Opening Ceremonies: The Goods

Derrick and I were extremely touched by the Opening Ceremonies, especially being there in person. The audience was a big part of the experience, so seeing it on TV was not the same. With that said, I’d like to share with you why it felt so different.

The media described this show as “intimate and personal”. It sure was.

When I saw the Beijing opening ceremonies, all I could think was “OMG, we’re never gonna top that”. But Vancouver did a spectacular job of making it different. It was all about the experience – and what better way to do it by having the audience participate.

Everyone paid a crap load of money to attend, so I was so excited to see that we all played a key role in the show. Upon arriving (after a 20min line-up through security), our seats each had a drum kit filled with goodies. This had everything we needed to make noise, light the scene and of course, show our pride.

A blue poncho, a flashlight with coloured decal, a battery-powered candle, drumstick and Canadian flag. For today, I will share with you the overall kit, but you will need to visit our blog tomorrow to see how everything was used…

The design team did such a clever job of designing this multi-purpose kit. It was a drum, sign and container all in one. The sticker you see on the left side was the seat number – every seat had a specific kit to use. Collectively, the audience created a canvas that painted several images. A more elaborate explanation of this canvas will be shared tomorrow.

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At the very beginning of the show, there was an audience countdown to the start of the Opening Ceremonies. Each section of the audience was a different number in the countdown – the back of this kit (as seen below) had a sticker in the centre indicating which number we were in the countdown. Derrick and I were #1!

We had to stand up and hold our kits in the air and shout our number. Lights projected each number on the crowd as well.

As for the drum aspect, there were two holes in the back to stick your fingers through and hold. This came in handy when you were beating your drum to death with the included drumstick.

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Every side was dressed with aboriginal artwork and Games graphics.

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There was a bit of assembly work upon opening the kit – to unwrap all the packaged contents and insert batteries.

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The lights (below) created one of my favourite parts of the show. As mentioned earlier, I’ll provide more details of how these items were used tomorrow.

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You couldn’t really see this on camera, but you could hear its continuous rumbling throughout the show. It was a treat for my hands and a memorable souvenir from this once in a lifetime experience.

Stay tuned for more,

> Christine

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