VANOC seeking volunteers for opening and closing ceremonies of Paralympic Games

The Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) is looking for volunteers with all types of abilities and performance skills to participate and play a part in the opening and closing ceremonies for the Paraylmpic Games in February.

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Open to all performers aged six or older as of September 1, 2009 are invited to apply at www.vancouver2010.com/ceremonies. The deadline for applications is October 9, 2009.

“We’re looking for thousands of people who are brimming with enthusiasm and wear their hearts on their sleeves to perform in these large-scale productions. No previous experience is necessary,” said David Guscott, VANOC’s executive vice president of celebrations and partnerships. “We want the audience and athletes to get swept up in the magic as we celebrate their incredible stories and encourage them to reach for their dreams here in Canada in 2010.”

A creative team from across Canada, announced last month, has been assembled by ceremonies producer Patrick Roberge Productions (PRP) to stage the ceremonies and direct the 5,000 volunteer performers.

“We can hardly wait to meet these volunteers and work with them,” said Patrick Roberge. “They’re going to have an amazing experience. We’re going to have some spectacular performance components that showcase dance, highlight unique abilities and celebrate the athletes.”

On March 12, 2010 the Opening Ceremony for the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games will take place at BC Place in downtown Vancouver in front of 55,000 people. Nine days later, the Games will draw to its official end in Whistler in an outdoor amphitheatre designed especially for the Olympic and Paralympic Victory Ceremonies and the Paralympic Closing Ceremony.

 

Auditions will take place over several months starting in October with no open casting calls as auditions will be scheduled by invitation to online applicants.  Candidates will be notified by the end of November if they have been successful in landing a ceremonies role. Rehearsals will start in January.

For more information on ways to participate in the ceremonies, visit www.vancouver2010.com/ceremonies.

 

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