SeaWorld Orlando will bring back its popular mime act for a seasonal Christmas stint.
Three mimes will perform in the "Clyde and Seamore's Countdown to Christmas" show. They will include Lynn Frey, one of the three longtime performers who lost their jobs in December 2014 as part of a widespread layoff meant to save $50 million annually. The other two performers, Tom Munson and Jim Hackworth, are not returning. SeaWorld said it held an open audition for the new roles.
Frey, Munson and Hackworth had worked for SeaWorld more than 20 years, performing in the pre-show for the Clyde and Seamore sea lion show. Their departure created an uproar among loyal fans.
Earlier this year, SeaWorld Orlando park president Donnie Mills told passholders he would like to bring the mimes back on a limited basis.
"Clyde & Seamore's Countdown to Christmas" is a regular offering at SeaWorld, which puts on a big production for the holidays. SeaWorld has also expanded its Christmas offerings with the acquisition of rights to "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer." Those characters will begin appearing this year.