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09 March 2018

Quantum Creative Studios collaborates with Princess Cruises on the Line's Newest Stephen Schwartz Production "The Secret Silk"

KEARNY, New Jersey (March 7, 2018) – Quantum Creative Studios recently completed work on the premiere of the new production show “The Secret Silk” in collaboration with Princess Cruises and their partnership with Stephen Schwartz (Oscar-, Tony- and Grammy award-winning composer of “Wicked,” “Pippin,” and “Godspell”). Jayson Raitt, Creative Producer of Quantum, served as the show’s Supervising Producer, and Quantum’s Chief Creative Director, Kelly Easterling, served as the show’s Lighting Designer.

Quantum, a leading creative entertainment and experience producer, has consulted on other production shows and entertainment offerings for Princess Cruises. Raitt and Easterling also worked with Princess Cruises’ sister line Cunard on their 175th Anniversary celebration with a nighttime spectacular in New York Harbor from the decks of the iconic Queen Mary 2.

“The Secret Silk” is a remarkable tale of adventure, romance, and enchantment that features familiar music and brings together some of Broadway’s best talent to Princess Cruises audiences. The new show, created and directed by Tony Award-nominated John Tartaglia, recently debuted exclusively on Royal Princess in February 2018 and will be followed by installations aboard Island Princess in May 2018 for the Alaska season, and Diamond Princess in winter 2018. The production is based on a classic Asian folklore with a contemporary spin, and features inspired performances through the use of music, dance, puppetry and visuals – including original life-sized puppet creations by Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.

The production team for “The Secret Silk” includes:

  • John Tartaglia, (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.”
  • Shannon Lewis, (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.”
  • Anna Louizos, (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.
  • Clint Ramos, (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.
  • Kelly Easterling (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.
  • Danny Fiandaca (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 Princess Cruises.
  • Aaron Rhyne (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 performances.
  • Brad Ellis (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.”
  • Andrew Christie (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.
  • Adam Gwon, (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.
  • Jihwan Kim, (Original Song - Music) is a composer and composition teacher based in New York. His works include “Cupid and Psyche” with lyricist Sean Hartley, “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. As producer of Quantum Creative Studios, he guides the company’s creation of creative entertainment and engaging experiences.


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; NYSE:CUK).

About Quantum Creative Studios

Quantum Creative Studios is a complete entertainment and experience producer, blending creative and technical expertise to inspire uniquely themed, story-driven ideas, imaginative concepts and creative content for shows, immersive experiences, and exhibitions for theme parks, cruise ships, casinos, events, retail centers, museums, trade shows, Broadway and the theatrical stage. In a unique partnership with Princess Cruises, Quantum is consulting on new production shows with creative partner Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Godspell). Recent Quantum projects include attractions for SeaWorld, nighttime spectaculars and themed environments for Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America, and Forever Cunard – Queen Mary 2 Nighttime Spectacular in New York Harbor celebrating Cunard’s 175th Anniversary. Quantum Creative Studios is a proud member of Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). For more information, please visit


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