Olympic Games 2012 Assembly large cast version
This assembly is an extension of my original Olympic Games 2012 Assembly which was written for a class of 30 and is also available from this section of the website at £11.99.
I have kept the same ‘shape’ of the assembly, with complete coverage of the 26 sports, but with additional information and a far bigger cast of 90.
I saw this assembly as a wonderful opportunity to do a truly Olympian style assembly, involving either the whole of Key Stage II (for a small school); or three classes (of 30 each) within one year group (for a larger school). Although I have actually exceeded 90 in my casting, the eight major groups of athletes are clearly demarcated and can easily be doubled up, thus halving the cast size if preferred. Juggling of numbers should not be difficult with this assembly, as the lines (sometimes just one word) are generally brief and simple.
I have kept the same 14 music suggestions, as from the original. With the inclusion of these, I would estimate the length of production at being a good 40 minutes. But again, music (and actions) can be greatly curtailed, reducing the length to around 20 – 30 minutes. The material is there – it is for the teacher to tailor the script to his/her class/year group needs. I just wanted to offer a script that was truly versatile.
Narrator: (Shivering) Ooh! About time we switched to the swimmers! They’d be all right if they went overboard!
(Enter Child 45 carrying Aquatics banner plus Child 46 – 49)
Child 45: Well, it’s not usually that choppy in the swimming pool! But you certainly need a good set of lungs to keep you speeding through the water, doing
Child 46: Freestyle or front crawl
Child 47: Backstroke
Child 48: Breaststroke
Child 49: And butterfly
Trev: Over distances between fifty and fifteen hundred metres!
Narrator: (Sighing) A nice simple sport at last! No wonder it’s so popular!
Child 46: What do you mean?
Narrator: Well, come on. Let’s face it. All you’ve got to do is get from one end of the pool to the other!
Trev: Ah! But did you know that in the case of breaststroke and butterfly
Child 48 & 49: (Together) Both hands have to touch the pool end at the same time!
Child 47: And we all have to wear a microchip transponder on our wrists
Narrator: Microchip transponder? What on earth is that?
Child 47: It tells us how fast we’ve swum! Without it, we’re disqualified!
Narrator: Oh I say! Seems a little harsh!
(Enter Child 50 – 56; all wearing flowery swim hats)
Child 50: Oh it can be real brutal in that pool!
Narrator: And you are?
Child 50: Oh sorry! We forgot to introduce ourselves! Come on girls! Who are we?
Child 50 – 56: (Together) The synchronised swimmers!
Narrator: The what?
Child 50: (Aside) Oh dear! This one’s still got his ear plugs in!
Child 50 – 56: (Together, louder) The synchronised swimmers!
Narrator: And what, may I ask, do you do, exactly? I mean, apart from displaying these wonderful head pieces!
Child 51: We perform dance
Child 52: In the swimming pool
Child 53: Performing such moves as sailboats
Child 54: Flamingos
Child 55: Cranes
Child 56: Knights
Child 50: Side Fishtails
Child 51: All perfectly together!
Narrator: (Exploding) Fishtails! Flamingos! Am I dreaming? No? Well, I’ve think I’ve heard it all now!
Child 50: (Angrily) Er excuse me! I hope you’re not making fun of us ladies! I bet you couldn’t hold your breath underwater as long as we can!
Narrator: Or, I daresay, wear a flower cap quite so becomingly!
Child 51: But it’s not our outfits that we’re judged on!
Narrator: So, how are you judged?
Child 52: On choreography – that’s the dance
Child 53: The level of difficulty
Child 54: And the execution
Narrator: (Looking worried) Execution, did you say? Ooh. I do remember you using the word ‘brutal’ now you come to mention it!
Child 55: No, No! Execution is how it’s carried out, silly!
Narrator: Well, that’s a relief! (Pauses) So what did you mean by ‘brutal’?
Child 56: I think she was talking about how we can have marks deducted – if any part of our head piece comes off!
(Whole cast gasps in horror!)
Narrator: Ooh! I say! That is brutal! I wonder that they allow such a sport (pauses) for ladies!
Trev: Ah but you may be surprised to hear it was originally a sport for men!
Narrator: (In disbelief) Never!
Trev: Ah indeed it was! Now, of course, it is for women only but not back in the 1800s.
(Enter Child 57 – 63)
Child 57: Unlike water polo – originally a watered down version of rugby (gives a little snigger at his own joke)
Narrator: Very funny!
Child 58: But having to swim up to three miles in a match certainly isn’t!
Child 59: No one is allowed to touch the sides or bottom of the pool so we have to do a massive amount of eggbeating!
Narrator: I beg your pardon!
Child 60: Otherwise known as treading water, in case you’re wondering!
Narrator: Well, who would have thought ‘making an omelette’ and water sports had anything in common! My goodness, what a lot I’m learning today!