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Children’s Summer Theater and Arts Camp 2019

Spotlight on Empress:

Stage Time and Juice’s Children’s Summer Theater and Arts Camp 2019

What does Empress love about the performing arts?

When I was in elementary school, I remember creating skits for the school talent show with my fellow Girl Scouts troop member, Becky Cox. It was such a thrill to hear our classmates laughing out loud at scenes we created. When I was in high school, I remember the director of the school musical, Mrs. Cindy Quinn, giving me a role in the upcoming all-female cast of “The Quilters.” It was such an empowering experience that I would go on to perform as part of the Jazz Singers, Chamber Singers, and other school plays (such as collaborations between music teacher, Kathy White, and theatre director, Michael Kane, in the school musicals: Little Shop of Horrors and Alice in Wonderland). I took a long hiatus after being cast in a leading character in the college production “State of Confucian” because my parents threatened to stop paying for my college tuition if I didn’t stop indulging my passion for the performing arts.

What are the benefits of improv?

As an adult, I took up improv classes at the suggestion of my then boyfriend. Improv initially offered me an opportunity to build confidence for public speaking engagements since I am oftentimes asked to speak to professional and lay-audiences a variety of topics. Improv has also given me much more, including: how to perform optimally in teams, how to communicate clearly, recognizing when to take the lead and when to play supporting actor, etc.

Why direct a children’s summer camp?

I wish to help empower the youth of our future how to have increased self-esteem, more self-confidence, communication with others, ability to be a good team player, etc. I hope to use an immersive teaching method that can be fun and empowering. I enjoy working with children and especially hope to have the opportunity to work with third culture kids to give them a sense of belonging.

How do you usually spend your time?

As an American born Taiwanese (ABT), I am taking Mandarin Chinese lessons since I am only fluent in English and Taiwanese. I enjoy trying new restaurants, exploring neighborhoods while walking/biking and engaging in creative projects (e.g., sewing, jewelry making, live productions, event planning, etc.).

Anything else?

I’ve been on sabbatical this past academic year from my university in Los Angeles to develop a textbook. I am accustomed to working with children and their families in cross-cultural contexts. One day, I hope to be the director of a Wellness Center to help people realize their potentials.


Don’t miss this unique opportunity for kids ages 7-12 to be immersed in the dramatic arts at the Red Room!

The camp runs from Tues. July 16 – Fri. July 19, 2019, with a performance on Sat. July 20 at 2:30pm. Registration link
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Red Room Reflections, September 2018

The Word from R4

The Monkey King at Stage Time and Juice XXIII (May 20, 2017)

Six kids, aged 6 – 12 plus two fathers plus two adults with performing experience joined forces to depict the opening scenes of the epic legend: The Journey to the West.
With words, our expressive bodies, music and a few found objects, we presented a rendition of the origin of The Monkey King from the ancient Chinese tale.

The children creatively used their bodies and voices in expressive interpretive dance to depict Chaos (before the Earth was formed), then the planets and, finally, the Immortal Stone from which the Stone Monkey was born. Then the players transformed into the animals who greeted the Stone Monkey and then again into the monkeys who eventually became the subjects of the Handsome Monkey King.

Full album can be viewed here:
Stage Time & Juice 23:Monkeys and Mischief

According to legend, as the monkeys played in a stream, they wondered where the water came from. They followed the stream to a waterfall. We used a length of pale blue fabric, leading it out across and around the playing area. The fathers held one end up high to create the image of a waterfall while the children ducked under: playing in the “water”.
Most of the spoken words came from our Narrators but the children had key lines that gave the performance life and moved the story along.

Our music sources were recordings of traditional Chinese bamboo flute and guzheng, contemporary Japanese sound-collage and the Big Band (1940’s American Swing) classic “Sing, Sing, Sing.”

