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Three Girls– the most dramatic of dramasJAM2000 Agency gets involved in all kinds of productions – comedies, commercials, feature films and dramas...some dramas being more dramatic than others.Probably one of the most harrowing our agency has been involved in is Three Girls, which was shown after the 9pm watershed on BBC 1 over three consecutive evenings last week.The drama told the true story of three of almost 50 young girls who suffered appalling abuse at the hands of sex-grooming paedophile gangs in and around Rochdale, Greater Manchester, between 2008 and 2012.More than 35 JAM2000 girls provided head shots of themselves looking stern and a bit rough round the edges to make up a board of victims.

Didn't We Do Well!Phoebe Waller-Bridge in FleabagWe may not have had much of a showing on the red carpet or made it to too many after parties, but JAM2000 Agency is celebrating after doing well at the BAFTAs 2017!The annual awards event, which celebrates the best of British television, was held at the Royal Festival Hall in London earlier this week, with many of the winning and nominated productions featuring dozens of our performers.Cast of People Just Do NothingFor example, adult comedy People Just Do Nothing, scooped the prize for best scripted comedy.  Damilola, Our Loved Boy about the shocking death on the streets of south London of ten-year-old schoolboy Damilola Taylor won the award for best single drama while Phoebe Waller-Bridge won the prize for best female comedy performance in Fleabag.Cast of The WindsorsNominated productions that involved our performers included The Crown, The Windsors, MUM and The Durrells.Claire Foy in The CrownAlthough we did not win any prizes ourselves, we are proud JAM2000 Agency's contribution to all of these fantastic productions.

JAM2000 Agency Performers steal the show in BABSJAM2000 performers playing the role of dancers alongside young casted actress Honor Kneafsey who plays child BABSIf you tuned into BBC1 on Sunday at 8pm, you'll have seen JAM2000 performers all over the screen.Our girls travelling by train to film on BABSDozens of our children took part in filming in various parts of London in November for this drama about the life of British actress, Barbara Windsor.JAM2000 performer Luca Maria-Wylezinski playing a child showing off his talents on the trombone in BABSIt was broadcast to coincide with the former star of the Carry On films and Eastenders to coincide with her 80th birthday.JAM2000's Aleeyah Arieff playing a girl auditioning on BABSJAM2000 had performers in all manner of roles including playing kids at casting auditions - dancing and playing musical instruments, as well as evacuees, cast doubles and street urchins.Left: JAM2000's Eve Kennedy, Luca Maria-Wylezinski and Aimee Embleton in costume before going on set.Right: JAM2000's Scarlett O'Donnell, cast double for Honor Kneafsey, casted actress playing child BABSPerforming on set Luca Maria-Wylezinski, Aimee Embleton and Eve KennedyCostumes, hair and make-up was all 40s style – so all very interesting for our kids and glamorous for our girls with lovely curly hair and pretty dresses.Our perfomers, warming up before going on setLeft - Our very own Zach Matthews waving the men off to WarRight: Also ours, Daisy Bates playing a child in the street

Hope You're Feeling Hungry Ella!Wow!  Isn't 19-month-old Ella Inniss a lucky girl? Ella, who attends JAMtots play group sessions at The Windmill Studio Centre, Ruislip Manor, together with mum Kelly and nan Jan, are winners of of the Ruislip Lions' giant Easter egg raffle 2017. The raffle went down a storm with visitors to the Centre, the very young and the young at heart, raising £100 for local charities.Hope you like chocolate Ella?!
Looks like you've got your work cut out.  Though we're sure mum, nan and the rest of the family will do the decent thing and help you out if you find it hard to finish.  Enjoy!!!

Sundays won't seem the SameSundays won’t seem the same now that
Call the Midwife Series 6 has finished.
Dozens of JAM2000 children and babies appeared in this series including angelic-looking Albie Kent, 5, who played the part of one of the Thalidomide victims in episode 7.Episode 8 featured Jessica Feeley, 7, (right below) and Emily Whittaker, 7, who appeared in a number of tear-jerking scenes.  Didn’t they do well?We also had adorable Georgia Gaffney, who appeared
in the closing scenes as Dr Turner and his wife Shelagh’s
new born baby BOY! Her sisters, Lily and Freya featured
in several scenes earlier in the series
– so a real family affair for the Gaffney family.

