Jamboree View From Behind: Rehearse!

Jamboree rehearsals are in full swing for the show, which premieres Feb. 8

Rehearse! Rehearse! Rehearse! , but we have lots of great tools to help us. We have music, videos, schedules, a website and email blasts that keep us up to date on everything we need to know. 

My daughter, a singer, picked up my music and said: "Wow! you have sheet music!" Yes, and we have a musical director, Bronwen, who teaches us the songs. She even gave us warm ups and mouth excersises. It's so cool!

My fellow newbie, Rob, made me a CD of the three songs I need to learn. I have it in my car, and yesterday I was unusually happy on my two-hour drive to Piscataway and back; I almost have all the words down now. I have been practicing on my own and it's taking me 100 times longer than everyone else, but that's OK. The problem is I can only do one thing at a time! 

I mostly know two numbers, but the closing song – I'm still working hard on that. 

Last night, on the kickline, I kicked a new friend by mistake, who politley asked me to not hold on to her for that song. I removed myself from the back, to the very very back where I will hope to be less of a hazard.

When I came home I asked myself, why am I doing this? It's not for the stage, because that makes me nervous, and I feel foolish when I mess up. 

So why? It's to be part of a time-honored Ridgewood tradition. It's to be with other high school parents, to reunite with mothers and fathers, friends from church, and to make new friends. is being part of our community. 

Even from the back, it's so much fun!


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