, from the fly space, from the wings. We have a million-dollar LED wall. We even have flying in one of our shows. We have a flying ballet.

Jill Marie Burke, cruise ship entertainer (Norwegian, Radisson): They have more updated, state-of-the-art stages, with hydraulic lifts and turntables and that kind of thing. But the trend that has really impressed me has been really high-caliber, talented people that I thought would never consider going out and doing cruise ships who have turned to that choice. In the last couple of years the names that I've heard have kind of floored me. I think it's both because work on land is more scarce and also because the quality of the shows has improved. I mean, in general it's still fluff, it's still "Vegas out at sea," but these ships are coming out with state-of-the-art conditions, new costumes — and the quality of the performers has really improved.

Andrea Rae, cruise ship singer (Cunard, Norwegian): There's a point of change right now. Not only do you have the production shows but, for example, on my ship, they had a Second City comedy troupe that was on board as well, and that was a new thing. They were trying out some new stuff with the bands. They hired somebody to really get them in shape and make them into great bands. They're really giving entertainment a tune-up. They're trying to be more and more innovative — appeal to more and more people.

Barbara Epstein, director and producer, Barbara Epstein & Associates: Well, the three shows I just put up for Azamara [a new, deluxe brand for Royal Caribbean/ Celebrity Cruises] were all revues, but unlike traditional cruise ship shows — which are in large showrooms with prerecorded music, dancers who just dance, and singers who just sing — these shows were all live, performed in cabaret rooms with a seven-piece live band and five performers who did everything. And these particular shows have a lot of funny dialogue and audience interaction. So I had to find people who could sing, act, move well, hold difficult harmonies, and handle comedy, which made it exceedingly difficult to cast, probably the hardest casting job I've ever had.

Back Stage: What's the biggest misconception about the job?

Nichol: Well, I think actually it's starting to wane a little bit now, but I think the conception was that you'd work on a cruise ship because you couldn't work on land. That was what people used to think of. You got on a cruise ship because you couldn't get a job in the theatre. But that's not the fact now. The fact is that the people who work on Broadway and on the West End are just dying to get on a cruise ship because they know they're going to get at least a six-month contract and they're going to be taken care of.

Burke: I just think cruise ships have always gotten a bad rap, but the fact is that some of the best people I've ever worked with have been on a cruise ship. I mean, I've worked with some inexperienced people too, but there were people with major Broadway credits out there.

Mindy McLemore, project manager, the Gary Musick Company: I think a common misconception is that it's cheesy — that all the shows are cheesy, the work is cheesy, and you're just a big ball of cheese up there. And from a certain perspective that may be true, but I think the production value of the shows that we've produced in the past, and that I think the industry is moving toward, is very content-oriented.

Douglas Senecal, general manager, Stiletto Entertainment: The biggest misconception that we face at auditions is, "Oh, it's just a cruise ship. It's not going to be challenging choreography. It's not going to be challenging singing. I'm not going to be able to perfect my craft." Couldn't be further from the truth. Now, granted, there are some [cruise] lines that will do step-touch-step-touch and sing "Waitin' for the Robert E. Lee." But Holland America has cutting-edge shows that push the envelope. Our guys don't create step-touch shows.

Back Stage: Beyond talent, what do you look for in performers who audition?

Rodi Alexander, cruise ship entertainer for 20 years and booker for Don Casino Productions: A great act; something that will pique the audience's attention.

Epstein: Great talent and wonderful accessibility.

Charron: We want nice people. You've got to be with these people for six months. I don't need any divas. Am I feeling attitude on that video?

Senecal: We have to do a 30-second psychological evaluation of them as they're singing, to see: Are we getting any weird vibes? Because you're going to put them in this enclosed ship.

McLemore: In our work with [Norwegian Cruise Line], they don't want someone who is just a dancer. They're looking for someone who not only, of course, has great technique and great skills as a performer; they're looking for someone who has personality and can really give the audience an experience and a connection. There are companies who are very, very strict about appearance — weight, height, their look — and that's really all they care about. In our casting, we've always cared a little more about who the performer is and what they bring to the table in terms of personality. With NCL in particular, they're definitely going away from that very cookie-cutter look.