Our Call The Midwife StarsActress Liz White, who plays Rhoda Mullocks in Call the Midwife, with Taylor Marshall, Harmonie-Rose Allen and Ezmai Rhodes-Horne, who appears as Susan.Series 6 of BBC1’s award-winning period drama Call the Midwife concluded last night, which means we can finally let the cat out of the bag!All of our recent fundraising efforts including the sale of JAM JAM Bows and the JAM2000 Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Prize Draw have been in aid of Romeo Hadley, 5, from Cardiff; Harmonie-Rose Allen, 3, from Bath; and 2-year-old Taylor Marshall, who lives in Nottingham – all of whom played Thalidomide victims in the series.Romeo Hadley on the set of Call the MidwifeIn real life, Harmonie-Rose and Taylor have lost limbs through meningitis, while Romeo lost legs after suffering the effects of Purpura Fulminans, an acute, often fatal, thrombotic disorder.Thalidomide was a drug first marketed in the late 1950s as a sleeping pill but was prescribed to help nausea and morning sickness in pregnant women. The medication was later found to harm the development of unborn babies and cause serious birth defects, with over 10,000 children born with Thalidomide-related disabilities worldwide in the early 1960s.The heart-rending story-line was first introduced in Series 5 with the birth of Susan Mullucks, played by JAM2000's very own Ezmai Rhondes-Horne, 2, who is able-bodied.  The Thalidomide theme was re-visited in Episodes 7 and 8 of Series 6.Our fabulous three outside Romeo's trailer's and their families:
from left to right  Jonathan Hadley, Freya Hall with daugther Harmonie-Rose, Katie Hadley with son Romeo, Seren Hadley and
Terri Lewsley with son Taylor Marshall.
Our director, Judy McPhee, has provided hundreds of new born babies and child performers for the hit production for the last four years with most recruited locally.  However, when she was given the brief to find amputee children to play Thalidomide victims, Judy had to cast her net far and wide.Call the Midwife’s production team pulled out all the stops to ensure the three children and their families had a fantastic experience when they travelled to Chertsey, Surrey, last October for costume fittings and filming.  This included enjoying the comfort of their very own trailer, a stone’s throw from those of lead actresses Jenny Agutter, Judy Parfitt, Helen George and Charlotte Ritchie.Judy having fun on the big old fashioned telephone with Harmonie-Rose Allen while waiting in Dr Turner's lounge before filiming on Call the Midwife.Judy said: “When I first received the brief from Production to find children for the Thalidomide storyline, I realised this was no ordinary request and probably a difficult task, requiring a nationwide search with a great deal of sensitivity. That said,
I was determined to make it happen.
"Once we found our fabulous three and started to get to know their families, who quickly became friends, JAM2000 Agency together with the producers, cast and crew made every effort in making this a truly happy and memorable experience for these wonderful children and their families on Call the Midwife. I feel immensely proud and privileged to have been on this amazing journey, one which I will sincerely cherish forever.”Front L to R: Terri Lewsley with son Taylor Marshall, Freya Hall with daughter Harmonie-Rose, Joanne Rhodes, with daughter Ezmai Rhodes-Horne, who plays the part of Susan in Call the Midwife. Back L to R: Judy Mcphee and JAM2000 chaperone Nicola Van Barthold.The Hadley family in Romeo's trailer before filming on Call the Midwife.  Left to right, sister Seren, 11, dad Jonathan, Romeo and mum KatieRomeo’s mum, Katie Hadley, said: “It’s not every day you receive a phone call asking for permission for your child to play a part in one of the nation’s top dramas.  Romeo may have lost his legs, but he is just like any other boy in every other way and was so excited that he was going to be on TV.  We would like to thank Judy, the producers, cast and crew for giving Romeo this wonderful opportunity to turn a negative into a positive and have a lot of fun along the way.”Romeo Hadley in his wheelchair before filiming on Call the MidwifeHarmonie’s mum, Freya Hall, said:“We had the most wonderful experience attending two days of filming for Call the Midwife. Harmonie-Rose had the time of her life! Everyone on set was so warm and friendly, showed us so much compassion and were so helpful lugging all our luggage around the sets - buggies, bags and toys. We will never forget the amazing time we had waiting for our turn to film -  in Dr Turner’s lounge no less!  It was just such a fantastic experience. Thank you so very much!”Gorgeous Harmonie-Rose with playmate TaylorTaylor’s mum, Terri Lewsley, said:“The Call the Midwife experience was amazing. Taylor, myself and Taylor's nana loved every minute of it! Everyone on set was so kind and caring. Thank you to Judy McPhee and all the Call the Midwife team for this fantastic opportunity!"Cheeky chappy Taylor Marshall with mum Terri LewsleyOver the last six months, JAM2000 has been raising money for Romeo, Harmonie-Rose and Taylor to fund crucial items like prosthetics, running blades and wheelchairs.Pretty in pink, Ezmai Rhodes-Horne, who plays Thalidomide victim baby Susan Mullucks in Call the Midwife, modelling a JAM JAM bow.Dubbed JAM JAM bows – a take on the current Jo Jo bow craze - these huge, sparkly bows, each individually made by JAM2000 costume maker Debbie Rosendale, have had all the girls raiding their piggy banks to get their hands on one.Limited edition JAM JAM bowsThe JAM2000 kids and their parents are also in the throes of buying tickets for the ‘JAM2000 Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Prize Draw, with 50+ Easter Egg donations up for grabs.This comes on top of £600 raised during the JAM2000 drama production in October last year from sales of drinks and snacks, ticket sales for the dress rehearsal performance and raffle proceeds – the prizes for which were donated by the performers and their families.Monday 4.30pm JAM2000 drama class eggscited about the Eggstraordinary Easter Egg Prize DrawJudy added:“After meeting Romeo, Harmonie-Rose and Taylor and their families, realising how amazing they are in dealing with unimaginable daily struggles, I was determined that everyone at JAM2000 should rally round to do something to support their fellow performers not only now but in the future as their needs will be ongoing as well as our friendships. I am proud to say that the response from our kids and parents has been absolutely fantastic."From the parents of the three children and everyone at JAM2000, thank you so very very much!”

