The Yellowjackets are on a mission of fun with a license to kick ass and take prisoners, as they present “Don’t Eat the Yellow Snow,” the 17th annual midwinter Jamboree. The show takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday in Strong Auditorium.
The winter show has developed into the largest show of the year for the a cappella group.
But if you think this show is just a bunch of a cappella music, you’ve got another thing coming.
“In the past, the show has always been a celebration of a cappella music, but this year we decided to branch out and provide an opportunity for underrepresented campus entertainment groups to be seen and heard,” Yellowjackets Business Manager and senior Rob Gellman said.
Included in this year’s show are the Ballet Performance Group and Off Broadway On Campus.
The Yellowjackets will join the Ballet Performance Group for a piece where the Yellowjackets provide musical accompaniment and dance with the BPG.
“Who knew that the boys could dance?” BPG co-president and senior Leah Wasserman said.
“They worked very hard and put in a lot of extra time to learn the piece and were all really proud of the finished product.”
OBOC will perform four numbers, including a new female sextet ? “Cell Block Tango” from the musical “Chicago” ? and three from past revues.
“This is the first time we are performing with the Yellowjackets and we are thrilled to be opening for another musical group on campus,” OBOC President and senior Rob Weinstein said.
Both groups expressed excitement at the opportunity to show off their product to a larger and more diverse audience.
“We hope that by seeing us with the Yellowjackets, people will realize that our group is fun and exciting to watch and that we do more than just classical ballet,” Wasserman said.
Opening for the Winter Jamboree will be the Tufts University Amalgamates, a coed a cappella ensemble, the Greece Athena High School Showchoir and OBOC.
“Not only do we have tremendous guests, but the Yellowjackets have been working their asses off to put on the best show in years,” Gellman said.
“People can expect to hear music from genres you could have never seen the Jackets perform in the past.”
Songs from pop, country, punk, rock and jazz will be highlighted at this year’s conference.
“We’re all very excited to have prepared all-new music to keep the student body interested,” Gellman said.
The Yellowjackets will also debut their newest CD, “Darwin’s Gambit,” which was recorded last spring. The CD will be available at a discounted price of $10.
This won’t be the last performance for the three groups. The Yellowjackets will conclude the year at a concert in April, OBOC will present its Spring Revue April 19 and the Ballet Performance Groups show will be April 21.
Tickets for Friday’s show are $5 for students and $7 for the public, and are available at the door or at the Common Market.
For more information about the show, the group or the music, visit the Yellowjackets Web site at www.jackets.org.
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