Way back in 2011, SeaWorld Orlando announced a brand-new stage show called “O Wondrous Night” as part of its SeaWorld Christmas Celebration event. Five years later, the show is still going strong. It tells the story of the Nativity through the eyes of the animals who were in the stable on that fateful night. It’s signature is replacing the animal puppets who tell the story with real-life counterparts at the end. Run through the history of “O Wondrous Night” via the videos below. They feature interviews about it, as well as various versions of the show itself over the years.
O Wondrous Night announcement
Here’s the original announcement for “O Wondrous Night” back on November 22, 2011. With its combination of puppeteering and a living nativity, the show was a first for SeaWorld Orlando. It was wildly popular in its first year, and that popularity has continued for half a decade.
Creative Team Interviews
When “O Wondrous Night” was originally announced, the creative team behind this new SeaWorld Orlando show was on hand to do interviews with the media. If you’d like to learn about the creative process behind this enduring Christmas offering, you’ll get the details in this video.
O Wondrous Night Animal Puppets
The animal puppets in “O Wondrous Night” have very distinct personalities. Even though their human “handlers” are clearly visible, you’ll quickly accept them as full characters. Learn more about this integral part of the show from Entertainment Supervisor John Minneci.
Live Animals in O Wondrous Night
While the animal puppets are the undisputed stars of “O Wondrous Night” at SeaWorld Orlando, they come pretty close to being upstaged by their real-life animal counterparts. If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to train everything from donkeys to birds to camels to make live stage appearances, you’ll learn about the animal stars in this interview with trainer Joel Slaven.
O Wondrous Night 2011
“O Wondrous Night” made its debut at SeaWorld Orlando in 2011. If you’d like to see the full performance of this show, which runs a little over half an hour, one of the very first performances is captured in this video. You’ll love the humor, the stirring songs, and the live nativity at the end.
O Wondrous Night 2013
“O Wondrous Night” entered its third year in 2013. As you can see if you compare this video to the original 2011 version, not much changed over the years. Even some original cast members stuck with the performance.
O Wondrous Night 2015
It’s now 2015, and “O Wondrous Night” is still going strong. Faces in the cast have changed, but it still has the same moving music and powerful vocal performances, along with the cute puppets and of course their living counterparts who still take the stage for the grand finale.