Band waits on the sidelines.
[play clip 01]: e-mail
Ladies and gentlemen, the two-thousand nine Marching Owl Band halftime performance will commence...
As soon as I finish sending this e-mail.
Band takes the field.
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[play clip 02]: Hamlet's Twitter
To tweet, or not to tweet? Alas, there's no way I'm finishing in one-hundred forty characters.
Hamlet flees two other show assistants dressed in period clothing; the chase pauses periodically while Hamlet updates his Twitter feed. Soon after, Hamlet is slain and other show assistants rush the field, killing almost all remaining musicians.
Star Wars Tie Fighter
[play clip 03]: Darth Vader's Facebook activities
[SFX: vader breath]
You'll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villany.
[SFX: vader breath]
Ah, Facebook — I find your lack of privacy... disturbing.
Imperial March [intro only],
When Darth clicks on "Freeze Han Solo in Carbonite," the on-field Han is encased in such.
The hat of the Wicked Witch
[play clip 04]: news article claiming OZ doesn't compare to Kansas
What?! You've insulted Oz for the last time, Dorothy. I'll troll you my pretty, and your little dog too! (maniacal laughing)
[play clip 05]: Hot or Not
Gimme Some Lovin'
[play clip 06]: oversized magnet
[play clip 07]: eBay brain auction
If I Only Had a Brain
[play clip 08]: godaddy.com domains
Somewhere Over the Rainbow
[play clip 09]: i can haz cheezburger
Great Balls of Fire
[play clip 10]: BSOD
I'm crashing. I'm crashing! I'm crashing! (anguish)
WWotW is chased by a motorized house. The full gravity of the situation catches up with her sometime during Somewhere Over the Rainbow and she is no more. The house does a victory lap in celebration.
[play clip 11]: YouTube search
The band begins scattering, then suddenly freezes. A huge mouse cursor runs from the sideline to click a button, changing it from pause to play.
That concludes our multimedia adventure into social networking. And look, we made it through the entire show without mentioning Tulsa's new mascot. Have you seen Captain 'Cane? Check out his superhero backstory on Tulsa's Web site. It involves a romantic tryst between the Boy Wonder and Captain Planet.
Ladies and gentlemen, the two-thousand nine Marching Owl Band!
This was our first attempt at tightly coupling the show concept to video and audio from the scoreboard. Due to scheduling difficulties relating to the video operators, we were not able to rehearse with the video on the screen.
It wasn't until the actual performance that the video appeared on the screen; unfortunately, it was noted that much of the text was too small to read at a distance — even on a screen as large as Rice's. In future video productions, we'll need to rely less on reading the screen because audience comprehension was severely limited.
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