By Skye Sherman
March 13, 2019
Courtesy of Virgin Voyages

If a paid, multi-month stint aboard Virgin Voyages is your dream job, your chance to score a gig on the soon-to-sail cruise line may be just around the corner.

Together with RWS Entertainment Group, Virgin Voyages and their Creative Collective are launching a worldwide casting tour for the company’s inaugural production season. Virgin Voyages’ first ship, Scarlet Lady, is set to launch in April 2020, and the cruise line is “seeking best in-class performers and personalities who will bring to life bespoke experiences,” according to a statement.

Courtesy of Virgin Voyages

Virgin’s Creative Collective — currently comprised of acts as varied as The 7 Fingers, Randy Weiner, Ani Taj and Sam Pinkleton, PigPen Theatre Co., Roslyn Hart and Alfredo Guenzani, and the SPARK Cooperative — is “tasked with curating original and uniquely Virgin entertainment experiences.” If you have what it takes, now’s your chance to take part.

The onboard entertainment programming is being created exclusively for the new adults-only cruise line and will “invite talent to incorporate their own unique personalities and passions to the ship and its programming.”

Weathered sailors who cruise with Virgin Voyages may notice something missing from the traditional cruise entertainment setup: instead of a cruise director, the Scarlet Lady will have “a cast of dynamic personalities who will headline ‘Happenings’ around the ship, including drag performers, artists and painters, fitness gurus, foodies, and more.”

Like most of Branson’s ventures, Virgin Voyages is being billed as a potential game-changer for the cruising industry. From the cruise terminal to the over-the-top RockStar Suites, Branson is building a cruising experience unlike anything travelers have seen before, and the onboard entertainment is sure to be no exception.

“We don’t just want a performer, we want incredible people to join us and bring their true selves,” Richard Kilman, vice president of entertainment for Virgin Voyages, said in a statement. “Our Creative Collective will be attending auditions as well as directing rehearsals and installing our shows on board Scarlet Lady, so these artists will have the opportunity to work with some of the best in the business.”

The casting audition tour will begin scouting talent in New York City from March 27-29; London, April 2-5; Berlin, April 8-9; Sydney, April 12-13; Melbourne, April 15-16; Orlando, April 22-23; Chicago, April 25-26; and Las Vegas, April 28-May 1. Rehearsals are scheduled to begin in January 2020.

For more information about Virgin Voyages’ global casting tour, visit brightlightsbigsea.com.

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