Maypoles, Mosh Pits In Olympics Opening Ceremony More details have been revealed about the July 27 opening ceremony of the London Olympics. Noted movie director Danny Boyle says the show will open with a pastoral vision that includes horses, chickens, and sheep and somehow involves a mosh pit and a troupe of National Health Service nurses. Melissa Block and Audie Cornish have more.
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Maypoles, Mosh Pits In Olympics Opening Ceremony

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Maypoles, Mosh Pits In Olympics Opening Ceremony

Maypoles, Mosh Pits In Olympics Opening Ceremony

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More details have been revealed about the July 27 opening ceremony of the London Olympics. Noted movie director Danny Boyle says the show will open with a pastoral vision that includes horses, chickens, and sheep and somehow involves a mosh pit and a troupe of National Health Service nurses. Melissa Block and Audie Cornish have more.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

More details have emerged about the opening ceremony of the London Summer Olympics, including a lovely model of the Olympic Stadium that looks like a really big bowl of grass.

AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Or a meadow in the middle of a roundabout. There will be cows.

BLOCK: There will be sheep.

CORNISH: There will be sheepdogs, to herd the sheep.

BLOCK: There will be hedges and maypoles.

CORNISH: And people playing cricket. But despite similarities to the bucolic set of a certain iconic children's TV program, no Teletubbies.

BLOCK: We think. There will be a troop of nurses from the National Health Service.

CORNISH: We're not sure why. Oh, and there will be mosh pits.

BLOCK: The opening ceremony is called "Isles of Wonder," and it's the vision of Oscar-winning filmmaker Danny Boyle. He brought us the movies "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Trainspotting." Boyle gave a preview today while standing over a model of the Olympic Stadium. "Isles of Wonder" will reflect the U.K.'s wit - as well as its weather.

DANNY BOYLE: A couple of other things to tell you about the clouds, which will be real clouds.

CORNISH: Yes. Not cotton-wool clouds suspended on little wires - that's what hung over the stadium model - but real clouds hanging over the real stadium. Boyle gave no explanation on how he plans to control the weather.

BOYLE: Anyway, one of these clouds will provide rain.

BLOCK: Because organizers do not want to take the chance that it doesn't rain on a London-based, international sporting event.

CORNISH: Must have rain. Must have authenticity. The cost for all of this is expected to be about $42 million. You can watch it yourself - dry, at home - July 27th.

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