Since graduating from Full Sail’s Show Production program in 2006, Christian Zuniga has gone from Orlando to Europe (as a sound mixer and later Head of Sound on a cruise ship for Royal Caribbean International) to Macau SAR, China, where he currently serves as a Sound Engineer for the popular Franco Dragone-directed show, “The House of Dancing Water.”
“When I found out about this project [three years ago] I thought it was amazing,” says Christian. “It was the perfect move for my career. Having some experience with underwater shows on cruise ships I thought it was going to be an easy transition, but once I got here I realized the magnitude of this show, and knew a new challenge had started for me.”
The extravagant, water-based “House of Dancing Water” is about a fisherman who is pulled underwater into the magical kingdom of the Dark Queen. The show, which features more than 80 gymnasts, circus artists, dancers, and divers, takes place in a purpose-built, 2,000-seat theater with a record-breaking stage pool that holds 3.7 million gallons of water. Christian’s responsibilities include checking all of the equipment daily to make sure it’s working properly and mixing front of house sound during the theater’s two nightly performances.
“My favorite part of my job is the learning side of things,” says Christian. “I learn something different every single day. It’s like being in school all over again.”
Franco Dragone Entertainment Group, known worldwide for its lavish stage productions, will produce the opening ceremonies of the 2014 FIFA World Cup this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.