Performing on the High Seas
Every day, performers take to their stages on floating palaces around the world. Some thrive on the schedule that differs from traditional theater – multiple shows a night, sometimes doing shows in rep, or only working 3-4 days out of the week. The experiences vary, but there are some things that are consistent when performing on a ship.
“It’s a challenging, rewarding experience,” states Randall Moody, currently working a 6-month contract on Glacial Palace Cruise Lines. “One of the shows I’m in is a Broadway revue. It reminds me of my Equity tour, where we had to play like a million characters each. Such good training.”
One of the biggest differences when performing at sea, though, is how to handle life on stage when waters get rough. “I remember this one show got really bad,” continued Moody. “Set pieces were moving. We just kept going like they always say you should. At one point one of the curtain legs came down partway. I guess you could say we literally brought down the house that night.”
In contrast to some of the more challenging aspects of the job, performing on a cruise comes with many additional perks as well.
“When we’re not on stage we pretty much have the run of the ship,” Moody recalls gleefully. “And when we pull into ports, I try to take in all of the sights I can. It’s like the best job ever.”
Depending on the cruise line you’ll find both equity performers, like Moody, as well as non-union performers. So whether you’re new to the biz and want to see the world, or a seasoned performer looking for a change of scene, it’s quite possible that the next perfect job for you is performing on the high seas.