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Odyssea at SeaWorld
“Odyssea” is a thirty-minute show, which takes place in SeaWorld’s Nautilus Theatre. This theatre seats 2, 400 guests so there should never be a problem finding a seat, even if you arrive just before the show begins. However, if you want to sit near the front, to get one of the best views, it is advisable to arrive early.
“Odyssea” features acrobatics, exciting music, comedy and numerous extraordinary special effects all taking place in an underwater themed setting. I would probably describe the show as a circus with a twist, more like a Cirque de Soleil show, although not quite so intense or dramatic.
One of the benefits of arriving well before the show begins is the pre-show entertainment in the form of a mime artist. Slightly different from the mime artist at the Clyde and Seymour show, this mime does not take poke fun at the late arrivals but is nevertheless most entertaining. The mime artist features in all the following underwater scenes during the show.
The story transports the audience from the surface of the sea down to the bottom of the ocean with the help of an eccentric explorer (this is the mime artist).
Two of my favourite sections of the show are the penguins and the giant worm. Acrobats dressed as huge penguins bounce around the stage on trampolines whilst doing flips and tumbles to a very apt whimsical, musical score. The stage is set up to look like a freezing Antarctic landscape whilst the penguins look extremely comical.
The giant, multi-coloured tube worm looks like a massive slinky which shrinks and extends, dancing around the stage to music. Tying itself up into knots, it actually is quite unique and you have to wonder how it is really done. I try to visualize where the performer is inside the giant worm each time we visit and you do eventually see him / her, but it is still a mystery to me.
An amazing contortionist appears from inside a giant seashell, twisting and bending her body in all directions whilst balancing with giant pearls. Ariel acrobats, dressed as brightly coloured tropical fish, perform complicated formations whilst being suspended high above the stage.
The sets and costumes are fantastic, whilst the whole show is non-stop entertainment. If you have time in your itinerary, after visiting all the animal shows, make sure you head for the Nautilus Theatre, I’m certain that you will not be disappointed.
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