The young lad who took the title role, wrote the following reflection on his experience:

It was mind boggling to mEEE just dancing around and actually be King and do this amazing stuff! My favorite parts are jumping in and out from the waterfall and when they say “Long live our great king!”. It was fun in many ways! The top three of my favorite things in this Monkey King production are: 1. Muffins, 2. Rehearsals, 3. Having fun doing everything. I like Ms. Ruth shows us how to do teamwork, we had a good team. I learned how to remember lines and do the theatrics. I also learned how to move around projecting my voice. I love to share my ideas with everybody, too. Of course, I love to do this again, because there were cupcakes and muffins, AND because I can participate in the performance. I like to perform, and I want to do another performance in the next one. ~ Max

Two additional performing Juicers wrote about their experiences. You can read them here…”

And, finally, a drawing by Juicer Charlotte Jade

And that’s the eNews for May 2017
from the Red Room, the culture of listening and sharing.

Hello from the sound crew of the Monkey King!

18 March 2017 STJuice XXII: The March Hare

Saturday, March 18 at 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM

中文說明請點擊下方詳閱

STAGE TIME AND JUICE at the Red Room XXII: The March Hare

March Hare: Have some more tea?
Alice: I haven’t had any yet, so I can’t take more.
March Hare: You mean you can’t take less. It is very easy to take more than nothing.

–Alice in Wonderland (1933)

What better way to celebrate March Madness than with your friends at Stage Time and Juice? We invite everyone to come and take the stage for 5 minutes to share something funny or wise with a song, dance, joke, or story!

This time we will have special guest artist Constance Woods dance us down the path of folly!

Ruth Giordano will also return with some of the Juicers large and small to bring us an animated recounting of The Mad Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland!

There will be a signup sheet at the door for those who wish to share. Everyone else is welcome to sit back and enjoy the friendship.

In order to lighten everyone’s load, we will no longer be hosting our community table. However, Drink Me Potion and Tea Party scones will be available for purchase at Bessie, the Red Room Bar.

Suggested age: 5-99

Contribution: NT150 per adult, NT 100 per child (ages 5-18) to cover cleaning costs.

STAGE TIME AND JUICE at the Red Room: 家庭聆聽分享會

為了慶祝瘋狂三月兔,我們準備精彩魔術以及非洲舞蹈,與您一同狂歡。
邀請各位上台表演5分鐘,分享歌曲、舞蹈、笑話及故事。

如想參加者可至入口櫃台登記,也歡迎大家一起來觀看聆聽其他人的表演。

這一次我們特別邀請到藝術家Constance Woods帶領我們走上愚蠢的道路!

Ruth Giordano偕同一些大人、小朋友重返舞台,帶來愛麗絲夢遊仙境中精彩片段-瘋狂茶會。

為使各位能更輕鬆便利參加,我們會在紅房吧檯提供付費式的點心及果汁。

建議年齡:5-99歲

活動日期與時間:3月18日(六) 2:30 pm – 4:30pm

清潔費:大人NT$150 ;小孩 (5-18歲) NT$100

Stage Time and Juice 是紅房(Red room)社群與 Taipei City Playgroup 共同舉辦的活動,主要是為了鼓勵小朋友們能發揮創意及步入探索的道路。 活動主要以英文進行,參加的小朋友們可以有機會聆聽故事、欣賞表演、分享彼此的才華與想法。歡迎一起加入我們的大家庭,倒點果汁,隨意找個位子坐下,和我們的夥伴們一同學習,一同分享這個多元化的平台。 活動當天在櫃台會有報名表,讓勇敢的小朋友們可登記上台朗讀、表演歌舞、魔術、短劇或講故事及笑話等。

活動地點:國防部空軍司令部舊址 圖書館 2 樓
台北市大安區建國南路一段177號 (濟南路與建國南路交叉口)No. 177, Sec. 1, Jianguo S. Rd (Intersection of Jianguo S. Rd. and Jinan Rd.

