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About POET Theatricals Marine

Poet Theatricals Marine is the live entertainment production subsidiary of the POET Companies that designs, constructs, installs, and operates entertainment concepts on board cruise ships.

Our history working with the cruise industry goes back to 1996, with the POET Companies’ founder, Michael McPherson, directing entertainment for the EDS charter on for the Celebrity Century. It was almost 9 years later when the Young Presidents Organization selected the POET Theatricals’ cirque-style grand illusion spectacular, LUMINAIRE, to perform on board Holland America’s Oosterdam for their charter headline entertainment in 2005.

In 2007, we began working with Celebrity Cruise Lines on their new Solstice-Class stage entertainment and started the creation and design for three new production shows for the still-in-construction first-in-class Celebrity Solstice. As part of this design and creation phase we reimagined the cast makeup and training regimen to execute this shows that we wanted to produce. This was a perfect opportunity to use our proprietary acrobatic and aerial training program, Cirque Us®, that served as the basis for training artists in our Physical Magic® and Circo Luci® brands of land-based live theatrical shows. The Cirque Us® training program enable us to take dancers and quickly train them in the acrobatic and aerial performance arts. We combined this proprietary training with our specially designed aerial and acrobatic acts to safely produce and present spectacular performances using these in-house trained artists. The physical theaters onboard were perfect for aerial performance intensive productions and the POET Team was able to design and install an extensive performer flying system throughout the entire theater.

2008 saw the launch of our first three production shows for Celebrity Cruise Lines on board the Celebrity Solstice. These shows were Solstice® the Show from Circo Luci, Pulse® from Physical Magic, and Ghostlight® from Ghostlight Theatricals. These shows completed their multi-year performance run in 2015 entertaining over 650,000 guests in over 500 productions. In 2015, these three productions (along with the other 12 POET Theatricals Marine shows on board the Celebrity Solstice Class) won the “Best Entertainment” Award from Global Traveller Magazine.

In 2009, the POET team launched the next three productions on board the next Solstice-Class vessel, the Celebrity Equinox. These shows were Equinox the Show from Circo Luci, Remix from Physical Magic, and Limelight from Ghostlight Theatricals. These shows completed their multi-year performance run in 2015 entertaining over 500,000 guests in over 400 productions. In 2012, these three productions won the Cruise Critic UK Cruiser’s Choice Award for best entertainment and in 2015 (along with the other 12 POET Theatricals Marine shows on board the Celebrity Solstice Class) won the “Best Entertainment” Award from Global Traveller Magazine.

In 2010, the POET team launched the next three productions on board the next Solstice-Class vessel, the Celebrity Eclipse. These shows were Eclipse the Show from Circo Luci, Edge from Physical Magic, and Ovations from Ghostlight Theatricals. These shows completed their multi-year performance run in 2015 entertaining over 400,000 guests in over 300 productions. In 2015 (along with the other 12 POET Theatricals Marine shows on board the Celebrity Solstice Class) won the “Best Entertainment” Award from Global Traveller Magazine.

In 2011, the POET team launched the next three productions on board the next Solstice-Class vessel, the Celebrity Silhouette. These three shows were Silhouette the Show from Circo Luci, Velocity from Physical Magic, and Broadway Nights from Ghostlight Theatricals. These shows completed their multi-year performance run in 2016 entertaining over 375,000 guests in over 300 productions. In 2012, Silhouette the Show won the Silver Magellan Award from Travel Weekly for best entertainment and in 2015 (along with the other 12 POET Theatricals Marine shows on board the Celebrity Solstice Class) won the “Best Entertainment” Award from Global Traveller Magazine.

In 2012, the POET team launched the next three productions on board the next Solstice-Class vessel, the Celebrity Reflection. These three shows were Reflection the Show from Circo Luci, Momentum from Physical Magic, and Centre Stage from Ghostlight Theatricals. These shows completed their multi-year performance run in 2016 entertaining over 275,000 guests in over 200 productions. In 2013, Reflection the Show won the Gold Magellan Award from Travel Weekly for best entertainment, in 2014 Reflection the Show won its second Magellan Award with the Silver Magellan Award from Travel Weekly for best entertainment and in 2015 (along with the other 12 POET Theatricals Marine shows on board the Celebrity Solstice Class) won the “Best Entertainment” Award from Global Traveller Magazine.

During the period from 2009 through 2016, POET software engineers built and refined three enterprise-class cloud software tools to streamline the production of entertainment on board cruise ships. These tools include:

A cloud-based collaborative casting and auditioning web application that has over 15,000 professional performers in its database.
Cloud based inspection and safety tracking web application featuring third party verified digital signatures on inspection and safety reports.
Show specific repair and defect ticketing web application.
Online show knowledgebase.
Cloud based performer training and rehearsal preparation tools.

2016 saw the completion of our multi-year exclusive arrangement with Celebrity Cruises, and we are currently developing new live entertainment concepts for the cruise industry.


Interested in producing with POET? Contact us to get started.

Advantages

Unique advantages for cruise industry clients.

Custom Infrastructure

With over 28 productions spread over the three entertainment brands,

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Vertical Integration

Entertainment Design and Technology has gotten increasingly complex, allowing for

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Cloud Technology

POET leverages the latest cloud technologies to develop custom proprietary

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Solutions

Specialized solutions for Cruise Entertainment

Creative

POET can custom-create branded entertainment experiences…
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Production

Leveraging the POET Companies’ vertical, production solutions for marine…
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Maintenance

Production maintenance is one of the toughest challenges faced…
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Infrastructure

Just as each vessel is different, the infrastructure needs to…
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Our Team Members


The Team Leads behind POET Companies

Michael

Michael McPherson
Executive Producer & Founder

Michele

Michele Morrison
Executive Producer

Sandy-Pennino

Sandy Pennino
Accounts and Logistics Manager

Tim-Sauerman

Tim Sauerman
Technical Director

Dan-Gibbs

Dan Gibbs
Acrobatic Rigging

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