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SeaWorld Orlando Unveils Breakthrough Dolphin Spectacular

Fall/Winter 05-06

SeaWorld Orlando introduces a new breed of animal show, the likes of which have never before been seen, with the opening of “Blue Horizons.” This breakthrough theatrical spectacular unites sea and sky with visions of Broadway as it showcases majestic animals, spirited performers and exotic birds.

To create this dynamic show, SeaWorld collaborated with the entertainment mecca’s most inventive and artistic experts, marrying great theatrical extravagance, seen in the larger-than-life set, dramatic costuming and intriguing show development, with the awe-inspiring feats of SeaWorld’s renowned animals and trainers.

A young girl’s vivid imagination sets the stage for an extravaganza of graceful dolphins, ominous false killer whales and a rainbow of exotic birds including blue and gold macaws, blue-throated macaws, a flock of sun conures and an Andean condor. In a show filled with action both above and below the water, a cast of Olympic-caliber divers and aerialists, dressed in elaborate costumes and symbolizing sea and sky, plunge off the elaborate set with amazing aerial artistry.

Stanley Meyer, best known for his work designing the critically acclaimed Broadway musical, “Beauty and the Beast,” was responsible for creating the theatrical set design for “Blue Horizons.” Elements of the sea and sky, and a young girl’s vivid imagination were used as his inspiration. Meyer designed the whimsical, yet dramatic, atmosphere with an immense rising sun and hundreds of iridescent bubbles. An elaborate, 40-foot-high framework envelops the pool and balances divers and aerialists as they plunge from bungees and soar on “cloud swings.”

Relying on the brilliant colors of the macaws and sun conures, renowned costume designer Tracy Christensen developed an elaborate wardrobe to transform the aerialists and divers into bird-like characters with breathtaking plumage. She drew on her Broadway experiences, which include “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Beauty and the Beast,” to incorporate a variety of textures and fabrics never before seen in a SeaWorld show.

While these characters sway from “cloud swings” and dive off the elaborate set, the true stars of the show grace the waters below. SeaWorld’s dolphins and false killer whales leap their way into this dreamy adventure with no apparent direction from trainers. Colorful macaws, a flock of sun conures and an Andean condor soar over the audience as they ascend toward the horizon.

“Blue Horizons” is timed to a stirring, original musical score performed by members of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.