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Huge call out for Aussie talent as Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) kick-starts nationwide on-board entertainment audition series in Sydney

November 1, 2016 Cruise No Comments Email Email

Proving the current cruising boom is creating waves beyond tourism, thousands of performers across Australia will be battling it out for lead dancing and singing roles as part of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ (NCLH) nationwide audition series, commencing today in Sydney.


Steve Odell (Managing Director NCLH), Robert Herteinstein (Director of Entertainment Production for Norwegian Creative Studios) and Ben Angell (VP Marketing, NCLH) with choreographed performances in the background during dance auditions.

Celebrated as the world’s leading cruise company for entertainment, NCLH will be scouring Australia for performers to fill hundreds of roles across its portfolio of award winning cabaret, circus and Broadway productions including After Midnight, Rock of Ages, Cirque Dreams and Australia’s own home-grown sensations Priscilla Queen of the Desert and Burn the Floor.

“Long recognised as the global leader in the delivery of dynamic, award winning shows, NCLH’s dedicated production division is now responsible for the entertainment offering across NCLH’s entire 25-strong fleet – encompassing all Norwegian Cruise Line, Oceania Cruises and Regent Seven Seas Cruises vessels,” said Mr Steve Odell, Managing Director, NCLH.

“This means that at any one time, more than 450 performers are working across our ships, supported by many more hundreds of production and backstage crew. We are especially proud that nearly 35% of these positions are sourced from Australia – creating a raft of employment opportunities which transcend tourism and enable local talent to pair their passion for performance with world exploration during their tenure with NCLH,” added Mr Odell.

According to Director of Entertainment Production for Norwegian Creative Studios (NCS), Mr Robert Hertenstein, Australia remains a top talent source market for NCS due to the strong work ethic and multi-disciplinary skills of our local performers.

“Australia is always a core country for recruiting cruise ship entertainers because of the sheer amount of talent we witness every time we come here,” said Mr Hertenstein. “Australian performers are not just hardworking, but their positivity is a sheer joy to be around, and we know that our on-board cruise guests share our sentiments. Australia’s performers also have outstanding technique and are experienced across all forms of dance, which is why we regard our talent from ‘Down Under’ as the jewels in our crown,” he added.

NCLH’s audition series began in Sydney today and will continue throughout Australia over the coming month with auditions taking place in:

  • Adelaide: 5 November 2016 from 10 am to 6pm (Gravity Dance)
  • Brisbane: 7 and 8 November 2016 from 9am to 5pm (Mad Dance House)
  • Melbourne: 9 and 10 November 2016 from 10am to 6pm (Patrick Studios)

Most performers selected will commence their seasons in early 2017, including on-board the Norwegian Star visiting Australian in February 2017 and again later on-board Norwegian Jewel, set to homeport in Australia from November 2017 till February 2018.

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