Saturday, February 11, 2012
Jamboree opens with many emotions, all unexpected
[Editor's note: Saturday is the last night to catch Jamboree. Stop by at B.F. for the 8 p.m. showing. The following piece is newie Lucy Rieger's experience at the first Jambo night.] Relief! Confidence! Happiness! Hunger! But before all this – Wednesday night’s Jamboree dress rehearsal started with the jitters. I could not eat before the show. It seemed like hours before we were ready to do our warm up vocals in the cafeteria. That got us going. The 5 minutes before show time, ready in the wings, felt like forever and ever. Then we were on. Marching in, singing I felt nervous. We had rehearsed this so many times, and realized “I can do this!” It was nice to see people out there, and to get applause. Number followed number, and my dressing…
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Open curtain show for seniors tonight at B.F.; the show runs from Thursday through Saturday
The song-and-dance tradition known as "Jamboree" is back for another year, beginning with an open curtain showing for seniors Wednesday night at B.F. Middle School. Students and other members of the community get their shot at "There's No Biz Like Show Biz" beginning Thursday and ending with the finale on Saturday. Money raised from ticket sales goes to scholarships for RHS seniors. Over $800,000 has been raised in the last eight years. Check out this video from Susan Knudsen for a bit of a sneak preview.
Monday, February 6, 2012
Jamboree is all about the sets and costumes as showtime draws nearer
Musicians arrived with equipment and instruments. Live music erupts and becomes a cohevise force that binds and enhances Jamboree into one fabulous show. The roomy stage was filled with fabulous sets. There is less room to shimmey and turn. The number of people around us doubled. The crew was everywhere and we have new instructions – be careful on the set! Broadway – move over! We were ready for our first dress rehearsal! Sets transformed the stage and costumes transformed actors. The show came alive with color and bling and music! Glamour and sparkle, vitality and energy emenated from the stage. Hats, jewels, boas, lollipops, feathers – you name it, we have it. Putting on costumes is exhauting and revealing. You discover that there is …
Friday, February 3, 2012
Here's a teaser of the 2012 show, "There's No Biz Like Show Biz," which debuts next Wednesday with an open curtain audition and runs through Saturday
Friday, February 3, 2012
[Editor's note: As you've been reading, Lucy Rieger has been giving a first-hand account of the behind-the-scenes action at Jamboree. Here's her third installment.] Coming directly from a hectic day at work, I skidded into rehearsal at 8:10- 10 minutes late. They were already onstage for the Opening number and I found my spot. We ran through it, doing better. Next, the closing number- better there too. We finished these numbers early. Acts are scheduled in various venues at BF. We get the dance room, but not until 10:00 p.m. That’s right – 10 p.m.! I ran home, had dinner, changed, and came back again about 9:35. I am an early riser, which means I’m usually in bed at 10. Amazingly, I am not tired for this. Our small group rehearsals have…
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Jamboree rehearsals are in full swing for the show, which premieres Feb. 8
Rehearse! Rehearse! Rehearse! No Biz Like Show Biz is a lot of work, 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…
The tradition continues Feb. 8 with "There's No Biz Like Show Biz"
Generations of Ridgewood High School students have been equal parts gratified and horrified by their parents. You might think this is a fairly general statement – what kid globally hasn't been embarrassed by their parents? – but in Ridgewood it's something of a cultural badge of honor during the cold winter months. One year, Melinda Sohval dressed as a Hanukkah bush. Another, she transformed into a barefooted, overalls-wearing pregnant hillbilly (she had no teeth that year). Across the cafeteria at B.F. Middle School, amid chatter, pianos heard in the distance, Rob Taylor recounted the time he ditched his jeans for a pair of gold Hammer Pants, shuffling across the stage with a message for the audience of teens: "Can't touch this!" "I think…
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
What is it like to be in Jamboree for the first time? A newbie's view... from behind
I have heard from friends – good friends and neighbors – how great it is to be in Jamboree. Although I have lived in Ridgewood for 17 years, I saw Jamboree for the first time last year. My hesitation may have been related to Dad's Nights – Fantastic! (when your husband is in it and the kids are little). But then those dads go on to Jamboree... Well, Jamboree is no Dad's Night! The moms are awesome, talented and fun to see. As for the dads... they have to step in time and tow the line or else! And all the men seem to be dressing as men – although I have not seen all the costumes yet. My good friend Josephine Peacock is a producer this year. It's a big deal with Jamboree to get a job like that. To support her, and thinking it's now or …
Saturday, February 6, 2010
One more night to check out all-parents cabaret.
With about 100 performers, a massive production team, and even cameos from Board of Education members, Jamboree mounted an entertaining, award-winning performance at Benjamin Franklin Middle School. Featuring 23 varied and diverse award-winning songs from over the past 100 years in Hollywood, Broadway, and Motown, Jamboree continues tonight for its final performance. The fundraising show staged by Ridgewood High School parents will donate $100,200 in scholarships for need-based, graduating students. In its 64th year, Jamboree's cabaret-style show wove through songs that won Oscars, Tonys, Emmys, or Grammys. The show itself almost felt like a history of modern music, but with twists. Standard songs were enlivened with alterations, either …
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Three performance set for Benjamin Franklin Middle School—tonight through Saturday.
Packing the crowds in for the annual, scholarship fundraiser/cabaret show, Jamboree 2010 officially opens tonight. Compromised of parents of high school students, Jamboree is a singing, dancing, show-stopping extravaganza that dates before World War II. This year's theme is "And the Winner Is..." where participants will perform a variety of award winning songs. Ridgewood Patch photographer Anne Markerink attended last night's dress rehearsal open to senior citizens. If you go: Jamboree at Benjamin Franklin Middle School