Playlist Productions

We are triple-threat performers in peak physical condition at the top of our field. Our exceptional dancing and beautifully executed technique are matched only by our versatility across numerous styles. We do all this with our game faces on—while singing powerful vocals and blending our voices in perfect harmony. Most of all, though, we're one of a kind. As the creative force behind Playlist Productions, we showcase our individuality in cutting-edge shows choreographed by industry-leading choreographers.
EXPLORE OPPORTUNITIES

What You'll Be Doing Onboard

BROADWAY BEATS

A larger-than-life journey through the Big Apple, featuring iconic show tunes reinvented with percussive urban rhythms and a modern electronic beats. Follow a band of entertainers as they immerse themselves in the city's most dynamic neighborhoods that come to life with hyper-realistic LED screens of signature NYC elements - the towering skyline, subway cars, bold street art and more.

ROCK REVOLUTION: SUMMER OF 69

A modernized concert-style show inspired by the legendary Woodstock music delivers an electrifying and immersive Rock Arena experience.

VINTAGE POP

Pop goes vintage goes pop! Travel back to a glitzy Roaring ‘20s party, featuring a fresh take on the iconic sounds of the Harlem Renaissance and a vintage spin on today’s top hits!

CELESTIAL STRINGS

A symphonic rock and pop experience! Embark on a magical journey with and the Playlist Productions cast as they reimagine contemporary hits with electrifying strings

SOUL BOUND

Set to the greatest R&B hits of all time, our devious characters will haunt you with a sinister story of mischief, mayhem and dastardly deeds. Being bad never sounded so good!

FLICK

The Power of Motion Pictures - A celebration of filmmaking, through theatrical illusions & cinematic effects. Iconic Movie Anthems come to life in this magical & mystical journey; leaving our audience spellbound.

COUNTRY ROAD

Our audience get to experience what it’s like to live life on the road with our very own country band ‘The Ramsey Boys’ on their concert tour. Set designs transform the stage seamlessly from scene to scene as the lyrics of true country classics combined with new contemporary country hits tell the story of their journey.

AMOR CUBANO

A Caribbean Dance Romance features a sizzling four-piece Cuban band and a talented eight-member cast who have audiences singing and dancing in the aisles as they perform songs by top Latin artists, including Gloria Estefan, Celia Cruz and Pitbull, amid a tropics-inspired backdrop of Cuba and Miami.

AMERICA ROCKS

An explosive high energy Rock Concert, featuring music from the greatest American Rock Bands of all time. Our cast is joined by our very own six piece Rock Band which amplifies the energy in the house causing our guests to pump their fists & sing along in this mind blowing Rock experience.

88 KEYS

The Rock n’ Roll Piano Show has sing-along hits from Billy Joel, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis and others – as well as an appearance from Carnival Freedom’s own piano bar pianist.

80s POP TO THE MAX

This high-energy show channels the era of Day-Glo, Spandex, and big hair with spirited performances of the hottest music video hits from the 1980s. From the pop-rock of Duran Duran and Cindy Lauper to the smooth soul of Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson and beyond, 80s Pop to the Max takes audiences back to days when "video killed the radio star."

GETAWAY ISLAND

A high-tech re-creation of popular beach movies of the 1960s with 3D special effects, Getaway Island invites guests to set their watches to “island time” as they experience a tropical island bash with music from Jimmy Buffet, Bob Marley, the Beach Boys and others. Getaway Island also has its own version of Carnival's RedFrog Pub.

HEART OF SOUL

This show includes recognizable R&B and soul hits from a host of legendary singers, from Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder to Otis Redding, Ray Charles and Al Green. In a twist, six couples are chosen for a night with VIP seats, champagne and flowers.

EPIC ROCK

Epic Rock celebrates the glam days of the 1970s and 1980s with hard-driving tunes by Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin and Guns ’n Roses and arena rock staples by artists like Journey and Bon Jovi – all backed by dazzling pyrotechnics, lasers and shooting flames associated with over-the-top rock-and-roll shows. Epic Rock brings back the days when rock ruled the airwaves while providing guests a chance to sing along and channel their inner rock star.

STUDIO VIP

Inspired by the sophistication of Studio 54 and the funk and fashion of Soul Train, Studio VIP is a dance party that celebrates the musical revolution that was New York City nightlife in the 1970’s and the glittering excesses of that decade. An all-out audience participation show, Studio VIP evokes the days of bell bottoms and wide lapels while showcasing some of the most memorable songs from a bygone era – from KC and the Sunshine Band and Donna Summer to Chic, Parliament and Barry White.

THE BRITS

"The Brits!" is a colorful musical tribute to the British invasion featuring a stunning mix of live action and animation and songs by The Beatles, The Who, Herman’s Hermits and Elton John.

MOTOR CITY

"Motor City" celebrates the R&B Motown sound of the 1960s and ‘70s, with hits from the Commodores, Lionel Richie, Martha and the Vandellas, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and Stevie Wonder.

LATIN NIGHTS

"Latin Nights" brings the passionate Latin culture to life through the fusion music of Gloria Estefan, Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Santana and Shakira.

