Articles Blog

Behind the scenes at the Boston Celtics halftime show

Behind the scenes at the Boston Celtics halftime show


THIS WEEKEND, BE SURE TO CATCH
THE SHOW INSIDE THE SHOW, A
SERIES OF PERFORMANCES AND
GIVEAWAYS TO PUMP UP THE
EXPERIENCE. CARRIE IRVING MOVES THE BALL
INSIDE THE COURT, BUT IN THIS
PASSENGER, — THIS PASSAGEWAY,
SHE IS THE GENERAL.>>EVERY NIGHT, WE HAVE TO
ENTERTAIN OVER 18,000 FANS AND
MAKE SURE THAT NIGHT IS SPECIA
SHE AND THE DIRECTOR OF GAME
PRESENTATION ARE RUNNING THROUGH
THE HALFTIME GAME PLAN.>>THAT WILL TAKE US TO THE 10
SECOND COUNTDOWN. COMMUNICATION IS THE BIGGEST
PART. WE HAVE PEOPLE ON HEADSETS ALL
OVER THE ARENA.>>ONE KEY MEMBER, MARINA
ORTEGA, WHO RUNS THE CELTICS
DANCERS. THE ROAD TO A PERFORMANCE IS
INTENSE.>>THIS JOB IS PART-TIME, THE
FULL-TIME COMMITMENT. THERE ARE 70 DIFFERENT
COMPONENTS.>>IT STARTS WITH A THREE-DAY
AUDITION. EVEN RETURNING DANCERS NEED TO
EARN A SPOT. TEAM MEMBERS RETURN THREE TIMES
A WEEK TO PERFECT ROUTINES THAT
MAY ONLY BE PERFORMED ONCE IN
FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE THAT DID
NOT COME TO SEE THEM.>>HOW MANY OF YOU ARE FULL-TIME
STUDENTS?>>DURING THE DAY, I WORK AT AN
IMMIGRATION LAW FIRM DOWNTOWN. IN THE NIGHT, I COME HERE AND
PUT ON MY OUTFIT, IT IS LIKE MY
SUPERMAN CAPE.>>WHATEVER THEIR DAY JOBS, WHEN
THESE YOUNG WOMEN ARRIVE, THEY
ARE PART OF THE CELTICS FAMILY.>>HOW MANY PEOPLE THINK WE’RE
GOING TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP? [CHEERS]
>>MEANWHILE, THE GREEN TEAM
TAKES FLIGHT. ONCE JUST PROMOTIONAL T-SHIRT
TOSSERS, THIS SQUAD NOW HAS
SKILLS.>>IT HAS EVOLVED OVER THE
YEARS. MUCH MORE EMPHASIS IS FOCUSED ON
OUR ACROBATS, GYMNASTICS.>>ALL-STAR CHEERLEADER JOCELYN
TRAVELS UP TO FOUR HOURS FROM
CONNECTICUT.>>I DRIVE A LOT.>>BOSTON’S FAVORITE LEPRECHAUN,
LUCKY, LEADS THE DUNK TEAM,
DUBBED THE JETBLUE FLIGHT CREW. THE NEWEST MEMBER IS SHAKING
RIMS AND BREAKING A BARRIER.>>I’M EXCITED TO BE THE FIRST
FEMALE ON THE CELTICS DUMP —
DUNK TEAM. THERE ARE TWO OTHER FEMALES IN
THE NBA AND I WANT TO SHOW THE
GIRLS THAT YOU CAN DO THIS, TOO.>>FAST-FORWARD BACK TO GAME
DAY. BEFORE FANS ARRIVE, THE CELTICS
DANCERS ARE PUTTING THE
FINISHING TOUCHES ON THEIR
OPENING ROUTINE. THE MUSIC IS BEHIND US, YOU FEEL
THE ENERGY HERE. WHO IS THE KYRIE OF YOUR DANCE
SQUAD?>>I HAVE GOT 18 OF THEM.>>SPOKEN LIKE A 13 YEAR
VETERAN, BUT FOR ROOKIES LIKE
MARY, THIS IS ALL NEW.>>CLAIMS ARE EXCITED. A LITTLE NERVOUS, BUT ONLY
BECAUSE I CARE. I AM SO READY.>>AS THE GREEN TEAM WAITS FOR
THEIR TURN, EVERY MOMENT IS
ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO PRACTICE.>>RIGHT NOW, WE ARE BACKSTAGE. A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK ON
WHERE WE GET READY.>>IN THE CENTER OF IT ALL, THE
EVENT MANAGER KEEPS HER EYES ON
THE CLOCK.>>WE WORK A LOT. WE SAY SOMETIMES WE SEE EACH
OTHER MORE THAN WE SEE OUR
FAMILIES, BUT IT IS THE CELTICS
FAMILY.>>AS THE GREEN TEAM TAKES THE
FLOOR, WE MEET UP WITH A
LONGTIME MEMBER OF THE CELTICS
FAMILY WHO ABSOLUTELY LOVES WHAT
HE DOES. WHAT WAS IT LIKE PLAYING WITH
LARRY BIRD?>>FIRST>>THING, LARRY BIRD
PLAYED WITH ME. IF YOU ARE SURPRISED FOR THAT
RESPONSE, THEN YOU DON’T KNOW
CEDRIC MAXWELL.>>UNIX THOSE TOGETHER, YOU
MIGHT SAY ANYTHING.>>AS A PLAYER, HE TALKED THE
TALK, BUT WALKED THE WALK. HIS NUMBER IN THE RAFTERS, A
TESTAMENT TO THAT. NOW HE TEAMS UP WITH THE VOICES
OF CELTICS RADIO.>>HE HAS EVERY NUMBER, EVERY
SITUATION. ALL I WANT TO KNOW IS IF THEY
CAN PLAY OR NOT AND WHAT THEY DO
ON THE COURT. WE FIT TOGETHER WELL.>>THERE IS ANOTHER THING HE
KNOWS. CHRONICLE.>>WHEN YOU GO OUT AND DO THE
MOVES, UP IN MAINE YOUR VERMONT,
AND ALL THESE GREAT PLACES IN
NEW ENGLAND, CHRONICLE TAKES YOU
THERE.>>ARE YOU TRYING TO STEP ON MY
TERRITORY HERE?>>WHOA, LEAVE THAT TO THE
PROFESSIONALS.>>IN THE TUNNEL, AS HALFTIME
APPROACHES, THE DANCERS WAIT
PATIENTLY, AS SHE PREPS THE
FEATURED PERFORMER. THE LAST SHOT IS UP. MAX MAKES THE CALL AND IT IS
TIME. THE PERFORMANCE IS A HUGE
SUCCESS. LAST UP IS BETSY, OUR FEMALE
FLIGHT CREW MEMBER, MAKING HER
DEBUT. SHE NAILS IT.>>YOU JUST KIND OF STAY IN THE
SHADOWS AND LIKE TO WATCH
EVERYTHING GO ON. JUST KNOWING YOU HAD A LITTL

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *