- Vicki Wachi Springs State Park in Florida is hiring mermaids for its underwater theater.
- A state spokesman told the insider that the auditions were “tough and challenging”.
- Wikiwatch mermaids must swim in 72 degrees of water, which is 16 feet below the surface.
If you’re a strong swimmer who likes to have fun, you’re in for a treat: Mermaid Auditions are being held at WikiWatch Springs State Park in Florida.
Or at least, actors who can play the role of mermaids with confidence.
Six successful candidates will swim in a 16-foot-deep natural fountain, attached to a 500-seat theater.
According to officials, though, it is a difficult flicker. “Being a mermaid can be fascinating, but it’s also very demanding,” said park spokeswoman Alexandra Kacha.
“Our actors find it easy, but the process is tough and challenging. It’s common to audition multiple times before hiring artists.”
What skills are required?
Candidates who are at least 18 years old will have to complete a swimming test that includes 370m freestyle or breaststroke swimming in less than 16 minutes, Kacha said.
There are currently 19 underwater theater artists at Vickiwachi Springs State Park. Kacha said he was “really an underwater player.”
He added that during the work, he should maintain his enthusiasm, hit his gestures on time and look completely flawless to his audience – all of which are strong enough to float in 72-degree water. It is against the current.
Mermaids also need to hold their breath for a long time. However, during the show, they can carefully breathe through thin breathing tubes.
Tube technology was invented by Newton Perry, the father of WikiWatch founder, a former US Navy frogman who trained cells to swim underwater in World War II.
Perry devised a way to breathe underwater through a hose pipe that delivers oxygen from the air compressor.
This is how the concept of mermaid shows came about.
Weeki Wachee is steeped in tradition. The park’s Matsyangana Shows have entertained visitors for nearly 75 years.
The underwater shows include “The Little Mermaid” and a new addition called “Walkers of the Wiki”. The latter explores the park’s colorful history, dating back to the 1900s.
In the past, visitors have seen Wikiwatch mermaids present classic stories, including “Alice in Wonderland,” “Snow White,” “Peter Pan,” and “The Wizard of Oz.”
The park performed its first show on October 13, 1947.
Other attractions in the park include wildlife animal shows, riverboat cruises, and kayaking in Buckney Bay.
Visitors to the park can see blue seagulls, monkeys and even alligators.
The park serves mermaids all year round, Kacha said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” he said.