DIVAS

"Divas" is a captivating mix of music, fashion, and dance and features such popular "one-name" female artists as Barbra, Beyonce, Celine, Cher, Madonna and Whitney.

Playlist Productions

Be a part of our state of the art production shows known as Playlist Productions! Combining captivating live performances with high-tech LED staging and special effects, they set the standard in seagoing productions. Your favorite songs come to life in these full-blown musical shows unique to Carnival Cruise Line. All genres of music and dance give the audience something to look forward to throughout the cruise!

Singers Who Dance

Carnival ships require singers to have a charismatic stage presence, versatile singing ability, and a strong dance foundation. All of our vocalists embody strong technique and an understanding of all genres of music. In addition to dynamic vocals, their ability to engage our guests on stage and off creates a lasting impression.

Dancers Who Sing

Carnival ships require dancers to execute a variety of dance styles. Our dancers have a strong foundation in all genres and the ability to execute with high energy and unique personality. They are strong singers with confident singing voices and ability to pick up and retain intricate harmony. Along with a captivating performance, they are engaging and personable with our wonderful guests.

Towel Animal Theatre

You’ll learn to animate our lively Towel Animals in a fun interactive show for all ages.

You will help bring these characters to life!

One Night Only

Playlist performers have the opportunity to join forces on a set with the band to create an interactive musical experience. Collaborate with the musicians and get the guests involved!

Live Music

Select Playlist Productions feature an array of special guests. From a 5 piece rock band to an electrifying string trio, be accompanied onstage by our talented musicians!

Holiday Events

Year round on board our ships, we come together to celebrate the Holidays.

Guest Engagement

Carnival is extremely dedicated to our guest experience. Our performers have multiple opportunities a day to build their fan base through guest interactions. Team members are assigned to a variety of additional duties that provide a chance to engage with our guests. From welcoming them on board to post show meet and greets, joining the Cruise Director at sail away parties and much more! This is a wonderful time to greet guests by name and invite them to join you in your performance spaces throughout the cruise.

Military Appreciation

Carnival Cruise Line features a unique way to recognize the service of U.S. and Canadian military members and veterans. At the Military Appreciation Gathering our performers join in honoring the courage and commitment made by soldiers as well as their families.

Rehearsal Space

There are 21 studio spaces within the building. Studios represent specific ships’ stage spacing to mimic being on the real stage. The 4 vocal studios and 3 dance studios provide space for warm ups, review, and break downs as well as regular rehearsals.

Training

During the rehearsal process, performers are mentored by leading professionals in the cruise industry. Our Dance and Vocal Supervisors have experience with Carnival Entertainment that collectively spans over an impressive 50 years. They are able to bring the directors original vision to life in order to help shape the production. Each supervisor brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in order to bring out the best in our Singers and Dancers.

Audio

Our team members have the ability to work one-on-one with the audio technician that will be on board with them to create their own audio mix as well as become accustom to using in-ear monitors. You’ll have the opportunity to merge and do a complete run-through with sound, floor, and automation techs as well as the full band before joining the ship.

Development Studio

The developmental studio that is 5,266 sq. feet and features a 32’ wide and 15’ tall LED wall. This includes 6 automated sections that can move independently of each other as well as 2 rovers that can move back and forth.

Dance Floor

All studios are covered by a ‘Marley’ sprung dance floor. Each studio is marked with numbers on the floor for reference and blocking, and floor-to-ceiling mirrors to assist with learning the choreography and staying synchronized.

Green Room

With up to twelve ships rehearsing at once, the green room is a great place to interact with team members from across the fleet. At any given time Playlist cast members, musicians, and technicians can be found enjoying each other’s company, eating lunch, or celebrating a team member’s birthday. The green room is furnished with plenty of seating as well as a gourmet coffee machine and a variety of vending options.

Access to Miami

While you’re at the studios you have the greater Miami area at your fingertips. Jump in a cab to get some great food, spend some time on the beach, or of course…..see GREAT LIVE MUSIC.

Playlist Productions is proud to work with the top creative talent in the industry.

DEVANAND JANKI

CHOREOGRAPHER

Choreographer-(Motor City/The Brits/Studio VIP/Lip Synch Battle)-Dev is an award winning New York-based Director and Choreographer. His career spans all facets of the performing arts – theatre, opera, ballet and corporate entertainment. He began as a performer, appearing in numerous productions including Broadway’s: Miss Saigon, Cats, The King & I and Side Show. For the past 15 years, he has been a freelance director, working worlwide on over 50 shows including Aladdin, Junie B. Jones, Man of La Mancha, Rent, The Full Monty and Off-Broadway’s Zanna Don’t! for which he won the Lucille Lortel Award. He is the Artistic Director of the Bingham Camp Theatre Retreat (BCTR) that develops new musicals & plays that celebrate diversity.

PETER FLYNN

CREATOR AND DIRECTOR

Creator and Director--(Motor City/The Brits/Studio VIP/Lip Synch Battle/88 Keys/Amor Cubano/Heart of Soul /Broadway Beats)-Peter is a New York based director and teacher who works both in new work development throughout the country as well as staging classic American musicals for some of the most notable regional theatres.

