Be part of the 2012 ceremonies

A photo from the Olympic opening ceremony in BeijingThe search is on for volunteer performers to participate in the opening and closing ceremonies of the London 2012 Olympic Games. 

Performing in front of a live audience of 70,000 and a broadcast audience of more than one billion, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be part of one of the largest events ever staged in the UK.

London 2012 Ceremonies artistic directors Danny Boyle and Kim Gavin are searching for 10,000 volunteer performers to fill roles as dancers, percussionists and general all-round performers in the opening and closing ceremonies respectively.

But you only have until the end of August to apply.

To be eligible you must be aged 18 years or older on 1 March 2012. Performing opportunities for under 18s will be facilitated through a separate process, and details will be announced at a later date.

Picture from the closing ceremony at the 2008 Beijing Paralympic GamesPrevious performance experience is not required; ceremonies volunteer performers simply need lots of enthusiasm, personality, a positive attitude, huge amounts of energy and a willingness to perform in front of a stadium audience and to millions of people around the world. 

However, to deliver ceremonies of this scale to a world audience a substantial commitment is required.  You must be able to participate in:

1) Up to two auditions that will take place evenings and weekends in November and early December of this year;

2) Up to two or three rehearsal sessions each week of up to four hours per session from March 2012, and a number of all day rehearsals in the three weeks leading up to each ceremony.

All of these rehearsals will take place in East London. While it is possible for London 2012 to offer assistance with public transportation to and from rehearsals between certain zones within the Transport for London transportation network, volunteers will be responsible for covering the cost of their own travel outside these travel zones.

If you would like a chance to take part in the greatest show on earth, register your interest by completing the online application form.

The deadline for receipt of applications is Wednesday, 31 August 2011. 

Only one application per person will be accepted, and if more than 15,000 applications are received, a computerised draw will be used to randomly create the short list for auditions.

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