Back Stage: Is everyone cut out for this job? What kinds of people don't take well to it?

Alexander: Someone who needs to be doing something constantly. Let's say you're on for a week. You may only perform twice.

Nichol: Each night may be a different show. You've got to be quick, and you've got to have a good brain.

Epstein: Two things can be really scary: If you're an overeater, it's a bad place to be, and if you're a big drinker, it's a bad place to be, because a lot of people drink every night on the ship because it's something to do. On the other hand, every ship has a gym. So you could get in a wonderful habit of working out twice a day, and you'll be in great shape.

Senecal: I've said this for the 22 years I've been in the business: You love it or you hate it. You get on board, and we have the people who can't wait to come back for the next contract, and you have people who are like, "Get me out of here."

McLemore: We tell people up front. At every audition, we give them all the bad side. If you're a person who does not thrive in an environment where there are rules and regulations, then ships are not for you. Because that's the other side of it. Yes, it's fun, it's great, you get to see the world, and you're getting paid to sing and dance, but you also have to be aware that you are one part of the big picture on a ship, and there are all these people that are above you, and there are certain procedures. So that's one thing. And also, if you're a person that doesn't do well in confined spaces, then a ship is not for you either. The cabins are small.

Back Stage: Any other considerations our readers should know about?

Epstein: I think the thing that's hard about the gig is that you're pulling yourself out of circulation for six months. So what you have to ask yourself is, "What am I getting in exchange for it?" I think if you know you're either going to go to places in the world you want to see or you're going to be doing shows that are going to work your chops and you're going to return saying, "I'm in the best voice I've ever been," or "I now have a skill," or something like that, then it's doing something for you. It can also be a great way to go away and get yourself out of debt.

Nichol: Just be prepared that once you sign a contract, you're committing yourself. It's not like the cruise ship can just pull in somewhere and get someone to fill your shoes, especially if you're a singer or dancer. It takes anywhere from three weeks up to eight weeks to learn all the material. If someone backs out, [it's hard to replace them]. Also, depending on your position, you might be sharing a small room — six months with someone who you may have just met. And unlike a Broadway show, you might only work three nights out of seven.

Rae: There's a bunch of things that you have to take into consideration when you go out on these things. For the most part, your family, your community is the cruise ship. Now, that could be amazing, or that could really suck, or it could be both.

Back Stage: What's the best thing about the gig?

Rae: It's an amazing training ground. I became a much better performer and a much more versatile performer by having these experiences. Especially if you're a young person and you're just starting out, it's an amazing experience, because you're doing so many different styles of music. My background was in opera; I had to sing pop music. That was new for me.

Charron: You come back a better dancer, a better singer, a better performer than when you left. It's almost a school.

McLemore: You absolutely cannot beat the fact that you're getting paid very good money — with no expenses — to sing and dance, and you wake up every morning and you're in a beautiful new port. Whether it's in the Caribbean or the Baltic or the Mediterranean or South America, Alaska, Hawaii, the travel aspect of it is truly great.

Alexander: I think it's an incredible opportunity — a chance to rest and relax and, at the same time, do your craft, which you love to do. And you see the world. When my family is with me, we're out touring. We've been to the Baltic and the Mediterranean and Italy and France and Spain and Russia and Germany. We were seeing the world, and it's amazing for that. Personally, I love it.

Where to 'ship' your headshots and résumés

Cruise Lines

Azamara/Celebrity Cruises

Contact info: Leigh-Ann

Thomason, Specialist

Entertainment Productions

(305) 262-6677

1050 Caribbean Way

Miami, FL 33132

Carnival Cruise Lines

Contact info: Simon Griffiths,

Production Manager

Carnival Productions

3655 NW 87th Ave.

Miami, FL 33178

(305) 599-2200

Number of vessels: 22

Hiring dates: Ongoing

Audition schedule: Hire by open-call auditions and by show reel submissions, which can be sent directly to the line; include a résumé and headshot. Approximately four to five national and international audition tours per year.

Audition locations: Visit Cities for 2008 include New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Atlanta, Chattanooga, Nashville, Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, and London. We also have agents in Russia and Australia.

