By Cathleen Twardzik
Cavalia’s Odysseo will open in Somerville on August 7 at 8 p.m. under “The White Big Top” at Assembly Row at the intersection of Interstate 93 and Route 28, at 201 Assembly Square Drive.
The show’s performances in Somerville will continue until at least August 18. Shows will include weekend matinees at 2 p.m.
Cavalia, Inc. has two distinct shows that tour, Cavalia and Odysseo, both of which involve the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects. Odysseo debuted in 2011. The co-founders of Cirque du Soleil conceived this extravaganza.
“When Cavalia’s original show was on tour, the production took place in Boston,” said a colleague of Jackie Rossetti, Deputy Director of Communications of the City of Somerville.
Odysseo showcases 63 horses from around the world, and the 47 artists from around the globe include dancers, riders, acrobats, musicians and aerialists. Additionally, “The White Big Top” boasts a seating capacity for 2,000 onlookers.
Besides the 120 full-time employees, Cavalia temporarily hires 200 people on a local level in each location in which it performs.
“The immediate financial boost for our local businesses is, of course, significant, but the impact this kind of exposure can have on Somerville’s economy over the long-term should not be overlooked. Cavalia will run cross-promotions with Somerville’s restaurants and bars, and others will find their own way to our businesses before and after shows, and those visitors will remember the fantastic array of options they found here. Cavalia will introduce a whole new array of patrons to our vibrant city. This production has the potential to bring up to $10 million in revenues for local businesses, including restaurants, hotels and more,” said Mayor Curtatone.
“Assembly Row is one of the most exciting development projects on the east coast, and Cavalia is one of the world’s largest touring shows. Cavalia’s Odysseo is always looking for new and interesting locations to bring their show, and given all that Somerville and Assembly Row have to offer, especially the space and the proximity to public transportation and major highways, make this a prime partnership,” said Rossetti.
“Cavalia’s production of Odysseo is not only bringing jobs to the city, but visitors to East Somerville who can partake in the fantastic array of businesses in our neighborhood. This is a wonderful opportunity to cultivate employment opportunities for East Somerville workers and to shine a spotlight on our diverse and thriving local business district,” said Maureen Bastardi, Alderman of Ward 1.
If working at the production’s Somerville stop piques your interest, then participate in a job interview on July 29 or July 30 at their big top at 101 Grand Union Boulevard, behind Home Depot. Cavalia, Inc. will “give preference” to Somerville residents.
Jobs during Odysseo’s tenure at Assembly Square will include box office, merchandise, food and beverage, cashiers, parking attendants, ushers, barmen/women, kitchen attendants, dishwashers, bussers, stable assistants and runners and drivers for the tour services department.
Employees with experience in customer service are desired, such as those who have worked front of the house for events and businesses, in hospitality, bars, restaurants or in similar positions.
Cavalia is searching for employees who can work long and flexible hours.
“We are committed to local jobs and workforce development as demonstrated in our Jobs Advisory Committee’s goals and objectives, whether through working with employers, such as with Cavalia and long-term employers, building the skills of our workforce to help connect them to emerging local career opportunities, taking advantage of educational resources, and collaborating with public and private interests to support our efforts,” said Mayor Curtatone.
Cavalia, Inc. is applying for a permit that would grant it permission to enjoy a maximum of a 12-week run at Assembly Row.
If you would like to purchase tickets call 1-866-999-8111, or visit http://www.cavalia.net/en/odysseo/tickets-info/boston-somerville-ma-usa/calendar.
Each ticket will cost between $34.50 to $219.50, plus applicable taxes and fees. Special packages and prices are available for groups, children between the ages of 2 and 12, juniors (13 to 17) and seniors of at least the age of 65.