Those of you who attended Pass Member Preview Day this past Saturday had a chance to catch a sneak peak of our new show in Italy, Mix it Up!, in a somewhat unconventional format. The show officially opens this Saturday for park guests, but we wanted to give our loyal fans a chance to see what it takes to rehearse one of our shows without the polish and finished look that you’ve come to expect. With only a few segments of the show ready for guests’ view, we decided that rather than have an empty venue, we would give pass members a true preview and let them take a look into our creative process.
Last year, we provided previews of Celtic Fyre prior to the show’s official debut later that spring. The chance to gauge our guest’s reactions to a show provides us with a unique opportunity to ensure that the production will hit the right note. Judging by the audience reactions at the three rehearsal performances, we know Mix it Up! is right on track to be a popular addition to Busch Gardens.
“Mix it Up!” focuses on the artistry and skill of brass players, percussionists and dancers to bring our crazy kitchen to life. With more than a dozen musicians and a quirky Italian restaurant theme, “Mix it Up!” is a dynamic new addition to our entertainment lineup and premieres Sat., March 26. Although the show received a positive guest reaction in our preview day performance, the show has a long way to go until it’s seasoned to perfection. Il Teatro di San Marco’s new scenic design is getting its finishing touches including new lighting equipment. Rehearsals will continue this week as more layers of the experience are added and the cast prepares for opening day.
We hope to see you in the park. Get ready to “Mix it Up!”, Italian style.