Celebrity Edge Entertainment Blurs The Line Between Stage and Audience
Celebrity Cruises’ new ship Celebrity Edge is coming soon, and we’ve already heard about many of the ways that it’s going to shake up the cruise ship status quo. Today, we’ve got details on the entertainment that will be offered onboard, and it’s just as next-level as the rest of the ship.
Edge will feature the brand’s most technologically advanced main theater, the most production shows of any ship in the brand’s history, the largest cast of performers on any premium cruise ship, and more entertainment venues than ever before.
The main theater on the ship will blur the line between the audience and performance, immersing guests in the sights and sounds. It will include four stage areas and three huge, moving projection screens. The main stage extends into the audience creating a sort of ‘theater-in-the-round’ feeling. A duo-directional rotating platform rises nearly seven feet above the stage, and there are two rotating spiral staircases, 10 panoramic projection screens, 16 video mapping laser projectors, and aerial performance rigging.
To help create the space, Celebrity joined forces with award-winning architect and designer Scott Butler, founding partner of Wilson Butler Architects. The firm is known for designing some of the most innovative entertainment venues in the world.
“We wanted to take the idea of traditional theater and turn it on its head,” said Butler. “The Theatre on Celebrity Edge was designed to awaken people – immersing them in the experience, stimulating their senses and altering their expectations for live entertainment.”
To make the technology run seamlessly, Celebrity collaborated with TAIT, a leader in the stage automation business. TAIT’s automation is coupled with the visions of the Black Skull Creative group, who have created contemporary shows around the world, including the 2012 London Olympics. The line also teamed up with Three in One Entertainment and Consulting, whose successes include INFERNO: The Fire Spectacular in Las Vegas.
At The Theatre, guests can enjoy five new full production shows: A Hot Summer Night’s Dream, The Jewelry Box, Kaleidoscope, Get Up, and The Purpose.
Brought to life with the same people behind Eden, Butler and designer/architect Patricia Urquiola have created The Club, a progressive space that changes its persona from morning through the latest hours of the night.
During the day, The Club includes the Funovation Laser Maze Challenge, the Drone Hunting laser obstacle course, and more. At night, it transforms into Undercover at The Club – a modern spin on the Prohibition era with 20’s-inspired craft cocktail and an aerial saxophonist. The futuristic body scanner of Andromeda allows guests to become someone else for the evening. Celebrity’s Hypno Cam Experience is a dance party featuring a high-tech camera that’s passed around the capture photos, which are instantly displayed on a giant LED screen.
On Celebrity Edge, the youth Camp at Sea will be fully customizable with more than 500 activities, including the line’s first youth coding experience at sea, and two separate contemporary spaces – one for kids and one for teens.
As always with a cruise ship, various forms of entertainment will be found throughout Edge. At the Rooftop Garden, guests can enjoy the Rooftop Concert Series and the Garden Cinema Series, the next iteration of the line’s Taste of Film experience that’s an under-the-stars moviegoing experience with live musical performances.
Eden will feature evolving entertainment as the space transforms from morning to afternoon and evening. Daytime experiences include Meditation at Eden and performances from sitar players, aerialists, and more. At dusk, Eve at Eden Begins. This theatrical journey indulges every sense and puts guests at the center of the experience for a fusion of culinary exploration, performance art, and nightlife.
“With Celebrity Edge, we have created our biggest and most comprehensive lineup of entertainment to date. We’ve truly taken entertainment to the edge,” said Lisa Lutoff-Perlo, President and CEO, Celebrity Cruises. “Entertainment on Celebrity is daring and bold, dynamic and refreshing, surrounding you at every turn. It makes every moment of your vacation an unforgettable journey, and the entertainment on Celebrity Edge takes this philosophy further than ever before. We are changing the future of our entertainment – just as we are with everything we are doing on Celebrity Edge.”
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