His New York credits include the off-Broadway premiere of Marcy Heisler’s & Zina Goldrich's Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School, choreographed by Devanand Janki; the Actors’ Fund concerts of the 75th Anniversary of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town with Adriane Lenox, B.D. Wong, S. Epatha Merkerson, and concerts of On the 20th Century with Douglas Sills & Marin Mazzie, Chess with Josh Groban & Julia Murney, and Funny Girl with Whoopi Goldberg, & Andrea Martin; Skippyjon Jones, & Junie B. Jones (nominated for two Lucille Lortel Awards including Best Musical), and Rhapsody in Seth - Actors’ Playhouse starring Seth Rudetsky.

Other credits include the world premiere of Curvy Widow by Bobby Goldman, Drew Brody and starring Nancy Opel; the world premiere of Willy Holtzman’s new play, Smart Blonde at Pittsburgh’s City Theatre starring Andréa Burns; Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop; Gypsy at the St. Louis MUNY; Kiss Me, Kate for the Maltz-Jupiter Theatre where he has directed productions of Man of LaMancha (Carbonell Award, Best Director & Best Musical), Sleuth, & Other Desert Cities; and 1776 & The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee for Ford’s Theatre.

Peter is the director of Musical Theatre for the Stella Adler Studio for Acting & is on the faculty of Adler’s NYU Tisch Division. He is also an Associate Artist at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. and a graduate of Northwestern University.

JENNIFER SAVELLI

CHOREOGRAPHER

As a dancer, associate and choreographer, Ms. Savelli has an incredible body of work including appearing in the feature film CHICAGO as well as six Broadway shows, including working alongside her personal friend Chita Rivera as a featured performer in Chita Rivera: The Dancers Life. She has appeared on Broadway in Anything Goes, The Boy from Oz (Hugh Jackman), Spiderman: Turn off the Dark, Guys & Dolls and Fosse (Broadway and 1st Natl Tour) as well as Kennedy Center Honors, Academy Awards, PBS’s acclaimed BROADWAY The American Musical, MTV VMA Awards with Jennifer Lopez and Ja Rule.

MARCOS SANTANA

CHOREOGRAPHER

Choreographer-(88 Keys/Heart of Soul/Amor Cubano/Broadway Beats)-Marcos Santana is a New York based choreographer, director, performer and educator. Currently, he is the associate choreographer and can be seen performing in the Broadway hit show “On Your Feet”.

Originally from Puerto Rico, he began his dance career at the age 18 in his native Island where he trained in Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Modern & Latin. After a very successful career performing with leading dance companies and international artists, he relocated to Los Angeles in 2000. While in L.A., he had the privilege to perform for artists such as Chayanne, Missy Elliott, Anastacia, Mary J Blige, Eden’s Crush, Constantina, Jimmy Buffet, and Ellen Degeneres, among others.

As a choreographer, Marcos has worked on productions such as On Your Feet (Assoc. Choreographer/ Tony Nomination), Rocky (Assoc. Choreographer/ Tony Nomination), Man Of La Mancha, Randy Newman’s Faust (Encores), Mr. Magoo’s A Christmas Carol, Fortress Of Solitude (Public Theater Assoc Choreographer), Pirates Of Penzanze (Stratford Sakespeare Festival), Brazil Brazil (New Victory Theater), Much Ado About Nothing, My Fair Lady, Guys & Dolls, Paul Simon’s Capeman (Delacorte Theater Assoc Choreographer), In The Heights (2009 Gypsy of the Year), Rock Of Ages National Tour/West End/Vegas (Assoc Choreographer).

Favorite Performing Credits include: Broadway: On Your Feet, In The Heights, Guys And Dolls. Others: Contact 1st National Tour, West Side Story, Evita, The Wiz, Carmen, The Mambo Kings.

Movie/TV Credits: Annie, Across The Universe, Chasing Papi, The Great Observer, The Producers, Victoria’s Secret Fashio Show, Pop Stars, Divas Las Vegas, The Nikki Cox Show, and more

KELLY CONNOLLY

CHOREOGRAPHER / ASST. DIRECTOR

Choreographer/ Assist. Director-(America Rocks!)-Kelly Connolly is a multidisciplinary artist being named the first-ever "All-Around Best Female Dancer” by Dancetrack Magazine. Kelly held the position of lead choreographer for The Illusionists 2.0 at The Sydney Opera House, and was part of the Inaugural cast of The Illusionist on Broadway. She was movement coordinator for motion picture Mr. Right starring Anna Kendrick and Sam Rockwell, and choreographer for both Rent and American Idiot at the Children’s Musical Theater in San Jose. Coached Ariana Grande for her music video featuring Chris Brown. Kelly is both Choreographer and performer in Special Edition Dance Party for Dreamworks’ Kung Fu Panda 3, The Teen Choice Awards with Selena Gomez, Dancing With the Stars, music videos for One Republic and was Britney Spears’ double. Additional credits include recurring dance roles on hit TV shows including Glee, How I Met Your Mother and Nickelodeon’s Fresh Beat Band, ColdCase, Malcolm In theMiddle, and numerous musical theater performances including A Chorus Line, The Sound of Music, Camelot, Beauty & the Beast, and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at The Kodak Theater and Hollywood Bowl. She has also performed and choreographed TV commercials and social media campaigns for brands including Degree Women, Nikon, Chrysler and T-Mobile.

