DEN members from around Southern California braved the crazy LA traffic (there was a HUGE accident that added another hour to most of their commutes!) to attend the WORLD PREMIERE Screening of DISCOVERY ATLAS!
The night began with a walk up the red carpet at Hall Davidson’s home in LA. (A HUGE Thank You to Hall, Gina, and Sherry for all your help!) After their long drive 50 DEN members with their families and friends joined together for dinner, networking, and fun. From high up in the tree house to poolside, the teachers chatted away about the excitement of the night. (Let’s just say that there were a few teachers who actually took the day off of school just to get ready!)
Then it was time…. teachers took one final trip down the red carpet (even pretending to be movie stars and avoid the cameras) and carpooled with new friends that they had made down to the Arc Light theater!
The BIG MOMENT had arrived and we were greeted by the Discovery team, who made sure we had the appropriate wristbands for access to the after party and led the group to our private theater! Everywhere you looked across the theater you could see our teachers!
It started with a welcome from the Executive Producer and Discovery’s very own CEO Judith McHale. Her speech was inspiring as she spoke about the true purpose of Discovery….. "Discovery of Your World." The crowning jewel was when Judith addressed our DEN teachers… thanking them for their work and letting them know how excited Discovery was to have them as special guests!
We enjoyed the screening, which featured an overview of the next 4 ATLAS shows… China, Italy, Australia, and Brazil. Immediately the teachers felt connected with the characters and wanted to learn more. They CAN’T WAIT to watch the full episodes!
Up the elevator we went and when the doors opened…. WOW!!!! Teachers now walked down a sparkly black carpet and took photos in front of the official "ATLAS Premiere" backdrop. This is also where we ran into the brain child behind ATLAS… Shannon! We spoke with us for a few moments and introduced us to their team!
Further down the carpet we entered the dome! Each of the 4 countries featured had a cutout shape projector screen that played clips from the episodes. In the center of the room, performers from each of the countries entertained…. and to the teachers delight, servers carried around appetizers that matched the performers country!
And as the evening came to and end… teachers did not leave empty handed as goody bags were waiting by the door and we took and savored 1 final moment letting the real stars from deep inside us come out!
An INCREDIBLE night was had by all. I have let several details out and know that my TERRIFIC DEN is chomping at the bit to tell you all about it. So… let us know what you thought of the evening. Let us know a new DEN member you met? Who from Discovery Headquarters you were able to talk with? What was your favorite part of the show? What episode are you most anxious to see? What was the highlight of the after party?