If you are just learning about my Oprah's Favorite Things experience (back in 2004) and want to get caught up...here's Part One and here's Part Two.
Okay...Oprah, Part Three - During the Show
So, there we were in the front row, off to the right side. We settled into our seats, marveling at where we were.
The set looked smaller in person than in real life. We so wished we could have kept our cameras. But, Harpo security didn't allow it.
There were several audience specialist people who were placing and rearranging audience members. It seemed like it was according to color. Luckily we got to stay seated together!
Katie and her husband who were a few rows back in the center of the audience. (They ended up being on the opening montage due to their adorable-ness and position.)
Jen and her sister who were directly across the studio looking fab!
Sarah was towards the back in the center section with her friend. It was hard to see her, though, because of all the cameras and lighting stuff. We exchanged thrilled smiles.
Can't believe how many people we got to experience the insanity with. So cool. It was a blast to make oh-my-goodness-is-this-for-real eye contact throughout the show!
At this time we were still under the impression that the show was about teachers and teaching. So, we just kind of hung out, thrilled to be there & quietly visiting with each other and talking to the people immediately around us.
People had come from ALL over the country. Which completely made sense. I only had to drive two hours. My guest, Cathy, used to live near and teach at my school, but she'd recently moved to Little Rock, AR, so she flew in from there.
Right before Oprah came out, some Harpo studio workers came out to get us psyched up and excited about the show. Not sure we could have been more excited, but it was really fun, knowing that Oprah would be coming out momentarily.
When she did, she was doing her normal hand shaking, high fiving and clapping. The audience was screaming and cheering and clapping and jumping up and down. Oprah was adorable, of course, graciously accepting our insanity.
Then she went into the opening statements which lead into the real topic of the show...
"I love teachers. Teachers give and give and give. That's why I wanted to give you the...hottest ticket in television." And then everyone REALLY fuh-ruh-eaked.
Oprah started going through the things we were receiving one or two items at a time.
Intense is an understatement.
I literally had a headache within the first 15 mn from all the screaming (my own and others'). Which seems like I'm complaining, but I am sooooo not.
How can one brain process all the layers of what was happening?
Don't get me wrong - I still acted like a buffoon, jumping, yelling, clapping, etc. I still had an un.be.liev.a.ble time. And, happily adjusted to my headache. :-)
Several times during the show, Oprah took breaks from recording and chatted with the audience. That was so cool! She even hugged a few people.
In the end, it was around $17K worth of gifts. Nuts. And, Oprah personally helped out with the tax situation so we didn't get hit so hard. Amazing. Truly.
Some of the gifts came right out to the audience (Movado watch, mp3 player, Dooney & Burke leather weekend bag, Sony Vaio laptop, $500 Office Max giftcard, Magellan GPS, Takashimya champagne flutes, Lollia creams and bubble bath, Bourjois roll of lipsticks in a gorgeous carrying roll) and we got to carry them home in big white Oprah's favorite things gift bags. I still have them. Can't part with them.
Some of the gifts came out in an envelope with a certificate inside (Maytag washer/dryer, Flat Panel tv, Apple Bottom jeans, Williams-Sonoma 1000-thread count sheets & wool blanket, Miraval Spa trip, Orbitz airfare for the trip, Key Lime Bundt Cake, SpecialTeas tea gift certificate, Italian Water Garden tea cup and pitcher set)
Some of the gifts we picked up on our way out of the studio so they could give us the size we needed (Burberry coat & scarf, Eileen Fischer waffle weave merino wool hoodie and pants).
She ended the show with a Bebe Winans and Rob Thomas singing a gorgeous Christmas song to us as a duet.
Still can't believe it happened to me.
Gotta say, though, that like Oprah has often said...with all the stuff you're still just who you are.
Totally agree. Got all that stuff (donated and gave several things as gifts). But I'm still the same old me.
Coming Soon: Part 4 - Meeting Oprah After The Show...
Also, I'm linking up with Khrys Bosland of Keepin' It Kool In Kinderland for a Farewell 2012 Sale.
I'll be having a 20% off sale at my TpT store through the end of the year. Some of my best sellers are:
Smiles, friends! Hope to see you back for the big Shout Out Linky on January 1st!