This is an eyewitness report from the NowPublic member Jordan Yerman who was on the scene.
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Opening Ceremonies: Leaks and Speculation
No matter how tightly VANOC tries to control the public, it's inevitable that details from the top-secret Opening Ceremonies rehearsals will leak.
Generally, those invited have been keeping the Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremonies a secret because it's fun to be in on something that others aren't, as evidenced by everyone I spoke to last night in Yaletown, who had just come from the final rehearsal. They were just loving it that the rest of us didn't know what was going to happen. Not everyone, though, was so impressed.
However, I was able to ascertain that the Opening Ceremonies will not involve choreographed ice-dancing moose, beavers, raccoons, purse-sized dogs, or any other wildlife that symbolizes Vancouver.
Expect some sort of polar bear, though, since this is Canada, and Coca-Cola is a major sponsor.
The biggest secret of all is who will light the Olympic Torch. This element was not publicly rehearsed, because VANOC knows about Twitter, and there's no way that the public would keep that a secret. I'm guessing it'll be Wayne Gretzky. I'm also hoping for a suprise Leonard Cohen appearance.
We know that a performer was injured during an early rehearsal which involved a ski jump, and that our First Nations community will play a large role in the Opening Ceremonies, despite the divides taht characterize our day-to-day reality. This is, after all, a show- and the biggest live TV production in Canadian History. Some of the performers couldn't resist telling the world about their participation, though, which is understandable. We know that Bryan Adams, Sarah McLachlan and Nelly Furtado will be appearing, too.
Any spectator seen taking a photo was hauled out to the aisle like a grade-schooler and told to delete it while security overlooked.
Vancouver is Rain City, and, even though BC Place is a covered stadium, the crowd could still get rained upon. It happened on January 14, while maintenance crews were looking the other way.
Heavy rains forecast by Environment Canada will test the crew responsible for keeping water from pooling on B.C. Place Stadium’s 27-year-old air-supported fabric roof.
If you're attending the Vancouver 2010 Opening Ceremonies, get to BC Place early. Very early. Security will make the typical airport procedures look like nothing.
Amazing Opening Ceremonies dress rehearsal last night. Who knew Anne Murray could breakdance like that? #van2010 #spoileralert
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