Rehearsal time before boarding: Three to eight weeks for production shows

Length of contract: All dancer/singer contracts range from six to nine months

Salary information: Varies per performer

Medical: A full medical before hiring is required, and all employees are covered medically while onboard for up to a two-year period.

Additional services required: All dancers are required to do additional entertainment activities for which they are paid on a bonus system in additional to their weekly base salary. Dancers may also be able to earn additional money through the photo department by taking photographs with the guests. Production singers and adagio duos are not required to assist with entertainment activities.

Comments: Carnival seeks high-caliber talents, whether young performers starting their careers or older, more experienced performers, said Vice President of Cruise Programming, Roger Blum. It's different than dancing in Vegas, where you can have a family and go home after work. Here, on a ship, it's a different working environment — one that enables our entertainers to travel to beautiful destinations and get to know co-workers and guests from dozens of different countries. Plus, Carnival offers a comprehensive benefits package, including a shipboard retirement plan. As a result, we have a very loyal workforce and some dancers have been on our ships for more than ten years.

Crystal Cruises

Contact Info: Gretchen Goertz and Kathy Orme, Artistic Directors C/O 555 S. San Rafael Ave. Pasadena, CA 91105

(626) 441-6267

Fax: (626) 441-5111

Number of vessels: 3 (Crystal Harmony, Crystal Symphony, and Crystal Serenity)

Hiring dates: Periodically throughout the year. Detailed information available by visiting

Audition schedule: Periodically throughout the year

Audition location: Pasadena, CA

Submission policy: Promotional kit (cover, resumé, headshot, VHS/DVD of performance)

Rehearsal time before boarding: eight to 10 weeks

Types of shows: Broadway-style revues

Number of performers hired per ship: 14

Number of shows per cruise: Average, five production shows

Length of contract: One year

Travel areas: Worldwide

Salary information: On par with industry

Medical: Benefits included with performance contract

Additional services required of performer: Light cruise staff duties (library, bingo, trivia), in-port manning (as required by the vessel)

Perks: Yearly contracts and salaries, paid rehearsals and vacations, medical benefits, onboard-officer status with single cabin, elegant six-star cruising aboard the most glorious ships at sea.

Comments: Christopher Escamilla of Crystal Cruises says, Our international sailings have set the standard for six-star security abroad, using multi-leveled security procedures to ensure the patron's safety.

Cunard Line

Contact Info: Martin Lilly, Director of Entertainment

24305 Town Center Dr.

Santa Clarita, CA 91355

(661) 653-2450

Fax: (661) 753-0118

Number of vessels: 2 (QE2 and QM2). Third being built, QV2

Hiring dates: Year round

Audition locations: UK and Europe

Rehearsal time before boarding: four to five weeks, with pay

Types of shows: Las Vegas-style production shows

Number of performers hired per ship: 10: QE2, 16: QM2.

Number of shows per cruise: Two to four

Length of contract: Varies, with an average of six months

Travel areas: Worldwide

Salary information: Each salary is negotiated according to talent level and experience

Medical: Full coverage

Additional services required: Dependent on the contract, minimal staff duties. Most are entertainment-related.

Disney Cruise Line

Contact info:

Human Resources

200 Celebration Pl.

Celebration, FL 34747

(800) 951-3532

Entertainment Audition Hotline: (407) 566-7577

Fax résumés to (407) 566-7575; Attn: Entertainment

Audition Website:

General Ship-board information:

Number of vessels: 2

Hiring dates: Four fluctuating hiring seasons throughout the year

Submission policy: We do not hire from video audition submission.

Audition schedule: For information on the next scheduled audition, see audition website.

Rehearsal time before boarding: Six to eight weeks in Toronto

Types of shows: Currently casting for four original musical theatre-style shows performed in repertory

Number of performers hired per ship: 30

Length of contract: 7 to 9 months, including rehearsal

Additional services required: Safety drills. No cruise staff duties.

More information can be found at

Comments: Also looking for experienced cruise directors, deputy and assistant cruise directors, cruise staff, technical supervisors and technical personnel including audio lighting, video, special effects props, costumers, carpenters, stage hands, show-controlled engineers, and automated system riggers.

