Winter Olympics Assembly or Class Play
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This assembly/class play - cast of around 30 (easily reduced by doubling up - instructions given in Performance Notes at the end of the play) has just been updated to include the last host, Russia - the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics; the host for 2018 being South Korea.
Sporting events such as the Olympics always cover such amazing stories - inspirational, tragic and many that are just plain hilarious - that the task of condensing all the available information to a manageable script is indeed a challenge.
This assembly is a summary of the Games' history up to 2018, covering dates, records and stories about the competitors themselves. As is normally the case in my assemblies, the narrator's task is not an enviable one - this time involving risk to life and limb, as he/she is assaulted on all sides by practicing speed skaters, skiers, lugers, bobsledders, ice hockey players ... and curlers?!
Written in my usual irreverent style, this assembly sets out to both inform and entertain. I hope you enjoy it!
Also available: Set of Guided Reading Scripts covering history of Winter Olympics up to 2018 (with supplementary quizzes); plus ‘Comprehensive’ Quiz.
Child 23: 1984. Yugoslavia!
Music 6 Ravel's Bolero (Torvill and Dean version)
(Two figure skaters glide gracefully onto stage, and perform part of Torvill and Dean's dance performance)
Narrator: (Mopping his eyes, overcome with emotion) I can hardly speak! Excuse me, one moment!
(Six ‘judges' appear with six cards bearing the number 6)
Narrator: Six perfect scores - of 6! Who would believe it? Thank you so much, Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean! My, did you make Great Britain proud of you! (Gasping) What grace! What beauty!
Music 7 - Fly Like an Eagle - Steve Miller Band
(Enter skier, clumsily clumping around in out-sized skis)
Narrator: Oh dear! Talk about complete contrast! And who would you be?
(Cast start chanting "Eddie! Eddie! Eddie!")
Skier: (Indignantly) Who would I be? You mean, you haven't heard of the other Great British sporting legend? Eddie the Eagle?
Narrator: Well, you certainly don't have Torvill and Dean's grace!
Skier: Well, I don't suppose they managed any lifts quite as high as any one of my jumps!
Child 24: Well, no disrespect or anything but I don't remember seeing any British Ski Jumping medals at those 1988 Canada Olympics - which the Soviet Union won again ...
Skier: But only in number of medals! I reckon I won more hearts - certainly back in Britain, where I received a hero's welcome home - even if I did come last! It's not just about the medals, you know!
Narrator: He's got a point. But come on, we've still got a little way to go ‘til we get to 2014. Next!
Child 25: 1992, France! Germany won most medals this time!
Child 26: 1994, Norway! The first Winter Olympics to be held in a different year from the Summer Olympics, setting the future pattern - the two Games taking place two years apart. Russia won most medals this year.
Child 28: 1998, Japan! First time snowboarding takes place!
(Enter snowboarder, nearly knocking Narrator over with board he's carrying)
Narrator: Ouch! (Furiously)What is it with you winter athletes? Can't you watch where you're going? First time for snowboarding, eh? If I had anything to do with it, I'd make it the last! Now, go!
(Sighing) I think I'm just about done! What with being run over by crazy speed skaters and lugers; knocked around by men with big boards...Now if I had my way, we'd just stick to that lovely peaceful figure skating ....
(Enter two figure skating couples, shouting at each other and pushing each other around)
Narrator: Hold it! Hold it! What's going on here? These cannot be figure skaters, surely?
Judge: ‘Fraid so. It was all rather unfortunate, at those 2002 Winter Olympics in the U.S.A. Let's just say, the decision over who should have won the gold medal
Couple 1: That's us!
Couple 2: No, it should have been us!
Judge: Was just a little controversial. So we ended up awarding two gold medals - one to each couple!
(Both couples cheer and then exit, with the judge)
Narrator: Phew! About time I had a break from these crazy competitors!
(Enter two girl ‘bobsledders' -pushing bobsleigh at speed and nearly knocking Narrator over)
Bobsledder: At last! Girls allowed to compete in bobsledding!
Narrator: (Screaming) Ah! Is it not safe anywhere? I've never said it before but (raising fist at departing bobsleigh) Women drivers!
Child 29: Steady on, there!
Narrator: (Exploding) You're telling me to ‘Steady on there!'? What about the rest of you?
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