If you, like me, know exactly one thing about the Olympics (and it’s that Michael Phelps is in it) chances are the dramatic and theatrical opening ceremony probably pique your interest more than any of the sports actually do.
The three hour opening ceremony kicks off at 9 p.m London Time but unfortunately it won't be streamed or broadcast live here in the states, we’ll have to wait until tonight (7.27.12) at 7:00 p.m. ET on NBC to watch all the fun.
The opening ceremony is being called the “Isles of Wonder” and is being directed by Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle. The three-hour show is being kept under wraps but the director did reveal that it is inspired by William Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”
According to the Olympics official site, London2012.com, "a cast of 15,000 people will take place in the opening and closing ceremonies, which will be watched by an estimated four billion."
What little spoilers we know about the show are that it will include 70 sheep, 12 horses, 10 chickens and nine geese and that there is supposedly a rain machine being utilized. Verdict still out on how the rain machine will be used.
Daniel Craig is supposed to make an appearance and Paul McCartney is reportedly leading a sing along of “Hey Jude.”
The athletes from each country will parade through Olympic Stadium in alphabetical order, and Great Britain, the host country, will be last.
It's still unclear who'll be the last person to light the Olympic Flame which ignites the Cauldron and signals the start of the Games, though it's likely to be a famous British athlete. The obvious choice is David Beckham for so many reasons.
The show is supposed to “present a quirky, humorous and vibrant vision of quintessential Britain, its history and future,” according to Newser.com.
I have no idea what to expect. Sheep? Chicken? Paul McCartney? I guess you’ll have to watch to find out.