Stage Time and Juice XXVIII:Winter BREAK! kicked off 2018 with a high energy combination of open mic, drama, storytelling, and break dancing. Juicers were happy to share a full lineup of musical performances with the community. Max opened with “The Bacon Pancake Song”, charmingly accompanied by his mom on the ukulele, and then others took turns on the keyboard, and jazz drums, introducing their favorites, including songs by Ed Sheeran and “The Little Mermaid.” Avelyn debuted a new cello piece she has been meticulously practicing, accompanied by her mother on the keyboard.
Our junior improv students gave a brisk and amusing demo of the skills that they have been learning under the tutelage of Sharon Landon. Ruth Landowne Giordano’s troupe read out the classic Dr. Seuss story “Green Eggs and Ham,” with 4 children reading, and 2 siblings enacting the key words while their mom energetically held up the flashcards. Ruth stitched together some felt green eggs and ham for the show!
Lilly Sedaghat held a break dance workshop at the end, assisted by two drop-in dancers, Joanne and Mr. Ho, who immediately accepted the invitation to become a part of the action, proving Lilly’s assertion that break dancing not only is great fun, good exercise, and an international language, but also a quick way to make like minded friends.
In case anyone has noticed, many Juicers who have grown up performing on the stage at the Red Room, are now also busy manning the event. Alyssa and Nicole were holding down the fort at the bar, selling cookies, hot cocoa, and special edition Green Eggs and Ham cupcakes, lovingly prepared by mom, Nomita, of Only Cupcakes. If anyone wants some themed treats, she’s the one to go to! (As a side note, her brother was visiting from India, decided that there was no way that she was going to finish on time, and ended up serving as her sous-chef!)
Kudos go to Jonah, son of MC Jennifer Joy, who had a lively time of it managing the stage and sound booth, assisted by first time Stage Time and Juice attendee, Bryan.
Bryan came onto the scene without knowing what would happen. His comments later to his mom were: 1) he had no idea running the event would be so busy–this event was particularly so, due to the dynamic nature of the content; 2) he was surprised that learning English in school and having to use it were two different things, and; 3) he would love to come back to help out anytime!
Spirits were high, the performances were enthusiastic, and the children ended up spinning on the floor! If you would like a sample of the magic, please visit our Facebook page for some videos and photos that barely describe the love and camaraderie we shared together on this amazing afternoon.