Also an accomplished film/TV actress, stunt woman and fitness expert, Kelly has also appeared in numerous television shows with recent roles in AMC’s The Walking Dead (2016) and Cinemax’s Banshee (2016), as well as in motion pictures Aztec Warrior (2017) 68 Kill (2017), Ride Along 2 (2016), Disney’s Invisible Sister (2016); Mind Puppets (2016), Devil’s Brake (2016), Refugio (2015) and Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015); and as an instructional fitness model for Tapout, Hip-Hop Abs, Cybex, and Orbital 360.

KEITH YOUNG

CHOREOGRAPHER

Creator, Director, and Choreographer-(Country Road/Vintage Pop)-KEITH YOUNG is one of the most versatile creative director/choreographers working in the industry today. Keith received a Bachelor of Science degree in Arts Education from Miami University. Although his primary focus was in painting and sculpture, Keith was drawn to the all-encompassing expression that dance allows. Following college, he danced with numerous notable dance companies in New York and joined Twyla Tharp’s company as a principal dancer. He later became her assistant on Milo Forman's acclaimed film AMADEUS. He also served as rehearsal director in the staging of THE SINATRA SUITES, featuring Mikhail Baryshnikov, for American Ballet Theater.

FILM: GONE WITH THE BULLETS directed by the highly acclaimed director Jiang Wen, the first Chinese film using 3D, employing an American choreographer,for which Keith won the 2015 World Choreography Award. Other film credits include THE SMURFS MOVIE, directed by Raja Gosnell, as well as multiple films for director Nancy Meyers such as IT'S COMPLICATED, THE HOLIDAY, and SOMETHING'S GOTTA GIVE. Keith also created the very memorable dance scene with Mel Gibson in WHAT WOMEN WANT. Keith is particularly proud of his choreography on the feature film RENT, directed by Chris Columbus.

TELEVISION: DANCING WITH THE STARS, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, HARRY'S LAW, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, THE EMMY AWARDS, THE 78th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS on which he choreographed a performance for the Oscar winning song, IT'S HARD OUT HERE FOR A PIMP from the movie HUSTLE and FLOW, to name a few. Keith received an EMMY AWARD NOMINATION for his work on THE DREW CAREY SHOW.

THEATRE: SAMMY, a musical based on the life of Sammy Davis Jr., starring Obba Babatunde at The Old Globe Theater for which he received the San Diego Critics Choice Award for Best Choreography. ROBESON, (starring Keith David), GOSPEL AT COLONUS for the Ebony Repertory Theater and CROWNS, directed by Israel Hicks for the Ebony Repertory Theater and Pasadena Playhouse, as well as the Broadway Musical ON THE TOWN, directed by George C. Wolfe.

COMMERCIALS: Keith has lent his considerable talents to such commercial campaigns ads FACEBOOK MESSENGER, RAY BAN, TROP 50, KIA, GAP, OLD NAVY, TOYOTA, BLACKBERRY, multiple SUPER BOWL SOBE LIFE WATER spots with NFL Players and with Naomi Campbell and some very talented lizards, PEPSI and many more.

TOURS/VIDEO: Keith has directed and choreographed tours and videos for music artists such as BABYFACE, MADONNA, OUTKAST, JOSH GROBAN, EARTH WIND &FIRE, GLADYS KNIGHT, THE ISLEY BROTHERS, TONI BRAXTON,PRINCE ROYCE, BETTE MIDLER, RED HOT CHILLI PEPPERS, and THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS.

LAYLA ELLISON

ASSISTANT CHOREOGRAPHER

Assistant Choreographer (Flick / Divas / Latin Nights / Epic Rock/Celestial Strings)

Layla Ellison has worked for over 13 years as a dancer and choreographer for music videos, television, commercials, concert tours, and fashion shows. She has worked with artists such as Rihanna, Kylie Minogue, Leona Lewis, and Black Eyed Peas. Her corporate clients include Nike, Levi, Top Shop, McDonald's, and T-Mobile. In 2012, she served as Dance Captain at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

KAREN MAYBURY WEBB

CREATOR AND DIRECTOR

Creator & Director-(America Rocks!)-Karen has an extensive background in entertainment, both as performer, writer and director. Karen’s specialty in entertainment management and creative skills have given her the opportunity to work around the world for major companies and cruise lines both as a Cruise and Entertainment Director and also as a Creative Director. Karen has performed on stage in several productions and as an experienced MC has opened shows for multiple celebrities such as The Beach Boys, Christopher Cross, Michael Mcdonald, Lee Evans and The Steve Miller band to name but a few. Karen’s company, Maybury Webb Creative, provides talent around the world and her knowledge of the entertainment industry and collaboration with her musician husband Dave enable them to produce and present exciting shows and theme events.

EMMET MURPHY

CREATOR AND DIRECTOR

Creator and Director-(Getaway Island/80's Pop to the Max)-Emmett Murphy is a prolific creator with a love for synthesizing experiences by integrating storytelling, technology, multimedia and live performance. Mr. Murphy is the founder of showHive, Inc.