Hosts: RED ROOM www.redroom.com.tw and The Taipei City Playgroup

21 January 2017, STJuice XXI: Aesop’s and Other Tales

STAGE TIME AND JUICE at the Red Room XXII: Aesops and Other Tales

Let’s kick off the new year by sharing a little of life’s wisdom! We invite everyone to come and take the stage for 5 minutes to share something funny or wise with a song, dance, joke, or story!

There will be a signup sheet at the door for those who wish to share. Everyone else is welcome to sit back and enjoy the companionship.

Ruth Giordano, director of Red Room Radio Redux, will also lead a group of Juicers in relating several of Aesop’s fables.

In order to lighten everyone’s load, we will no longer be hosting our community table. However, hot chocolate and juice will be available for purchase at the Bessie, the Red Room Bar.

Suggested age: 5-99

Contribution: NT150 per adult, NT 100 per child (ages 5-18) to cover cleaning costs.

STAGE TIME AND JUICE at the Red Room: 家庭聆聽分享會

讓我們迎接嶄新的一年,來分享生活中的趣味及智慧!
邀請各位上台表演5分鐘,分享歌曲、舞蹈、笑話及故事。

如想參加者可至入口櫃台登記,也歡迎大家一起來觀看聆聽其他人的表演。

導演兼紅房音控師 Ruth Giordano,也將帶領他們兒童團隊表演伊索寓言的戲劇。

為使各位能更輕鬆便利參加,我們會在紅房吧檯提供付費式的點心及果汁。

建議年齡:5-99歲

活動日期與時間:1月21日(六) 2:30 pm – 4:30pm

清潔費:大人NT$150 ;小孩 (5-18歲) NT$100

Stage Time and Juice 是紅房(Red room)社群與 Taipei City Playgroup 共同舉辦的活動,主要是為了鼓勵小朋友們能發揮創意及步入探索的道路。 活動主要以英文進行,參加的小朋友們可以有機會聆聽故事、欣賞表演、分享彼此的才華與想法。歡迎一起加入我們的大家庭,倒點果汁,隨意找個位子坐下,和我們的夥伴們一同學習,一同分享這個多元化的平台。 活動當天在櫃台會有報名表,讓勇敢的小朋友們可登記上台朗讀、表演歌舞、魔術、短劇或講故事及笑話等。

活動地點:國防部空軍司令部舊址 圖書館 2 樓
台北市大安區建國南路一段177號 (濟南路與建國南路交叉口)No. 177, Sec. 1, Jianguo S. Rd (Intersection of Jianguo S. Rd. and Jinan Rd.

Hosts: RED ROOM and The Taipei City Playgroup

Collaborating for the Kids: STJ and R4, November 2016


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We would like to announce an exciting collaboration between two sibling groups: Stage Time and Juice @ the Red Room, and Red Room Radio Redux (R4)! Ruth Giordano, the director of R4, has been involved in all aspects of theater practically since she began walking. As she frankly states: she has more than 50 years of experience to share.

In the next two upcoming Stage Time and Juice events you will be able to enjoy the fruits of that collaboration, beginning with a presentation of “Jack and the Beanstalk” during our anniversary show beginning at 2:30 on Saturday, November 19. Ruth will teach several teens how to use their voice and how to hand-create sound effects to retell this fairy tale classic in a fresh and appealing manner.

January 21 brings us Aesop’s Fables, based on a script Ruth penned in 2008 for a children’s theater company in Massachusetts. She will be adapting to fit the Juice troupe. This workshop is geared towards the younger children (ages 7-13). Part of the preparations for taking the stage will include prop and accessory crafting: parents will probably be called upon to assist!

Make sure to visit our Stage Time and Juice Facebook page to receive the most current information about all our workshops and events.
https://www.facebook.com/redroomjuice/

If you, like Ruth, have a gift or passion to share, remember that the Red Room’s door is always open! A small exchange of knowledge can change a child’s (or grownup’s) life forever!

By Carol Yao and Ruth Giordano