Holland America/Stiletto Entertainment

Contact info: Ken Romero and Kim Stowe, Casting Supervisors Douglas Senecal, General Manager, Cruise Ship Operations

8295 S. La Cienega Blvd.

Inglewood, CA. 90301

(310) 957-5757

Number of vessels: 14

Hiring dates: Ongoing

Audition schedule: Ongoing

Audition locations: Country-wide. Check website for up-to-the-minute details.

Rehearsal time before boarding: One month prior. All accommodations are provided.

Types of shows: Varied — standard Broadway, tribute to Broadway, jazz or big-band show, tribute to country, rock 'n' roll, or generic pop, classic '50s-type, doo-wop theme.

Number of performers hired per ship: 10 to 14

Number of shows per cruise: Between three and five, based on a seven-to-10-day cruise

Length of contract: Six months

Travel areas: Worldwide

Salary information: $3,033-$5,416/month for singers, $2,883-$3,683/month for dancers.

All meals and accommodations provided.

Medical: Medical coverage while on board

Additional services required: Passenger interaction activities only. No cruise staff duties.

Perks: After qualifying number of contract days with Holland America, performer and a guest, or parents, get a free cruise. Friends and family can be brought onboard at a reduced cost once qualifying days are completed. Performers have officer status.

Comments: Please consult our Web site to see what life at sea is all about. Come on aboard! Audition for our cruise ship contracts. It's a wonderful opportunity to perform, do what you love to do and get paid for it while you meet new people and travel, says General Manager of Cruise Ship Operations, Douglas Senecal.

Imperial Majesty Cruise Line

Contact info: Andrea Lasapio

4161 NW Fifth St., Suite 200

Plantation, FL 33317-2158

(954) 453-4625, (877) 772-IMCL

Fax: (954) 453-4626

Number of vessels: 1

Hiring dates: At the end of each eight-month contract

Audition schedules: Ongoing

Production hiring: Twice per year through Global Entertainment in Greece. Please check

Web site for more detailed information.

Rehearsal time before boarding: Approximately three-week training with Production

Manager. Once on-board, rehearsals every day for a few hours.

Types of shows: Musical revue (singing and dancing), duo (popular music), piano

Number of performers hired per ship: 15

Number of shows per cruise: Four revues

Length of contract: Eight to 10 months per year

Salary information: Varies

Medical: Required coverage

Norwegian Cruise Line/Norwegian Cruise Line America Entertainment

Contact info:Sue Carper (comedians, magicians, variety acts, cabaret vocalists, cabaret instrumentalists)

(305) 436-4680

7665 Corporate Center Dr.

Miami, FL 33126

Number of vessels: 14

Hiring dates: Year round

Submission policy: Video/CD promo (not returned)

Types of shows: Musical revues and cabaret

Number of shows per cruise: one (performed twice) with a possible second show in a secondary lounge; possible welcome aboard (15 minutes), one main show (45 minutes) repeated twice, 1 possible split show (20-25 minutes), 1 possible farewell show (15 minutes).

Length of contract: Varies

Travel areas: Mediterranean, Scandinavia, Alaska, Caribbean, Hawaii, South America, Bermuda, Mexican Riviera, Baltics, Antarctica

Advice for performers: Work on your craft.

Princess Cruise Lines

Contact info: Kerry Lovegrove,

Manager of Show Productions

Production Shows/Dancers/Vocalists

Entertainment Department

24305 Town Center Dr.

Santa Clarita, CA 91355

(661) 753-2430

Fax: (661) 753-0118

Number of vessels: 16

Hiring dates: Continuous

Audition schedule: None posted at present due to high percentage of returning performers

Submission policy: Résumé, photo, video/DVD footage

Rehearsal time before boarding: Four weeks prior to contract

Types of shows: Broadway, contemporary, MTV, and Vegas

Number of performers hired per ship: Varies from ship to ship, but basically seven girls, six boys, and four lead vocalists

Number of shows per cruise: Varies from ship to ship and depends on itineraries

Length of contract: Approximately six months

Travel areas: Caribbean, Alaska, New England, Europe, Baltic, Asia, Australia, South America

Perks: Dancer-only contracts, no duties, no curfews. Vocalists have passenger status, single outside accommodation, guest travel

New additions/provisions for 2008: New ship, Ruby Princess

Advice for performers: Performing on a cruise ship is not easy. Changes that occur during the contract — injuries, weather conditions, new shows, technical difficulties — can be frustrating, and...these problems are not easily corrected, unlike [with] land-based organizations. So being adaptable and supportive to change is required when onboard, comments Kerry Lovegrove.

