Ordinary People doing Extraordinary Things
In history and legend heroes live, and, in literature and art.
We admire them on the TV screen, for, somehow, they stand apart.
We recognize the clothes they wear, and, of course, their "super powers”.
Their cool courage and incredible feats, entertain us for hours.
But, there are dinkum heroes among us, they have been there for years.
Like us, they live out their daily lives with similar hopes and fears.
They do not look so different, these ordinary women and men,
Recognition is difficult, until you must depend on them.
You find them at disasters, defying bushfires, or, raging floods,
Or patrolling sandy beaches, or, at the Red Cross giving blood.
Unselfish, ordinary people, on hand, meeting others’ needs,
But when Fate has done its worst, we know them by extraordinary deeds.
Local Heroes Arena Spectacular was a large scale acknowledgment of men and women in our community who, at any time day or night, step up to save our lives. Often at the risk of their own.
This Arena Spectacular, under theatre lights with concert standard sound was the largest theatrical acknowledgment of our emergency services ever presented in NSW.
Here's a sample of the Crash Scene reenactment.[video]
Some of the groups that were acknowledged within the production were;
- NSW Fire & Rescue
- Ambulance Service
- Helicopter Rescue
- Lifeguards & Nippers
- Lollypop Ladies :)
- Animal Rescue Groups
- And more...
Hundreds of local performers within the community performed in the spectacular including;
- Feature Singers -One Classically Trained male / One Contemporary female and one child.
- 150 Dancers
- Choir & Conductor
- Musical Director
- Film Makers
- Sound and Lighting operators
- Stage Managers
- and more......
Each of the above service group were acknowledged in song, dance, poetry, personnel accounts and with the aid of their own stylized involvement. The Big Screen located in the centre of the arena also showed real footage of the groups in action and live cameras also picked up the arena action in real time.
A short film was locally written, produced, cast and filmed by local actors and film makers. This film showed 5 young adults making bad choices while driving in a car. Speeding, drinking, texting and generally being irresponsible on a public road. The driver lost control of the vehicle while trying to overtake another vehicle resulting in a terrible crash.
Also on the big screen I will have brief interviews of men and women in civilian clothing who are mothers, wives, husbands, fathers, brothers etc. Ordinary people just like those watching.
At the end of the spectacular, after the car crash on the screen, we revealed the same car, wrapped around a pole in the arena. 000 is called by a teenage witness to the crash and the rescue service teams were engaged. All 2-way transmissions were broadcast through the front-of-house speakers so the audience got to hear how structured, controlled and professionally the teams go about such a high pressure rescue situation.
Please note - Nobody actually got hurt throughout the performance of this show :)
Performing in the rescue scene were:
- School Child calling 000 and engaging emergency service personnel.
- Police Coordinating rescue.
- Police Dog apprehend driver of vehicle who's done a runner. (Australian term for "left the scene of an accident"
- Ambulance crews and paramedics attending injured.
- Fire Brigade cutting off roof of crashed vehicle.
- SES control traffic and provide public safety.
- Featured Singers
- Actual accident victim telling it from His /Her perspective as an accident victim.
- and more....