Local actor Justin Miller joins cruise ship show company; welcomes a new and unique opportunity
Local actor Justin Miller is literally coming back to the entertainment industry. With a six-month contract aboard the Seabourn Sojourn – a 229-suite cruise ship – Miller rehearsed for her role 6 days a week for 6 weeks.
From Northhampton, England, four singers and a couple of dancers rehearsed the music, staging and choreography. They are now talking about the Sojourn – anchored off Piraeus, Greece – putting entertainment production into the onboard performance space and adding a live band. Miller will officially leave on Monday.
Being a cruise ship performer was not the path Miller originally took when he was part of a national touring company before the pandemic.
In February 2020, Miller made his Broadway series debut at the RiverPark Center playing the lead in “Finding Neverland” for hometown audiences.
Less than a month later, the show ended abruptly due to COVID.
“We went into our final performance not knowing that this was actually our final performance,” Miller said.
Miller thought he would be home for a month, but that month dragged on and he began to feel the frustration of not being able to pursue his career and his passion. He changed his mind and said he began to embrace the “little silver linings” around him, including experiencing his nephew’s first year of life and valuing all the aspects of his life.
Miller joined the Interactive Film Series at the RiverPark Center and reconnected with co-workers while playing with films. He performed in “Guys and Dolls” with Kentucky Wesleyan College and also in “Bright Star” with Encore Musicals.
“I’m so grateful for these productions because I was able to reconnect with friends and make new friendships,” Miller said. “These experiences were such joyful times in the midst of quite a dark time in the world, and seeing these incredibly talented groups of local artists come together to put on such special shows has definitely been a highlight of my stay at home. .”
As the industry gradually recovered from the pandemic, Miller was submitting recorded material for auditions for various companies. When a casting call for a cruise ship performer became available, Miller submitted material and was offered a role with the company.
He is excited about the trip as well as the variety of material from the shows.
“We perform repertoire ranging from Stevie Wonder to classical and lyrical material,” he said.
Miller will also have the opportunity to explore ports in Spain, France and Italy with other ports added to various itineraries.
“When we’re not doing shows, we can come ashore to explore these wonderful destinations and we also have the opportunity to socialize with our guests by hosting dinner parties with them or mingling throughout the day to ensure that enjoy their time. sail with us,” he said.
Miller said he still approaches performing as he always has — seizing opportunities as they arise.
“I still have my dreams and aspirations of taking my stage career to new heights professionally, of course,” he said. “But I firmly believe that there is a way everything has to happen and I will welcome any opportunity that comes my way.”