JAM2000 Agency's
Adorable Ezmai
Here are some more pictures of JAM2000 Agency's adorable Ezmai Rhodes-Horne from South Ruislip, performing as Thalidomide victim Susan Mullucks in Call the Midwife.The shot below of her being held in the arms of on screen mum Rhoda Mullucks, actress Liz White, has attracted nearly half a million likes on the production's Facebook page!Readers of The Sun's newspaper's online edition have also been cooing about how grown up and gorgeous she looks.

JAM2000 Agency Kids
are all over the Tele!
JAM2000 Agency is on a roll. You only have to switch on the box these days to find our kids doing a fantastic job - starting with series 6 of BBC 1's Sunday evening period drama, Call the Midwife.If you tuned in last Sunday, you'd have seen Ava Embleton above centre, with brothers Ryan and Jake Neldrett (and below) and Tommy Beck, who played characters central to a storyline about the horrors of tooth decay in the 1960s.Appearing in the same episode were Jenna Snelgrove and Gavaan Kharbanda, pictured below being shown by the actor dentist how to do a good job of cleaning their pearly whites!Also in on the tooth brushing lesson were Damilare Akinmokun, Hadley Cadogan-Dumrul, Isabel Thomas and Lily Gaffney - see below.Not forgetting gorgeous baby Oscar McGee (above) who made his TV debut on Sunday too! Moving on, below is a picture of a group of our kids in the hilarious BBC3 comedy This Country.  Left to right is Ben Bottomley, Florence Walford- Brianti, Leighton Price, Nik Kozyrev and Louis Walford-Brianti with lead actress Daisy May Cooper.Next we have Charlotte Smith and Aidan Summerfield, pictured below right, who were both absolutely brilliant in an hilarious scene in The Tracey Ullman Show.In the next episode was Charlie John below, front view and back, who also did a fantastic job in another very funny scene.We could go on and on as it's more a case of what JAM2000 Agency is NOT in, rather than what we are in.Well done everyone.  We are immensley proud!GO JAM FAM!

