Royal Caribbean Cruises
Ltd. (RCCL) dedicated a new practice area for performers at Florida International
University that will allow it to train more performers.
The 130,000-square-foot rehearsal and production studio has ceilings as high as 36 feet to
provide training space for aerialists, who perform on many ships.
The facility was built in partnership with FIU on the
school’s Biscayne Bay campus in North Miami. RCCL Chairman Richard Fain was on
hand to open the new building, which will be called the Royal
Caribbean Production Studio.
In addition to training RCCL
performers, the studio will give FIU students hands-on experience in cruise
line operations, stage management, lighting, stage design, audio engineering
and production. FIU faculty and staff will have access to RCCL
marketing and sales data from its six cruise brands to conduct original research
and present findings to RCCL.
The building includes a 285-seat
theater, 20,000-square-foot costume-making facility, 10 rehearsal studios, a
recording room and video-editing facilities.
Completion of the building was one of
the main factors in a decision by RCCL’s Celebrity Cruises brand to bring its
main stage productions in house, said Royal Caribbean International President
Celebrity is working on
18 new shows to be rolled out in the next 18 months, according to Becky Thomson Foley, Celebrity's director
The first show, "Elyria," was
previewed for an audience of VIPs. It is one of two late-night shows
that will be performed after 11 p.m. and features risqué content,
costuming and choreography.
Thomson Foley said the show compliments
Celebrity’s “Modern Luxury” market niche and responds to requests from
guests for more programming in the late evening. “They’re up at night and
looking for things to do,” she said.
"Elyria" will make its debut on the Celebrity Constellation