Friday, July 27, 2012

Amazing Things That Could Happen at the Olympics' Opening Ceremony!

The 2012 Olympics kick off TOMORROW and I don't remember the last time I've been so excited for the opening ceremonies. While the details have been pretty hush hush so far, we do know that movie director Danny Boyle (the man behind Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and more) is producing the show. We also know it will be a star studded, pop culture infused spectacle that showcases the very best things the U.K has given the world (cough, David Beckham). 

Truth be told, some pretty incredible things have been leaked. The show is titled "Isles of Wonder" (inspired by the Shakespeare play The Tempest) and Danny Boyle told the Today Show that he's trying to create a "live film.' I don't know about you, but I have the chills already!
Here's just a few of the amazing things we've been hearing about:

1. A Harry Potter vs Mary Poppins Showdown
I picture a Quidditch game over the crowd--brooms versus umbrellas! But, during a portion of the show that features favorite British storybook characters from Alice in Wonderland to Peter Pan--Lord Voldemort and a hoard of flying Mary Poppins-esque nannies are possibly going head-to-head.

2. The Queen is Coming!

It's the Queen's job to officially declare the "games open" however it's confirmed that a live appearance is weather dependent. But, widespread rumors suggest that she also prerecorded a segment in Buckingham Palace that features James Bond himself--Daniel Craig--that is a key part of the show's opening!

3. Two Words--David Beckham

Becks has confirmed he's appearing in the show but mum's the word on anything else. Yet, papers in London like the Daily Mail believe he'll have the honor of lighting the Olympic cauldron with, wait for it, a flaming football. I am praying to the soccer Gods that this is true.

4. Sir Paul McCartney Ties It Up with a Bow

Paul is definitely closing out the show with a much anticipated performance. Possibly a sing-a-long to the Beatles classic "Hey Jude." Thousands upon thousands of people singing in unison "take a sad song and make it better" is just perfect.

5. The Athletes!

We can't forget that the whole point of the opening ceremonies is to honor the impressive and inspiring athletes from over 200 countries participating in the games! I don't know about you but I always tear up during the "parade of athletes"--a mainstay of every opening ceremony!

And how about these crazy facts about the opening ceremonies:

- There are 10,000 volunteers on hand to make sure everything runs smoothly from the stage to the stands.
- And 10,000 performers!
- The show cost around $42 million to pull off . . .

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