Emmett has conceived and directed 17 production shows for numerous companies, including, Carnival Cruise Lines, Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Norwegian Cruises Lines, and Princess Cruise Lines. He was also the producer for the spectacular production of Illusions at Joyland Theme Park near Shanghai, China.

Mr. Murphy has a background in music and dance and utilizes choreography and musical staging to drive the narrative of his shows. As a director, he’s had the honor of working with esteemed choreographers such as Emmy Award winning Joshua Bergasse, Broadway vetted Jessica Hartman, Jennifer Savelli, international ballroom champions Tony Meredith and Melanie LaPatin and Tony Award nominated Melinda Roy.

Prior to launching showHive, Mr. Murphy was an independent producer for industrial theater and special events in New York City. He then joined a leading entertainment production house servicing the cruise ship industry and was involved with strategic planning, contract negotiations, casting and creative development. Mr. Murphy went on to work for Cirque du Soleil® in conjunction with The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. He also directed Sin City Comedy at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas.

Mr. Murphy brings deep entertainment industry expertise and an understanding of his clients’ challenges, along with an ease of working with high level executives. He is known for his disruptive creative development process which results in truly unique production show experiences and for his ability to conceive and execute concepts that captivate audiences. Mr. Murphy is a member of the Actors Equity Association and American Guild of Variety Artists, and is an avid collector of modern and contemporary art.

J.R.WHITE

PRODUCER & CO-CREATOR

Producer & Co-Creator-(Soulbound)-JR White is the co-founder of 2 Creative Entertainment and serves as its President and CEO. With over 25 years of live entertainment production experience in the entertainment and cruise ship industry, JR has built his career bringing quality and innovative entertainment to the public. In addition to his roles as Creative Producer and Project Manager for Carnival Horizon and Mardi Gras, he has been part of the management and creative teams responsible for creating and overseeing installation of new productions for Holland America Line, The Yachts of Seabourn, Cunard Cruises, Celebrity Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean International as well as land-based entertainment in Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Palm Springs. He has led the new-build entertainment installation teams for six new ships for Holland America Line as well as serving as Line Producer of the Royal Theatre for Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas and Oasis of the Seas. Mr. White hold’s a B.A. in Musical Theater from California State University, Fullerton and an M.A. in Arts Management from Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.

AARON JACKSON

CREATOR & DIRECTOR

Creator and Director-(Soulbound)-Aaron is a founding member of 2 Creative Entertainment, acting as the company’s Creative Director. An award-winning Designer and Concept Artist based in Los Angeles, he has over 20 years of experience in the Entertainment Industry with projects spanning Theatre, Television, Concerts, Theme Parks and Corporate Events.

Past projects include creating designs for Barry Manilow and Lorna Luft as well as working as the Layout Designer for Star Wars: A Galactic Extravaganza at Disney Hollywood Studios. He was a Design Producer for the final season of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC and has designed events for the WB Television Network, Cartoon Network, Mercedes-Benz, Design Cure and Cornerstone.  

Aaron is a regular designer for Phoenix Theatre Company and Childsplay in Phoenix, AZ having designed such stage productions as Rent, Hedwig & The Angry Inch, Godspell, Something Rotten, Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson, A Wrinkle in Time, Robin Hood, Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure and numerous others. He was the Resident Designer for Shakespeare by the Sea in Los Angeles for 14 seasons and over 25 productions. His has also designed for Holland America Line, Celebrity Cruises, Regent and Oceania Cruise Lines and has served as adjunct faculty for UC Irvine and Chapman University.  

Aaron’s latest ongoing project is the creation of a new online Escape Room venture, Wild Hare Escapes, where he is creating and designing a wide range of virtual worlds to explore and escape from.  

Aaron holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Millikin University, (Decatur, IL) and a Masters of Fine Arts from Rutgers University, (New Brunswick, NJ).

MICHAEL SHAWN LEWIS

CO CREATOR AND CO DIRECTOR

Towel Animal Theater/Suess a Palooza

Michael Shawn Lewis has worked extensively in the arts around the globe as a performer, producer and theatrical presenter. Michael received a Drama Desk nomination in 2010 for his work as producer on the New York production of ImaginOcean and is working as executive producer to adapt the magical underwater world into a television series with the Jim Henson Company. He is producing the live stage touring version of Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train, currently a smash hit children's television series on PBS. Michael is one of the founders of the New York Children's Theater Festival, a non-profit (501c3) which promotes the development of outstanding children's theater in America. His Broadway performing credits include The Phantom of the Opera, and The Woman in White. In Europe he starred in Elisabeth, The Musical, Les Miserable and numerous productions of Phantom. He has performed with the London Symphony Orchestra, as well as James Taylor at Lincoln Center.

