Olympic Games Assembly: history and 2012 sporting events
This script is a combination/condensed version of two previous scripts: History of the Olympic Games and Olympic Games 2012. Whilst its main focus is coverage of all the 2012 sporting events, there is included a list of the previous 'host nations' (but without all the accompanying information i.e. medals won and 'events' on and off the course – inclusion of all this material would have made a single script far too long). Also included is the Olympic Ode – as an optional extra. Thus, the cast can be as small as 30 or as great as 75, with a cast of 52 as another possibility – the production notes explaining these numbers fully.
The duration is from 20 minutes to at least 30 minutes – this does not include music options.
(Enter Child 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 – striding around menacingly, bracing muscles and snorting)
Narrator: Oh my! And who have we got here?
Child 20: Boxing!
Child 21: Wrestling!
Child 22: Judo!
Child 23: Taekwondo!
Child 24: Weightlifting!
Narrator: (Cowering) Well, a very good day to you, gentlemen!
(Aside) I sure wouldn’t want to get on the wrong side of this lot!
(Taking a closer look at Child 20) But wait! Why, you’re a girl!
Child 20: How very observant of you!
Narrator: (Spluttering) But, but ..! This is boxing! It’s far too rough for ladies!
Child 20: That’s where you’re wrong! 2012 is allowing women boxers in for the first time ever! About time too! Watch! (Demonstrates series of punches) Hook! Jab! See! Nothing to it!
Narrator: Oh no! It’s all wrong!
Child 21: Oh really! You’re beginning to sound as old as my sport – one of the oldest around! Watch out or (takes up menacing posture) – you’re going down!
Narrator: (Tutting disapprovingly) Ooh! That’s quite enough of you lot throwing your weight around!
Child 24: Huh! There’s no way we throw our weights around! Believe me, you really wouldn’t want three times my body weight coming towards you! That’s about as much as I can lift and it’s heavy!
Trev: Two lifts – one called a snatch when the bar is lifted from the floor to overhead in one movement; and the other called a clean and jerk – where the bar is raised to the shoulders and then overhead.
Sam: Phew! Makes my eyes water just thinking about it!
Child 22: You think that’s tough? You wanna try judo!
Child 23: Or Taekwondo!
Trev: Both based on the martial arts.
Child 22: Throws and holds for judo!
Child 23: Kicks and punches for taekwondo – the way of foot and fist!
Narrator: (To Sam) I’d come away whilst you can, if I were you! They look as if they mean it!
(Bowing to Child 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24; and then ushering them to their seats) Thank you so much, gentlemen. Oh (correcting himself in front of Child 20) and m’lady! Next!
Music – 8
(Enter Child 25 pushing bicycle)
Narrator: Oh dear! Whatever happened to you! Not quite the speed of our other Olympic athletes!
Child 25: (Snorting)They don’t have wheels to oil and tyres to fix!
Narrator: So, let’s start again! When things are going well, what can we expect from you?
Child 25: Drama! Action! Craziness! (Pauses) Summed up in two words – Fast and Furious!
Narrator: Wow! Tell us more!
Child 25: Well, there are four cycling categories. BMX
Trev: Bicycle Motocross – Jumps bumps and tight corners! Starting on a eight metre high ramp
Narrator: I’m getting the crazy bit!
Child 25: Then there’s mountain biking
Trev: Not too many mountains in the south of England but a pretty special course set up at Hadleigh Farm in Essex, I’ve heard. Definitely not for the faint-hearted!
Child 25: Then road and track biking.
Narrator: And I’ve heard the host country have a pretty good chance of seeing a few medals?
Child 25: I’ll say! The Brits scooped up seven of the ten gold medals at Beijing!
Narrator: Wahoo! Oops, sorry, forgetting myself again! Next!
(Enter Child 26 ‘on horseback’)
Narrator: (Bowing to horse which bows back) Well, good day to you (pauses) both! You do seem to have a mighty well behaved horse there, ma’am !
Child 26: As one would hope! We’re off to the dressage event in a few mins!
Narrator: Well, don’t let me keep you. But before you go, could you tell us a little about these ‘equestrian’ events?
Child 26: Why certainly! Dressage is all about appearance. We – that is, my horse and I – both have to look extremely smart and do everything ‘just so’. Dressage is also a part of ‘eventing’ along with cross country and jumping.