Youth Juggling Company, LLC
5905 Concord Avenue
Edina, MN 55424
Developing youth through juggling since 1994.
Journal April, 2004
JUGGLE JAM CHECKLIST
There is too much information to review/outline and fit
into this column, so the expanded 2-sided Final
Memo (normally distributed around our first all-cast dress rehearsal)
has been bumped up and attached to this Journal. All Jugheads should have
rehearsal/performance dates firmly in mind, but also please remember the
often-neglected areas of acquiring or making special costumes and props
that will enhance all of our club routines. If every Jughead becomes familiar
with the attached final memo (incl.
the new page on Etiquette), we will have shorter meetings and more time
to rehearse on club days and dress rehearsal nights.
THE BRAVE &
Eight acts, five emcees pass auditions
Nearly 33% of Juggle Jam 6 will involve just a few brave
Jugheads stepping into the spotlight in an above-and-beyond way. Jugheads
submitted written applications in March in order to audition on April
6 and 8 for eight specialty act spots (solo, duet, or ensemble)
and an open number of emcee spots. While Paul ran the first couple of
years of auditions alone (1997 and 1999), he has put increasing emphasis
on the need for a panel decision in order to get the most
objective view of who is most qualified to be featured any given year.
This year, we had our largest audition committee to date, made of up active
JH parents (Katie Griep, Kim Garrett, Jeff Shlosberg), an original
JH parent (Jackie Peterson) a former JH assistant coach (Scott Purser),
and Paul & Wendy Arneberg. All of the auditors have experience with
the performing arts outside of JH. As each act or emcee auditioned, all
seven auditors assigned point values (up to 50 for acts and 25 for emcees);
60% went for Entertainment Value, while 40% went for Technical Ability.
The judges then ranked all acts and emcees according to points. In the
event of a tie, each judge made Entertainment Value the deciding factor
for the higher ranking. Paul then compiled all seven judges rankings
and came up with a master ranking, by which acts and emcees were chosen
for the show (after a discussion). Results were mailed to everyone who
auditioned, complete with auditor comments for each act. The Juggle Jam
6 Emcees are Benji de Hoog with Robert Kulstad (Act I), Natalie Davila
with Spencer Cain (Act II), and Scott Ricther as an cameo characters.
Specialty Acts are soloists Stefan Brancel, Brett Kissell, Anthony Peterson,
Scott Richter, and Billy Watson; solo/duet by Amanda Richter with Scott
Richter; The Swing Sisters quintet; and The Blues Boys septet. Each act
has musical, artistic, technical and stylistic distinctions, providing
a delightful contrast to the large group routines spread throughout the
More than half of the Jugheads werent registered
for spring as of April 5. Please check your records; if need be, make
your spring tuition payment to Edina Public Schools today.
Five weeks of juggling options
Summer is just eight weeks away! Five weeks of morning
and afternoon juggling camp options run Monday, June 7 through Friday,
July 9. (No camp on July 2; 1-4 p.m. only on July 5.) Bonus: Any current
Jughead may contact Paul to juggle with us in Edinas parade on July
4! NOTE: Kids choosing to juggle in the morning and the afternoon any
day may bring a bag lunch and stay over the Noon hour with Paul. With
this in mind, many Jugheads take advantage of the summer punchcard
option, allowing them to come to camp any time (except the Ultimate All-Day
Camps June 7-9). See attached form to register.
Bronze Medalists improve greatly
The Ultimate Club season is neatly divided into three sections:
Madison prep. from September-November (our annual performance for Celebrating
Youth! for the annual Wisconsin Youth Co. convention); Juggle Jam
prep. from December-April; and IJA Festival prep. from May-July. Last
summer, all that hard work was rewarded with a Bronze Medal from the International
Jugglers Association Team Championships in Reno, NV! Also 2002 Teams
finalists in Reading, PA, the Ultimate Club hopes to three-peat that honor
this summer in Buffalo, NY with a new routine theyll debut in Juggle
Jam 6. For the third straight year, guest artist Dextre Tripp has been
the key creator behind what has become a trilogy of all-club passing routines,
and Officers Billy Watson and Kelvin Ying have been the Jugheads who have
implemented Dextres vision. Regardless of how they fare with the
judges in Buffalo, we think the audiences of Juggle Jam 6 will be blown
away by this years team juggling to a medley of movie soundtracks.
JH FAMILY NEWS
to John & Mary Meyer on the birth of their son, Daniel Keoni Meyer
on March 14, 2004. Daniel, whose middle name is Hawaiian for John
(his parents met in Hawaii when John was in the service), weighed in at
7 lbs., 5 oz. Mother and son are doing fine, as are proud Papa and sister
Sofia (Girls IJA 9th grader), who is Daniels elder by 14.5 years.
to Christopher Olson, 5th grader of Wed. Rec. Club, for recently achieving
all of the standards for Boys IJA Club! Although 11th on the waiting list
to join the advanced Tuesday club, Chris happily remains in Wed. Rec.
among his focused peers who love coming each week.
SCHOOL ASSEMBLIES have been graced by Jugheads! Mike (Monday Night
Rec. 6th grader and Officer) performed for his school back in January
and also taught several kids how to juggle; Stefan (Wed. Rec. 6th grader)
performed his light-up glowball routine at St. Anthony Park Schools
talent show in March; and Amanda (Monday Night Rec. 6th grader) with a
special appearance by brother Scott (Ultimate Club 9th grader) performed
four times for the Minnetonka Middle School West talent show in March.
Interestingly, all four of these kids go to school outside of Edina, yet
they travel every week to be involved here. You can see both Stefan and
Amanda and Scout's routine as featured acts in Juggle Jam 6.
JUGGLE JAM PARENT COMMITTEE will meet at the Watson home (6620 Mohawk
Trail, Edina) at 9 a.m. on Sat., 4/24. Contact Mary Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 952-829-5349 with questions or to help with Juggle Jam.
TEAM: The April payment of $250 is due; Buffalo Jugheads must come
to at least one full Raiders rehearsal (April 17 or 24) for
the privilege of ending Act I.
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