Winter Olympics Class Play or Assembly
Cast of around 30 (with some doubling up)
Duration: Around 15 minutes (without music suggestions)
Sporting events such as the Olympics always cover such amazing stories - inspirational, tragic and many that are just plain hilarious This assembly or class play 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.