JOHN TARTAGLIA

CO CREATOR AND CO DIRECTOR

Towel Animal Theater

John Tartaglia is best known for his TONY nominated Broadway debut in the original cast of "Avenue Q". He is also well known to parents around the world as "Johnny" from Disney Channel's 8 time EMMY nominated series "Johnny and the Sprites" (Executive Producer, Co-Creator and star). He conceived and wrote the Off Broadway hit "ImaginOcean", which just finihed a successful multi-year international tour and is currently being developed with The Jim Henson Company as a television series. John is director of the upcoming Broadway musical "Because of Winn Dixie" featuring the book and lyrics of Nell Benjamin and music of Duncan Sheik. John will also be directing and co-producing the live tour of PBS's "Dinosaur Train" and "Sid the Science Kid Live", as well as "Shrek the Musical" at the legendary MUNY theatre in St Louis. Other Broadway includes "Beauty and the Beast" (Lumiere) and "Shrek the Musical" (Pinocchio-Original Cast). John was one of the youngest puppeteers hired on Sesame Street, starting at age 16, and is currently wrapping up his 13th season with the show. Other television and film includes "Teeny Tiny Dogs" (Amazon Original), "Ugly Betty" (Pablo), "Animal Jam", and the upcoming independent film "Silent But Deadly". John is co-owner of Gables Grove Productions, a multi-media family entertainment company.

JILL HILLIER

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER

Associate Director/Choreographer – (Soulbound)-Jill Hillier has had the great fortune of working as Associate Director/Choreographer on major tours and residencies for some of the biggest pop stars in the world. She started off 2020 as Associate Director to acclaimed tour director Jamie King on Ricky Martin’s “Movimiento” world tour. She also worked with Jamie on Ricky’s “All In” residency in Las Vegas, Nicki Minaj’s 2017 performance at amfAR, Jennifer Lopez’s “Dance Again” tour, “QViva Live” at Mandalay Bay, Celine Dion’s “Taking Chances” Tour, and The Spice Girls Reunion Tour. Adding to her list of Vegas Residencies, Jill recently acted as Assistant Director for Gwen Stefani’s “Just a Girl” at Planet Hollywood and choreographed “After Dark” 

featuring the ultimate jazz musician Brian Newman. 

In a addition to the "Pop World", Jill enjoys creating shows for cruise lines such as Carnival, NCL, Oceana, Regent, Holland America and Celebrity. She is also the Choreographer/Creative Director for the a cappellla sensation Straight No Chaser’s live tours as well as their PBS specials. Recently she became the Resident Director/ Tour Manager for the new theatrical sensation “The Choir of Man” which tours the US, Australia and performs on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Escape and Encore. Jill loves collaborating with major brands such as Mary Kay Cosmetics, in 2019 she oversaw their annual convention in Dallas which included a cast of 90 singers, dancers and musicians on a 153’ stage with 11 video screens. 

For television, Jill worked with Simon Cowell’s boyband PRETTYMUCH on their performance at the 2017 TCAs! Todrick Hall had Jill coordinate and co choreograph his opening number at Nickelodeon’s 2014 Kids Choice Awards as well as a number of his YouTube videos. Other TV credits include Lip Sync Battle, 

Dancing with the Stars, VH1’s Ricky Martin special, Q Viva the Chosen for Fox, MTV’s Made, USA’s The Moment, Celine Dion’s CBS special, Nickelodeon’s birthday special with Geri Halliwell, and numerous award shows.

When Jill was a dancer, she performed with such celebrities as Prince, Carmen Electra, Juliet Prowse, Thelma Houston, Tony Bennett, and many others. She has performed in regional theatre and national tours of shows like Grease, George M!, Beauty and the Beast, My One and Only, Brigadoon and on Holland America Cruise Lines, Norwegian Cruise Lines and in numerous commercials, industrials and park shows for the Walt Disney Company.

In between directing and choreographing, Jill greatly enjoys teaching, choreographing and mentoring aspiring dancers across the country. She is involved with Commercial Dance Intensive, Celebrity Dance Competitions, GoPro, Talent on Parade, Hollywood Dance Intensive, KARR, and TAPS just to name a few.


MARK JENNINGS

CHOREGRAPHER

Choregrapher- (Celestial & Welcome Aboard Show)-Mark Jennings is a British creative director, choreographer and show director based in the heart of London. He delivers bespoke performances for brands and music artists to stadium scale ceremonies for high profile events. 

Having worked closely with many of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, Mark is renowned for creating work that shifts perceptions across Music, TV, Film, Theatre, Live, Corporate and Digital platforms. His energetic approach coupled with his experience in producing memorable performances on the world stage is well documented and his choreography work for international artists such as The Jonas brothers, Gary Barlow, Michael Buble, Steps, Jax Jones, John Newman and Louis Tomlinson have resulted in billions of people seeing his work. 

He is passionate about creating strong and iconic experiences for global brands and his extensive knowledge of the entertainment industry has given him opportunities to bridge both worlds. Mark sets new trends in live entertainment which result in meaningful and breath-taking direction and choreography for major events and ceremonies. Producing work for brands such as Cartier, Dolce and Gabbana, DeBeers, Department of international trade, Marks and Spencer, Facebook, Huawei and The Burley Clubs.

PAUL ROBERTS

DIRECTOR & CHOREOGRAPHER

Paul is a British Stage Director & Choreographer 

His latest release is to choreograph Harry Styles latest video single ’Treat People With Kindness’ featuring Phoebe Waller- Bridge and before that working on Sky Atlantic’s ‘I Hate Suzy’ starring Billie Piper. 

Paul has since finished production as choreographer & staging director on the Spice Girls ‘Spiceworld’ Stadium Tour. 

