Developing youth through juggling since 1994.
"...and it moves us all..."
When a parent approached Paul after Juggle Jam 2000 and declared the show better than the original, Paul was surprised. "How could the success of JJ1 (1999) be surpassed?" Similarly, when many people declare JJ10 to be the "the best," it's humbling. Of course, all such opinions are subjective, and this director honestly cannot choose one show over another in terms of overall quality (yet improvement trends are evident). However, the raves from the crowds & kids alike have indicated that however our 10 shows compare, JJ10 at least met expectations from past years and was built on the success of Juggle Jams 1-9.
The transitional skits (led by Brett and Coach Scott Richter) went a step further in creating a thoroughly entertaining show, not skipping a beat just because the juggling stopped every few minutes. (Thanks to nephew Ben for reprising his "Aladdin" act from Chippewa H.S.!) 6th year Jughead Joey was a debut JJ specialty act whose energy kept up the pace after "Rock This Town." Amanda flew solo after four years as Genetic Fallout, proving her juggling and performing versatility. Jack continues a line of highly technical soloists who raises the bar on difficulty. Ladies' Choice turned basic three-ball skills into a rousing, crowd-pleasing routine. Stefan combined a solo storyline with costume changes and top-notch technical skills. Jonny introduced "contact juggling" along with highly choreographed tricks with balls and clubs. Colin had great audience connection on his glow-ball routine. Ben anchored our solo line-up with few drops during an international-quality act.
The club routines were some of the best ever, from the Sixties to Weird Al to Seussical to Beatlemania to Disney/Pixar to Ultimate Club, "when the audience wouldn't stop applauding!" The Slide Show, Senior Presentation & Reach capped off the fun & mayhem with "the heart behind the hype."
you, Jugheads & parents, for giving of yourselves for this special
weekend. In addition, THANK YOU, JUGHEADS families, for the flowers and
gift presented to us by Towey & Asher on closing night. We plan to
apply your gift to our 15th anniversary adventure this summer.
On May 22, Paul sent an e-mail overviewing the fall JH registration process. The registration form is enclosed; please read these eight checkpoints before you register for next school year:
of the Counselor
As part of their quest to conquer Half Dome in Yosemite National Park last summer, Paul & Wendy visited Yosemite Sierra Summer Camp (YSSC) in Bass Lake, CA to greet the new owner and tour the grounds where Paul got his start in youth work as a camp counselor in 1989. Bearing gifts of Juggle Jam DVDs, programs, mugs, and juggling balls, Paul made it evident that the lessons he learned as a 20-year-old college student became the foundation for JUGHEADS' success. This summer, as an answer to prayer for supplementary speaking opportunities, Paul will return to YSSC as the guest speaker for a week! Fittingly, the camp theme this year is "Circus," so Paul will naturally incorporate juggling demos & lessons in addition to his speaking sessions and leadership of devotions with the 20 counselors. 150 youth ages 8-16 is a very familiar demographic, and Paul & Wendy are excited for the challenges and blessings of being part of his "home" camp once again.