Royal Caribbean International

Contact info:

MaryAnn Delany, director of Entertainment

Paul Hardy, managing producer, Entertainment

Christi Coachman-Orengo, manager, Casting & Shipboard Operations

Jerre Taylor-Feeney, Singers

Patrick Mullaney, Dancers

Royal Caribbean Productions

2700 Hollywood Boulevard

Hollywood, FL 33020

(954) 925-0417

Fax: (954) 922-7545

Hiring dates: Continuous

Audition schedule: Many scheduled all over the world (see Web site for audition calendar and specific dates).

Audition locations: Worldwide

Submission policy: Video submissions accepted in certain format (detailed information on website).

Rehearsal schedule before boarding: Four to six weeks

Types of shows: Contemporary theatrical stage productions

Number of performers hired per ship: 12 to 18

Length of contract: Six to eight months

Number of vessels: 22

Travel areas: Caribbean, Alaska, Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada/New England, Hawaii, Mexico, Europe, Pacific Northwest, Panama Canal, and Asia

Salary information: Varies

Medical: Yes

Additional services required by performers: No additional cruise staff duties.

Perks: Rehearsal per diem, state-of-the-art rehearsal facility, housing provided, guest cruise privileges, professional working environment, contemporary productions

Salary information: Given upon offer of contract

Advice for performers: "Come in with an open mind, ready to sing and dance! Of course after all the work is complete there is plenty of time to enjoy each destination along with the opportunity to travel the world. You even get paid for this," says Christi Coachman, Manager, Casting & Shipboard Operations for Royal Caribbean International.

Booking Agents

Bramson Entertainment Bureau, Inc.

Contact info: Linda Raff

630 Ninth Ave., Ste. 203

New York, NY 10036

(212) 265-3500

Florida Office: Jan Stenning

(954) 423-8853

Cruise line clients: Holland America, Princess, Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Celebrity, Radisson Seven Seas, Crystal Cruises, Oceania, Cunard, Saga, Royal Olympic, Asuka (NYK Cruises).

Types of performers hired: Variety artists, pianists, vocalists, harpists, magicians, comics, musicians, comedy jugglers

Hiring dates: Ongoing

Audition schedule: Videotapes only

Length of contract: Varies

Salary information: Varies

Medical: None

Comments: As for auditions, ideally, if we can see a videotape of a live performance — and it can be a 45-minute show — that's the best thing to see for this particular market, says Bramson Agency President Linda Raff. She also adds that security on the ships has been built up in the last few years. Everybody must travel with a passport nowadays, even if they are not going outside of the country. They have to have everybody's pertinent information ahead of time. Getting on a ship now, you need to have official paperwork from the cruise line that you are supposed to be onboard. If you fly to join a ship, you have to have a boarding letter. The security is also beefed up in all of the port areas as well.

Don Casino Productions, Inc.

Contact info: Wendy Friedman

20880 West Dixie Hwy., Ste. 105

Miami, FL 33180

(305) 931-7552

Cruise line clients: All lines including Royal Caribbean, Norwegian, Celebrity, Holland America, Carnival, Princess, Disney, Cunard, etc. Submission policy: Showcase on Feb. 10, 2008. Send DVD's to DCP Types of performers hired:

Comedians, vocalists, jugglers, magicians, hypnotists, instrumentalists, groups, novelty acts, etc.

Hiring dates: Ongoing

Length of contract: From two days to six months

Salary information: Varies

Medical: Access to on-ship doctor

Neal Hollander Agency

Contact info: Neal Hollander

9936 Majorca Pl.

Boca Raton, FL 33434

(561) 482-1400

Cruise line clients: Celebrity Cruises, Princess, Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Crystal, Norwegian, Disney

Types of performers hired: Variety acts, musicians, bands, pianists, cabaret acts.