Paul trained at The Urdang Academy, London and went on to perform both in the UK & internationally for both broadcasters & touring productions. 

Paul is an award-winning choreographer and has collaborated with many global musical talents, worked on various UK and International television shows as well as collaborated with many brands. Paul is also an artistic associate of the Balletboyz and has worked on numerous projects with the company; Alpha (Sadler’s Wells); Karma Sutra (Sky Arts). 

Previous creative credits include: Sam Smiths ‘The Thrill Of It All’ World Tour (Choreography & staging director) Billie Pipers debut directorial film starring Lily James ‘Rare Beasts’ (Choreography & movement) Robbie Williams ‘One Night At The Palladium’ (Choreography) Katy Perry’s ‘Unconditionally’ video (Choreography) Emma Bunton’s Christmas Special at the Royal Albert Hall (Creative Director & Choreographer) Disney’s ‘Mickey’s 90th Spectacular’ (Choreographer)

Paul worked closely with One Direction for 5 years as staging director, designing their show tracks for all major works in film, stadium & television.

Music Artist credits: Sir Paul McCartney; Katy Perry; Harry Styles; Robbie Williams; Prince; Olly Murs; Sam Smith; Beth Ditto; Zayn Malik; Destiny’s Child, Mariah Carey, Ed Sheeran; Take That; Niall Horan; Craig David; HURTS, Annie Lennox, Gloria Estefan, Kings of Leon, Katherine Jenkins; Louis Tomlinson, Years & Years & Diana Ross. 

Events: The Olivier Awards; Victoria Secrets Fashion Show; The Grammys; Saturday Night Live; The VMAs; Britain’s Got Talent; The VMA’s, America’s Got Talent; The Ellen Show; The Brit Awards; Strictly Come Dancing; James Corden’s The Late Late Show, The X Factor; Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, We Are Most Amused & Amazed – HRH The Prince of Wales 70th birthday & The Royal Variety Show

Balletboyz: The Rite of Spring (BBC3, winner of 2010 Grand Prix Golden Prague International television award) - Choreographer; Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway: (ITV, winner of 2015 Bafta for Best Entertainment programme) – Creative Director

Paul continues to collaborate with unique and bespoke shows with the Carnival group, currently in development of his 6th production.


JOHNATHAN TESSERO

CREATOR AND DIRECTOR

Creator and Director-(Rock Revolution)-Jonathan Tessero is a leading Executive Producer and Stage Director of variety content for television, touring, and theater whose work has appeared on Broadway, The Las Vegas Strip, network television, and in concert, sporting, and theatrical venues around the world. 

On Broadway, he directed and developed the creative for "Ruben and Clay's First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular" as well as the Broadway adaptation and presentation of his "The Stars of Christmas" tour for its Tony-Award Winning producers. The New York Times called Ruben and Clay's Christmas Show "A Christmas Miracle" and his direction "Really Funny.” Whoopi Goldberg, Kathi Lee and Hoda, and Metro Magazine all called the show "a hilarious must see!" with Theater Scene praising "The Marvelous Company... The Skillful Script... and Jonathan Tessero's Expert Direction." “The Stars of Christmas” played six weeks at Broadway's August Wilson Theatre as “Home for the Holidays” and was ranked as one of the top ten best Christmas concerts in New York by Metro Magazine as well as rated "Broadway's #1 Christmas Show" by Showstopper VIP. The New Yorker praised the show as a "victory lap" for competition show winners and his direction was applauded as "excellent" by Black Tie Magazine who "enjoyed every minute of this enchanting show." In 2014, he contributed additional material to Dame Edna’s Glorious Goodbye Tour as well as served as its onstage pianist. 

He made his Las Vegas Strip debut with The Bronx Wanderers, providing the long-running hit show with an entirely new physical production, revised book, and large-format video system. The Las Vegas Sun called the new production a "Must See!" with The Las Vegas Tribune raving to "Get Ready for a Big Surprise. Everything is Bigger and Better!”. 

He shares an Emmy Nomination for his work on CBS' coverage of Super Bowl XLVII, has directed and produced the talent for several America’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent: The Champions segments, directed documentaries on the last BCS Championship as well as the USO Stage Door Canteens (starring Angela Lansbury, Mickey Rooney, and Branford Marsalis), and is a consulting/executive producer to and writer of several upcoming television singing competition programs, variety series and specials, and primetime animated musicals.

His reboot of Essence Festival (headlined by Beyoncé) shattered attendance records to become the largest music festival in America and the 8th largest in the world, attracting an additional 130,000 attendees to achieve its first 500,000+ attendee crowd. His live-orchestra-to-film presentation has sold out stadiums and arena across Europe and Asia and continues onto its third continent when live productions return. 

RUDY ABREU

CHOREOGRAPHER

BOBBY BORGIA

MAGIC CONSULTANT AND DIRECTION

Magic consultant and Direction (Flick)-BOBBY BORGIA has been thrilling audiences for the past 30 years with live performances and appearances in more than 70 countries—from Asia and Europe to Las Vegas and Hollywood’s Magic Castle.

