It was a hot July afternoon, but this did not stop the Stage Time and Juicers from converging on the Red Room. We at the Red Room were delighted to see our regulars mixed in with many newcomers. Coordinator Jennifer Joy had the pleasure of walking around and chatting with a few of the first-timers. Her most remarkable encounter was with 3 street performers from the Xinyi District who were looking for something interesting and unusual to do while taking shelter from the sun. Apparently, they were not disappointed!
Open Mic had a good range of signups: among the performances were a few keyboard pieces, a cello performance, a repertoire of jokes, Jennifer and her daughter singing along with the ukulele, Sue deSimone singing while accompanied by her daughter on the guitar, Cici singing a very difficult solo, and her young friend leading us to clap along to “We Will Rock You” while beating on drumsticks. Sharon Landon led the crowd in a few warm-up exercises as an introduction to her upcoming Improv workshop, and then assembled teens in a circle to play a warm-up game.
After the break, Jennifer Joy led everyone in a sing-along. Constance concluded the event by having the children draw a collection of large geometric objects she had assembled (my favorite was the shiny white oblong!), followed by a painting session.
Julian ran the sound booth while Ashish took photographs. Homemade cookies and punch were served up by Nicole at the bar.
Overall the pace was brisk yet relaxed (is that an oxymoron?), so relaxed in fact that we had a bit of trouble getting the Juicers to leave the Red Room afterwards.
In the upcoming weeks Stage Time and Juice has 3 other exciting events planned: on Sunday, July 30 we will be hosting a self-defense workshop for ladies aged 14 and above. On Wednesday, August 2, Sharon will lead a 2-hour Improv workshop for teens aged 12-18. And on Saturday, August 5, Stage Time and Juice will host a special private event for the summer school students of ErXin private school in Keelung. Artist and Er Xin teacher, Russ Ronat, will lead a scavenger hunt involving his beautiful artwork on display for this month’s Visual Dialogues exhibit. Afterwards, veteran Juice performers will join the ErXin students in an open-mic session.
Needless to say, these are very exciting developments for the Stage Time and Juice family. We can hardly wait for the weeks ahead!
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