What A Great NightJAM2000 dancers who won £6,000 for Hillingdon Mayor’s Charity Appeal performing in the rain-hit London New Year’s Day Parade 2017 (LNYDP) were formally recognised for their achievement at a special awards ceremony at Uxbridge Civic Centre on Monday evening.Hillingdon Mayor, Cllr John Hensley, presented medals to the 45 performers, whose ages ranged from 6 to 50+, as well as to a small army of volunteers who had helped behind the scenes including council staff, costume makers, float builders, drivers, chaperones, photographers and sponsors.The Mayor didn’t just give out prizes, he was a proud recipient too - of a giant-sized £6,000 cheque, the prize for finishing 5th in the Parade’s London Borough’s competition.LNYDP Executive Director, Robert Bone, presented the cheque together with a huge, golden trophy to Judy McPhee, Director of JAM2000, who produced and choreographed Hillingdon’s movie-inspired entry - in keeping with the Parade’s 2017 theme ‘Lights, Camera, Action’.Judy said: “It was wonderful for everyone that was involved in Hillingdon’s entry to be rewarded for putting on such a fantastic show in such horrendous weather conditions.  The show must go on, as they say, and I’m proud to say that ours did in spectacular style without a single word of complaint from anyone, not even our youngest performers.”Despite it raining on their parade, the JAM2000 cast, did not allow the conditions to dampen their spirits as they sang, danced, waved and smiled for two hours from Green Park to Parliament Square with crowds of over 500,000 cheering them on along the route.They were dressed as characters from some of the biggest and best-known Hollywood classics with the actual Batmobile that was driven by Michael Keaton who played Batman in the 1989 film providing a spectacular centrepiece to Hillingdon’s entry.The JAM2000 performers were among more than 10,000 participants from the USA, UK, Europe and beyond, watched by a TV audience of more than 350 million across the world.Even before the Parade started, JAM2000 had raised £5,000 in sponsorship donations from a number of kind-hearted companies. Other firms contributed by providing building materials for the float, transportation and meeting the hire costs of the Batmobile from the London Motor Museum.Sponsors included Redrow Homes Limited, HUB & Bridges Ventures, Reddingtons Limited, O'Halloran & O'Brien Limited, NHBC, Interserve Construction, Empee Silk Fabrics, Ardmore Group, Marner Transit, Henry Construction, Errigal, MWP Frames, Prolink, LTC Scaffolding, Keenwood Carpentry, Gloster MEP, Metbase Ltd and A Moloney Construction.

Go Adam

DREAMING OF SUMMERYou never know where the journey will take you when you come to JAMtots – our fantastic interactive daytime activity play group centre for parents or childminders with babies & toddlers 0 months – 5 years.For gorgeous Olivia Bedoya and her mum Rebecca Cummings, cute little Archie Clarke and mum Stacy Clark and beautiful Elizabeth Melex and her mum Victoria and dad Ivan Melex, the journey took them from The Windmill Studio Centre all the way to an online commercial for ASDA no less!Stacey and ArchieAs you’ll see from the YouTube link below, the commercial centred round a summer barbecue, and involved filming on a hot sunny day last year with great food, paddling pool and fancy dress costumes. A great, fun-filled time was had by all.Olivia and RebeccaCould your little one go from JAMtots to appearing on TV, film or commercials?  Well, there’s a very good chance they could if you get them involved with JAM2000 Agency, which is always looking for new recruits!!!Ivan, Elizabeth and VictoriaJAM2000 Agency has provided performers for lots of commercials over the years – Talk Talk, Morrisons, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, John Lewis, The Guardian, The Sun and Weetabix…just to mention a few!Here’s the linkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lQlSAgROKrA&sns=e

Look at these three bright, shining little stars - JAM2000 Agency babies - who will be brightening up our Sunday evenings when the new series of Call the Midwife starts on January 22nd at 8pm on BBC1 for 8 weeks.Series 6 is JAM2000's fourth series and we have literally dozens of babies, toddlers and older children performing this time around.This picture appears on the show's Facebook page - isn't it fantastic? Three such natural performers, who can smile on cue …the babies we mean …and the gorgeous actresses of course!