He has appeared on numerous television shows, including Fox’s “Masters of Illusion,” ABC’s “The Greatest Magic of Las Vegas,” and NBC’s “The Pretender,” and as a TV host on the Disney Channel. Borgia’s work as an illusion designer, magic consultant, and technical advisor has made him the trusted expert for the film, stage, television, and music industries.

He served as Magic Consultant for the hit movie “Now You See It,” “Flick – The Power of Motion Pictures,” and Disney’s “Mary Poppins.” He has also designed illusions for some of today’s hottest music artists, including Destiny’s Child, Brian McKnight, Henry Rollins, and Boyz II Men. Using his talents as an artist, Borgia was the illustrator for the popular book “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Magic Tricks.”

Bobby Borgia – If his name sounds familiar, that’s because he is a direct descendant from one of history’s most recognized families, THE BORGIAS.

SHARON FERROL-YOUNG

CO CREATOR, DIRECTOR, & CHOREOGRAPHER

Born in New York, Sharon had the privilege to go straight from high school to BROADWAY, cast by GOWER CHAMPION in the original cast of the Tony Award Winning Musical 42nd STREET. She was then cast as a dancer in the musical production of SOPHISTICATED LADIES, and also understudied PAULA KELLY. Sharon performed the role of THE

SOPHISTICATED LADY many times. She then went on to join The First National Tour of SUSAN STROMANS, CRAZY FOR YOU.

Sharon then moved to Los Angeles and immediately started working as a dancer. Some of her film credits include: ZELIG directed by WOODY ALLEN (where she portrayed JOSEPHINE BAKER) COMING TO AMERICA, SCHOOL DAZE directed by SPIKE LEE, BOOGIE NIGHTS, GEORGE OF THE JUNGLE, HOODLUM Sharon also danced in and assisted director DEBBIE ALLEN on the made for TV films POLLY and POLLY 2. She had the privilege to perform with PRINCE on the MTV AWARDS, LUTHER VANDROSS on THE SOUL TRAIN MUSIC AWARDS, toured with BARRY WHITE, directed and choreographed by ADAM SHANKMAN. And also toured with BABYFACE, directed and choreographed by KEITH YOUNG. She went on to assist choreographer KEITH YOUNG on FILMS such as

WHAT WOMEN WANT where she trained MEL GIBSON for his dance scene. SOMETHING’S GOTTA GIVE, with JACK NICHOLSON. IT’S COMPLICATED with MERYL STREEP and ALEC BALDWIN.

Sharon was Associate Choreographer of the film RENT, directed by CHRIS COLUMBUS, and was also a principal dancer in a scene in RENT featuring ROSARIO DAWSON. She has also assisted KEITH YOUNG on TV SHOWS such as the PUSHING DAISIES (starring Kristin Chenoweth) HARRY’S LAW

(starring Kathy Bates) as well as SELFIE, RULES OF ENGAGEMENT, Sharon assisted and performed at THE 78th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS for the Song Of The Year, IT’S HARD OUT HERE FOR A PIMP from the movie HUSTLE & FLOW and many more.

What We’re Looking For

  • 21+ years of age preferred
  • Dancers Who Sing are versatile dancers with excellent technique in all styles, including jazz, ballet, contemporary, and commercial. They are ensemble singers with strong, confident singing voices and the ability to harmonize
  • Singers Who Dance have a charismatic stage presence, versatile singing ability, and a strong dance foundation. All of our vocalists embody strong technique and understanding of all genres of music.
  • Captivating stage presence and original performance qualities
  • Peak physical condition required
  • Outgoing team players who personify Carnival values

Virtual Audition Instructions

1
REVIEW
the position requirements in detail. Applications with missing materials will not be considered.
2
PREPARE

by reading through the audition requirements sent to you once you apply. Pay close attention to submission instructions.

3
SUBMIT

your application with all required materials, including your most current headshot and resume. We can't wait to see your talent!

What you'll need for a virtual audition

  • Camera or mobile device with video-recording capability
  • YouTube, Vimeo, or other online video-sharing account
  • A link to video footage of previous show work that will help determine your level of experience and performance abilities (optional)
  • Form-fitting clothing for dance reel
  • Your personality and unique style

FUN OR CAREER?

choose both.

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Playlist Frequently Asked Questions

You will report to the Playlist Cast Manager.

If you are a manager or a singer, yes, you will have your own cabin. If you are a dancer, you will be accommodated in a double-occupancy cabin which includes bunk beds, closet, desk, TV and bathroom (shower, sink, cabinet, toilet). The cabins also have plugs for charging electronics and reading lights over the beds. The cabin is cleaned once a week by a member of the housekeeping team.

Your uniform will be provided to you onboard. It is your responsibility to keep it in presentable condition and to take it with you for future contracts. You must provide your own red sneakers. For production shows, your costumes are fitted and provided, however you will need to bring necessary undergarments.
Carnival prides itself on guest interaction and requires additional activites to be able to deliver this on each ship. Performers will be required to participate in some show and non-show related duties. All duties and additional entertainment are subject to to the ship itinerary and Entertainment Director's discretion. Performers also participate in safety briefings, drills, and embarkation day events.
Yes, you will receive a designated day off each week as per your contract agreement, however attendance at safety trainings or drills is still required if scheduled on this day.
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