In a nondescript building in North Miami, two dozen dancers in bouncing yellow skirts are high kicking the cancan, aerialists are spinning perilously high from silk cords and frantic seamstresses are hemming outfits in a costume shop just over 18,000 square meters.
Royal Caribbean International’s cruise line directs 134 shows in 50 theaters on 26 ships around the world, including seven Broadway-originating shows, eight aqua shows, 18 ice shows and dozens of original musicals.
There are 14 dance studios, 15 rehearsal rooms, a recording studio, gymnasiums and auditorium.
Nearby are living accommodations for 470 of the performers.
Often dismissed in the past as second-tier, cruise entertainment has evolved to a genre that Royal Caribbean says commands some of the best talent and technology around.
Typical theater productions will rotate in new cast members periodically, but Royal Caribbean prefers to sign performers to roughly nine-month contracts.
When it’s over, the cruise line casts a new set of performers and begins again.
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