We're Singing and Dancing in the RainHillingdon performers were singing and dancing in the rain in the movie-themed London New Year’s Day Parade 2017, finishing 5th out of 17 boroughs and scooping £6,000 for the Mayor’s Charity Appeal.Despite it raining on their parade, the 45-strong cast of performers aged from 6 to 50+ from JAM2000 Performing Arts, Ruislip Manor, did not allow the conditions to dampen their spirits as they sang, danced, waved and smiled for two hours from Green Park to Parliament Square with crowds of over 500,000 cheering them on along the route.The performers were dressed as characters from some of the biggest and best-known Hollywood classics with the actual Batmobile that was driven by Michael Keaton who played Batman in the 1989 film providing a spectacular centrepiece to Hillingdon’s entry.Called ‘Hillingdon Boulevard’, the borough’s entry included Batman characters Batman, Robin, Mr Freeze, Penguin, Joker and Catwoman.  A group of little girls played Keystone Cops with older girls portraying the likes of Ginger Rogers, The Matrix and tango-dancing Hollywood showgirls.There were also four characters from The Wizard of Oz – Dorothy (and Toto), Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion. Little orphan Annie made an appearance, as did The Blues Brothers together with characters from Chicago.Among the stars of Hillingdon’s entry were the Maitre d’ and gorilla from Cabaret, with music from the 1972 classic movie accompanying Hillingdon’s action-packed end of parade showpiece, choreographed and directed by JAM2000 director, Judy McPhee.The JAM2000 performers were among more than 10,000 participants from the USA, UK, Europe and beyond, watched by a TV audience of more than 300 million across the world.Hillingdon’s entry was a real family affair, with Judy’s husband, Gordon McPhee, having designed and hand-built Hillingdon’s incredible film-themed float from the garage of their home in Ruislip. The costumes were individually designed and hand-sewn by a talented team of dressmakers from in and around the Ruislip area.It was 5th time JAM2000 has represented Hillingdon in the Parade’s Best London Borough Competition. Although they were unable to retain their 2016 winners’ title, Judy was full of praise for her performers, many of whom were under 10 years of age and like true pros did not complain once about being wet and cold.Judy said:  “We may not have come first and we won’t be bringing the winners’ trophy back to Hillingdon this year, but as far as I am concerned we were definite winners. I couldn’t be more proud of my team for performing so brilliantly for such a long time in very difficult conditions and winning £6,000 for local charities.”Hillingdon Mayor Cllr John Hensley said:  “I would like to thank the JAM2000 Army that did so well in the appalling weather conditions bearing in mind many of them were of such a young age. They all are a credit to Judy and Hillingdon.  I am so glad JAM2000 were there to represent Hillingdon. The charities will now all benefit from their hard and dedicated work winning £6,000.”Even before the Parade started, JAM2000 had raised £5,000 in sponsorship donations from a number of kind-hearted companies.Other firms contributed by providing building materials for the float, transportation and meeting the hire costs of the Batmobile from the London Motor Museum.

Ahoy there Matey!The new Swallows and Amazons film premiered this week for which JAM2000 Agency handled arrangements for six talented young sailors from Cumbria who played doubles for the main casted kids.Filming took place over three weeks last summer on location in the Lake District.  What a fantastic experience for Thomas Blease, Rory Jones, Madeline Jones, Katia Smith, Hazel Newport and Rosa Matarewicz.Victoria Blease, proud mum of 16-year-old Thomas, messaged:"Just to let you know that Thomas and I had a wonderful time at the premiere of the feature film Swallows & Amazons!
The film is beautiful. I wanted to thank you because it was you that set all this in motion for Thomas and I'm really glad we have had this wonderful experience of being involved in a film. All our family and friends are looking forward to seeing it."

JAM2000 director Judy McPhee joined forces with outgoing Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr George Cooper, and his wife, Cllr Judith Cooper, to present a giant sized  £50,000 cheque to Harefield Hospital’s Head of Fundraising, Ashley Westpfel, at a special celebration event.The hospital was the Mayor’s principal charity for 2015/16, with a whopping £10,000 of the total donation being the first place prize money JAM2000 dancers won representing Hillingdon in this year’s London New Year’s Day Parade. A further £4,000 came from building companies Redrow Homes,  Reddingtons Ltd  and Modebest Builders Ltd - generous sponsors of Hillingdon's Parade entry.The incredible £14,000 donation will go towards buying vital equipment for Harefield’s new Intensive Therapy Unit, as well as help funding a new sun terrace for patients.  Once again, well done to everyone who contributed to JAM2000’s Parade success as the victory money will help benefit hundreds of people for many years to come.

Congratulations from everyone here at The Windmill Studio Centre to Kristian McPhee, who has gained the title 'British Weight Lifting Champion - 77kg class - 2016.What a triumph for Kristian, as well as Brunel Weight Lifting team!We all know how hard Kristian trains, so a well deserved first place.Here's Kristian receiving his gold medal, as well as centre stage with the Brunel team in the gold medallist yellow t-shirt!