Hiring dates: Ongoing

Length of contract: Varies. Major names could go on for weeks. Bands, usually three months at a time

Salary information: Varies

Medical: Must have a full medical and drug test before boarding

Advice for performers: Performers have to get themselves a promo package, including video, and then get out to the agents of the cruise ships to see if they can get hired. Once they get the job, my best advice is to stay away from the casino, chuckles Neal Hollander, founder of the agency.

Proship Entertainment

Contact info: Greg Buckles, Account Manager

Proship Entertainment Inc.

980 Saint Antoine West, suite #710

Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3W 3C2

(514) 485-8823

Toll-Free for USA and Canada: (888) 477-6744

Fax: (514) 485-2675

Cruise line clients: Crystal, Celebrity, Cunard, Seabourn, Princess, P&O, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, Windstar Sail Cruises, V-Ships, Carnival, Compagnie des Iles du Ponant, and more

Land clients: Proship is currently developing land markets for its performance staffing services including hotels, casinos, resorts, circuses, permanent and touring shows.

Types of performers recruited: show orchestra musicians, cocktail pianists, piano bar entertainers, solo guitarist/vocalists, classical guitarists, harpists, vocalists, guest entertainers, and dancers.

Types of musical groups recruited: Lounge bands, contemporary bands, party bands, jazz bands, tropical island bands, Latin bands, a cappella groups, classical ensembles.

Types of non-performance candidates recruited: Guest entertainers, cruise directors, assistant cruise directors, animator, cruise staff, disc jockeys, social hostesses, broadcast managers, videographers, ITV managers, audio-visual managers, sound technicians, light technicians, audio-visual technicians

Hiring dates: Ongoing

Audition locations: Worldwide

Submission policy: 30-minute videotape, preferably live. Audio files if applicable.

Recent photographs, resume, description of performance

Number of performers hired per ship: Currently around 1,000 per year

Salary information: Ranges greatly. Call for more information.

Length of contract: From two weeks to six months

Medical: Full medical coverage, must possess a pre-employment physical examination.

Production Companies

Barbara Epstein & Associates

Contact info:

Barbara Epstein & Associates

11689 Sunshine Terrace

Studio City, CA91604

Cruise line clients: Azamara/Celebrity

Hiring dates: March 2008 and August 2008

Audition locations: LA, NY, London, others TBD in February and July.

Submission policy: DVDs, picture and resume. Need to see performance on DVD: singing, dancing, and musical COMEDY. Want to see a character song or interaction with an audience.

Rehearsal time before boarding: One month in Los Angeles

Types of shows: Musical revues, difficult tight harmonies, lots of comedy and dialogue and interaction with an audience, dance ability a plus

Number of performers hired per ship: Five, each one a star.

Length of contract: 6-month performance contracts (one-month rehearsal period not included.)

Salary information: Highest in the cruise ship business. Depends on experience. Each contract negotiated individually with talent or their agent. Vocal and dance captain make a premium.

Medical: There is a complete medical exam. Info provided by Celebrity. Celebrity reimburses performer for the physical.

Comments: Also, each person has their own passenger, outside cabin. Guest entertainer/passenger status. Not crew status.

FJM Productions

Contact info:

7305 West Sample Road, Suite #101

Coral Springs, Florida 33065


Cruise line clients: Celebrity Cruises

Submission policy: Send c/o Samantha Persaud 8X10, Bio, c.v. and video (DVD)

Hiring dates: six times per year

Audition schedule: TBA on website

Audition locations: TBA on website

Length of contract: six months minimum

Types of performers hired: Dancers (jazz and ballet), singers (tenors and sopranos)

Types of shows: Variety

Rehearsal time before boarding: Four weeks in Orlando at Hardrive Productions

Salary info: Call office for info

Medical: Required

Travel areas: Europe, Australia, Caribbean, Alaska, and USA

Comments: Talent must be 18 years and older. Must be professional, with experience and performance skills. The

Gary Musick Company

Contact info:

Cruise Ship Auditions

Attn: Mindy McLemore

Gary Musick Productions

885 Elm Hill Pike

Nashville, TN 37210

(615) 259-2400

Cruise line clients: Celebrity Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines

Submission policy: If unable to attend live auditions, please send a non-returnable videotape (VHS preferred), CDV or DVD, with picture and resume.

