Katie Rodgers of Paper Fashion Commissioned to Create One-of-a-Kind Painting
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (February 8, 2017) – Princess Cruises today revealed the
artwork for "The Secret Silk," the third production created in collaboration
with Oscar-, Tony- and Grammy award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz
("Wicked", "Pippin", "Godspell"). Created by Katie Rodgers of Paper Fashion,
the "The Secret Silk" artwork was commissioned specifically to reflect the
whimsical nature of the production.
A remarkable tale of adventure, romance, and
enchantment that features familiar music and brings together some of Broadway's
best to transport audiences onboard, the new show was created and directed by
Tony Award-nominated John Tartaglia ("Avenue Q", "Sesame Street"). "The
Secret Silk" debuts exclusively on Royal Princess starting in mid-February
2018, while the ship is sailing the Caribbean.
Secret Silk" is the story of an Asian folkloric tale with a contemporary
spin, featuring inspired performances through the use of music, dance, puppetry
and special effects. Adapted from the ancient fable "The Grateful Crane," the
story features Lan, a beautiful, selfless young woman who possesses a magical
gift, secretly creating brilliant silk fabrics. Audiences will be introduced to
original life-size puppetry from Jim Henson's Creature Shop, and an original
song, "Sing to the Sky," both created exclusively for the
"Working on the poster design for The Secret
Silk has been a wonderful creative opportunity," said artist Katie Rodgers. "I
love taking a script and seeing where the words take me artistically.
‘The Secret Silk' has an air of mystery to it which I love to recreate with my
Rodgers is the artist and illustrator behind
the fanciful world of Paper Fashion. Since childhood, Rodgers has been bringing
her imaginations to life through fantastical artwork which effortlessly dances
around the tiles of Instagram. Known for her elegant and often animated Shadow
Dancers, her work has been commissioned by the likes of Cartier,
Jaeger-LeCoultre, Estee Lauder, Perrier Jouet, Disney, Focus Features, Harper's
Bazaar, and Swarovski, among others.
"The Secret Silk" premieres aboard Royal
Princess, followed by Island Princess in May 2018 for the Alaska season, and
Diamond Princess sailing Japan in fall 2018. Production team for "The Secret
(Creator and Director) an American puppeteer, actor, singer, dancer, voice
artist, and comedian, whose theatre performance credits include a Tony
Award nominated Broadway debut in "Avenue Q," "Beauty and the Beast," and
"Shrek The Musical." His acclaimed off-Broadway, national and international
touring show "ImaginOcean" premiered in November as a new Jim Henson
Company series on PBS entitled, "Splash and Bubbles". John is also the host of
SiriusXM On Broadway's "Sunday Funday."
(Choreographer) is a veteran of 10 Broadway shows including starring in the
original cast of "Fosse," winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical.
Choreography includes "Shrek the Halls," "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor
Dreamcoat," and "A Dog Story."
(Scenic Designer) is a three-time Tony Award nominee with more than 18 Broadway
shows to her credit. Currently her sets and costumes can be seen in "School of
Rock" on Broadway, London, and the U.S. tour.
(Costume Designer) is a set and costume designer for theater and live events.
He has designed over 200 shows on Broadway, both in the U.S. and
internationally. He is the recipient of the Tony Award, Obie Award for
Sustained Excellence, three Lortel Awards, the TDF Irene Sharaff Award, two ATW
Henry Hewes Awards, and a Helen Hayes Award.
(Lighting Designer) leads Quantum Creative Studios with a focus on imagining,
designing, and developing attractions, themed environments, experiences, and
shows. He has been the lighting designer for hundreds of productions
across the country.
(Sound Designer) has been a Los Angeles-based sound engineer for over 20 years
and a sound designer for the last 10. He's worked musical theatre productions
across the U.S. and Asia and has sound designed more than 15 productions for
(Video and Projection Designer) is a video and projection designer with offices
in both New York and Los Angeles. His designs have been seen on stages around
the world in over 100 productions of musicals, plays, operas, and dance
(Musical Director) is a former Los Angeles
session musician who now orchestrates for major U.S. symphonies, and is best
known as the curiously silent piano player on "Glee."
(Music Producer and Orchestrator) is a Los Angeles-based Australian screen
composer working with the Hans Zimmer/Sony ATV joint venture Bleeding Fingers
Custom Music Shop.
(Original Song - Lyrics) is a composer and
lyricist whose musicals have been seen around the world in more than 200
productions, including off-Broadway and in London's West End.
(Original Song - Music) is a composer and
composition teacher based in New York. His works include "Cupid and Psyche"
with lyricist Sean Heartley, "Cinderella After the Ball" and "The Nutcracker
Sings" with lyricist Eddie Sugarman.
Jayson Raitt (Supervising
Producer) is a Tony Award-nominated producer who has 20 years of creative
development, management, and leadership experience.
In addition to "The
Secret Silk," Princess Cruises' partnership with Stephen Schwartz has premiered
"Magic to Do" and "Born to Dance" onboard select ships in the fleet. This
theatrical partnership adds to the cruise line's Come Back New Promise,
a multi-million dollar investment to enhance the onboard guest experience,
ultimately resulting in more transformative moments, lifetime memories and
meaningful stories to share from a cruise vacation.
information about Princess Cruises is available through a professional travel
agent, by calling 1-800-PRINCESS (1-800-774-6237), or by visiting the company's
website at princess.com.
About Jim Henson Creature Shop:
Over the past 50 years, Jim Henson's Creature
Shop™, a division of The Jim Henson Company, has been one of the premier
practical visual effects companies in the entertainment industry; creating memorable
puppet and creature characters for film and television. Following in the
footsteps of Jim Henson, the Creature Shop continues to be on the forefront of
technological innovation in both practical visual effects, and now animation.
They have developed a breakthrough in animation with their patented Emmy-Award
winning Henson Digital Puppetry Studio. The groundbreaking system produces
immediate real-time animation of 3D generated digital characters. The Creature
Shop also functions as a creative service company to the rest of the
entertainment industry, working on projects in the areas of film, advertising,
and themed-entertainment; and creatively collaborating with artists in the
About Princess Cruises:
One of the
best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises is a global cruise line and tour
company operating a fleet of 17 modern cruise ships renowned for their
innovative design and wide array of choices in dining, entertainment and
amenities, all provided with the experience of exceptional customer service. As
an award-winning destination leader offering international cruise vacations,
Princess carries two million guests each year to more than 360 destinations
around the globe on more than 150 itineraries ranging in length from three to
111 days. The company is part of Carnival Corporation & plc (NYSE/LSE: CCL;
information is available at princess.com/news.
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