Once again Jimmy the JAMtots Bear is with his bestest friends at his Castle of Wonders Holiday Fun Workshop.  The weather might be dull outside, but inside The Windmill Studio Centre, the children have brought in the sunshine... happy days!

Hillingdon’s victory in the London New Year’s Day Parade 2016 culminated in a special reception at Uxbridge Civic Centre during which the £10,000 winner’s cheque and trophy were officially presented.Parade Executive Director, Robert Bone, presented the first place prizes to Mayor of Hillingdon, Cllr George Cooper, in front of a cheering audience of more than 100 participants, parents, sponsors and council staff.A 40-strong cast from Ruislip Manor’s JAM2000 Performing Arts & Agency represented Hillingdon in the London borough’s competition ofthe annual parade, scooping £10,000 for the Mayor of Hillingdon’s Charity Appeal.Each of the performers, ranging in age from 5 to 50+, was presented with a medal depicting this year’s theme of 30 Magical Years of the London New Year’s Day Parade.  Medals were also presented to a host of others that had been involved behind the scenes including costume makers, float buildersand sponsors.The borough’s entry, ‘Dreams Can Come True in Hillingdon’, featuring nearly every Walt Disney character, involved the cast singing and dancing for over two hours along the parade route from Green Park to Parliament Square to rousing cheers from around 50,000 spectators.The reception, hosted by The Mayor and Mayoress, Cllr Judith Cooper, also saw Neil Hutchings, a representative from sponsor Redrow Homes Ltd, present anadditional £1,000 cheque for the Mayor’s Charity Appeal. This, together with donations from Taylor Wimpey, Reddingtons Ltd, O’Halloran & O’Brien Ltd and Modebest Builders Ltd, brought the total raised to £14,000.It was a case of third time lucky for Hillingdon and JAM2000 director Judy McPhee and her husband Gordon McPhee, who hand-built the float. In 2014, Hillingdon were runners-up  and third last year, bringing total winnings to £21,000 for local charities over the years.The Mayor praised the JAM2000 performers for their talent, energy and creativity in sealing victory. Judy McPhee added:“What a magical night in which everyone who had a part to play in Hillingdon’s success came together to celebrate and be rewarded. I couldn’t be more proud.”Hillingdon’s entry spanned the generations including four family groups involved both behind the scenes and in the parade itself:Emma Thomas (Cruella Deville) and Mark Thomas (float builder/pirate) and children Shelby, 10, (Pocahontas) and Isabel, 7, (Snow White) from Harefield.Emma Briscoe (Maleficent) and Paul Briscoe (pirate) and children Megan, 6, (Minnie Mouse) and Toby, 8, (pirate) from Ruislip Gardens.Carol Roques (parade co-ordinator/JAM2000 staff) and grown up children Ollie (Genie) and Viccy (Scar/JAM2000 staff) from Ruislip Manor.Elaine Mahon (chaperone/JAM2000 staff) and Kieran Mahon (pirate), and children Hannah, 9, (Sleeping Beauty) and Adam, 7, (pirate) from Harrow.For more information please contact
Judy McPhee on tel 01895 624755 or
email
thewindmillstudio@gmail.com