Hiring dates: Year round, but most intensely from November through January and May through June

Audition schedule: Fall/winter. Check website for details.

Audition locations: London, New York, Toronto, Nashville

Length of contract: Six months plus a four-to-six week rehearsal period

Types of performers hired: singers and dancers

Types of shows: Challenging, Broadway-style musical reviews with varying themes

Rehearsal time before boarding: Four weeks in Nashville

Salary info: Singers: 800 to 1200 weekly, dancers: 450 to 700 weekly

Medical: A physical exam, documented on the cruise line paperwork, is required.

Travel areas: Caribbean, Mediterranean, Baltic, Hawaii, Alaska, New Zealand/Australia

Advice for performers: We seek versatile, highly skilled singers and dancers who love to perform. Your ability to sell and communicate with the audience through your performance are highly considered in our casting process.

Jean Ann Ryan Productions

Contact info: Jean Ann Ryan, President

308 S.E. 14th St.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

(954) 523-6399

Fax: (954) 523-5407

Cruise line clients: Include Norwegian, P&O, Silversea.

Number of vessels: Twelve-plus, and increasing each year

Hiring dates: Year round

Audition schedule: Check Web site, Backstage, Backstage West, and all other trade publications for a listing of our audition dates and times.

Audition locations: U.S., Europe, and Australia several times a year. Check out Web site for exact cities and dates. New cities added each year. Also by appointment in Fort Lauderdale.

Submission policy: CDs, DVDs, videos, pictures, and résumés. Press packets are accepted year round.

Rehearsal time before boarding: Varies per project; new shows debuting on vessels: approximately six weeks; cast changes: usually three weeks prior to boarding and one week onboard prior to opening. Rehearsals on land take place in Fort Lauderdale at our rehearsal facility.

Types of shows: Cirque shows, contemporary song-and-dance shows, concert-style revues, Broadway musical revues, working with production teams from Cameron

Mackintosh and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's Really Useful Group

Number of performers hired per ship: Approximately 300 total performers per year

Number of shows per cruise: Varies. Usually three to four productions per vessel. Length of contract: Three to six months. Once a performer completes a contract on one vessel, we like to move them to another vessel. This enables us to offer a performer long-term work with variety.

Travel areas: Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, Canada, New England, Europe, South America, Australia, and Asia

Salary information: Based on position and discussed at the time of contract

Additional services required of performer: Varies per ship. The majority are performers only. Principal singers are often given the opportunity to perform their own cabaret.

Perks: Travel, room, and board included. Exposure and work with Cameron Mackintosh and Really Useful Group.

New additions/provisions for 2008: Norwegian will debut a new mega liner, the

Norwegian Jade, within the next few months, with an exciting and varied free-style entertainment program. Additionally, P&O's new Flagship Ventura will debut this spring with seven new production shows. And there will be a new program on the six-star Silversea ships.

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Contact info: Stacy Straney,

Casting Director

1353 North Courtney Parkway, Ste. Y

Merritt Island, FL 32953

(321) 453-2313, ext. 12

Cruise line clients: Princess Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises.

Hiring dates: Ongoing.

Audition schedule: Ongoing.

Audition location: Locations and dates posted on Submission policy: Audio and video tapes/DVDs sent to above address, or email to

Rehearsal time before boarding: Four to six weeks

Types of shows: Musical revues of various styles: musical theater, country, swing, nostalgia, ballroom, and pop music of the 60s and 70s

Number of performers hired per ship: Eight to 12

Types of performers hired: Singers, singer/dancers, and dancers, including ballroom dance couples.

Number of shows per cruise: Four to six, depending on cruise length

Length of contract: Six months

Salary information: $400-$1,200/week

Additional services required: Some ships require cruise staff social responsibilities.

Other: Some single, some double accommodations. Worldwide itineraries.

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