Powerhouse Audio Visual; create a multi-media show for one of America’s best-loved personalities
American talk-show host Oprah Winfrey yesterday continued on the final leg of her 10-day Mediterranean cruise and was entertained by a specially-developed multi-media show crafted by Powerhouse Ltd, a member of the local Synergix Events Group.
A day earlier the enigmatic personality was in Malta touring some of the island’s most famous sites, before returning to the Norwegian Gem cruise ship to begin her journey home alongside 1,600 of her employees and their families. The show, which took over four months to create, provided evening entertainment for all those on board.
The technologically advanced multi-media show combines six laser lights, a water screen, special screening materials and full high definition projections. The local company dreamt up an original story revolving around a character called Harpo – Oprah’s company’s name. In the story, Harpo travels to earth from his planet far away in search of something that he feels he is missing out on. He begins his trek in Barcelona, before travelling to Rome, Sicily, Athens, Ismir, Istanbul, Santorini and Malta, meeting various eclectic characters along the way. At the end of the show, various children from the audience – all dressed in white costumes – joined Harpo on stage as he turned into a child himself. All of the music used was edited specifically for the show.
Creating and realising Harpo’s story has been a labour of love for Powerhouse Ltd company director Mark Vella. He said: “For the past eight weeks my team and I have regularly visited the Norwegian Gem to plan the event down to the tiniest detail. This was the first show of its kind to come out of Malta using specialised software to transmit the story. It was wonderful to be part of such an internationally recognized project and to help to entertain one of the biggest names in the business.”