RUISLIP ROCKS FOR CHARITYRUISLIP was really rocking after two super sell-out performances of Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, the local Lions Club’s annual festive variety show in aid of charity. Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research; Limbless, Blind and Homeless Armed Forces Survivors and the local NSPCC will be among the recipients of the £3,000+ raised from the Ruislip Lions’ Christmas spectacular at Ruislip’s Winston Churchill Theatre on 12 December.Artistic Director for the first time Judy McPhee, director of JAM2000 Performing Arts & Agency, convinced Ruislip Lions to add a matinee performance this year giving more families the chance to enjoy the entertainment and dramatically boost the fundraising effort.“It was a gamble, which paid off,” said Judy, who was full of praise for the show’s 100+ performers. “I couldn’t have been more proud of everyone who took part from the tiniest tots to teenagers and adults plus the army of parents and helpers backstage who made this such a memorable and successful show in aid of so many fantastic causes.” JAM2000’s singers and dancers, who train at The Windmill Studio Centre in Ruislip Manor, wowed audiences with their stunning costumes and polished routines incorporating the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, the mystery and magic of Disney and the rock, pop and hip hop funk music of the moment.The variety show was billed ‘From Rock to Opera’ with the opera element provided by the spell-binding, classically-trained young soprano, Francesca Mepham. Up and coming 17-year-old pop singer Charlotte Donovan - niece of Nathan Moore, lead singer in the famous 80’s band Brother Beyond - performed with passion and pazazz. Hillingdon Youth Big Band had the audience singing and dancing in their seats as did show compere and performer Kin Kelly with his toe-tapping tribute to the King himself, Elvis Presley. The most breath-taking performance came from UK National Champion gymnasts and strong GB team contenders Callum and Kieran, from Hillingdon Gymnastics Club. Santa in his sleigh rounded off the show, which couldn’t have happened without the generous sponsorship of City Grove and the Johal Family with additional support from Bennett Homes Estate Agents and TGS Live Events. Judy McPhee was asked to produce and direct the Christmas concert by Ruislip Lions Concert Committee chair persons, Allan and Lynne Kauffman – former Hillingdon Mayor and Mayoress – after she and her JAM2000 performers helped Hillingdon to second place in the London New Year’s Day Parade in 2014, scooping Mayor’s Rainbow Charities and third place in 2015, winning £5,000.Allan Kauffman said: “I knew this concert for Ruislip Lions Productions was a departure from the norm and would be very different. For starters we had two generous sponsors which allowed us to have some theatrical blue sky thinking. I had the feeling the concert would be great but it exceeded my wildest dreams! “I always feel the best guide to the success of any concert is the audience reaction as they leave the theatre. The foyer was a buzz with comments like, ‘what a fantastic show’, ‘boy that was action packed’, ‘what stunning costumes’, ‘the lighting and sound were incredible’, ‘I feel so Christmassy now’.” Allan added: “A massive thank you to Judy McPhee, Director and Producer, and her JAM2000 team at the Windmill Studio Centre for her partnership with Lions to sprinkle a flurry of magic over Christmas time.”

Slick!
Professional!
Amazing!
– JAM2000’s
Dance Production 2015
More than 100 performers aged from 2½ to 50+ wowed audiences with ‘STOP! JAM2000 JUNCTION’ – a 2-hour singing and dancing spectacular similar in standard to a leading West End show.Slick, professional, amazing – were just some of the words used to describe the Ruislip Manor-based performing arts school’s 2015 dance production, staged at the Reed Theatre at the Alec Reed Academy, Northolt.A thousand people watched the show over five performances in which all on stage were in-tune, in-step and bang on-time!Produced, directed and choreographed from start to finish by JAM2000 Director, Judy McPhee, the show was the culmination of just over one year's hard graft by students, staff and a small army of back stage volunteers alike.Superb singing and dancing routines spanning the likes of Disney, Hollywood Greats, Miss Saigon, Bruno Mars and One Republic as well as hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, were brought to life by a mesmerising array of originally-designed, made-to-measure costumes – each hand-made by a talented team of local seamstresses.A rich fusion of dancing genres - jazz, tap, modern, hip hop, street and musical theatre – were featured in the show, which had audiences laughing, crying and oohing and ahing in equal measure. The biggest audience reaction came when the pre-schoolers, known as ‘JAM Splats!’, came onto stage dressed as ‘dwarfs’ as part of a Snow White number featuring cute 6 and 7 year old girls.Much to the delight of younger members of the audience and cast, Disney characters Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto, Goofie and Olaf joined in the dancing together with JAM2000’s very own loveable mascot Jimmy the Jamtots Bear, who whizzed off stage each performance on an electric scooter!Judy McPhee, well known for getting the best out of her performers whatever their ability, said:  “I am immensely proud of each and every one of my performers who worked so hard and gave their all to put on the best JAM2000 dance production to date. I have never known so many standing ovations, which makes all the blood, sweat and tears that goes into putting on these shows so worthwhile!”Hillingdon Deputy Mayor Cllr John Hensley, who was in the audience on the final night, likened the production to a West End show, adding that he was particularly impressed with the Miss Saigon segment.If you missed this year’s show, there’s another chance to see JAM2000’s talented performers in action when they take to the stage for matinee and evening performances in Ruislip Lions’ Christmas Variety Show at the Winston Churchill Hall, Ruislip, on Saturday 12th December 2015.Watch this space for ticket information.

 

The Windmill Studio Centre, 106 - 106A Pembroke Road, Ruislip Manor, Middlesex, HA4 8NW   t: 01895 624755   e: thewindmillstudio@gmail.com

Photography courtesy of Louie Donovan Photography