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Center Stage: Purduettes Spring Break Day 3

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The ladies woke up on Tuesday to a delicious breakfast provided by the West Wind community before enjoying a free morning by the pool. Purduette Manager Alex Robinson poses with some West Wind residents including Margie Carr, who was instrumental in arranging the Purduettes’ homestays and activities while at the community.

After breakfast, the ladies performed an impromptu show at the pool for a woman whose granddaughter is auditioning for Purduettes.

Caroline LaDue sings the solo to “Hosanna.” The West Wind residents loved the performance and some were even moved to tears by the ladies’ singing.

While some Purduettes took a trip to the Gulf Coast beaches, others stayed poolside. Here, New Women Liv Bertsch and Grace Harmon take a break from swimming and pose for a picture.

We didn’t want to say goodbye to our wonderful West Wind homestay families! The ladies departed the community and said thank you in the best way they know how – through song – by singing “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” from the movie “Toy Story.”

Before departing West Wind, the ladies and gentlemen of the Purduettes pose by the bus that took them on their travels to, from, and throughout sunny Florida.

The ladies arrive at the Moorings Park Bower Chapel to prepare for their show that evening. Here, Jeff directs the Purduettes and tests out the incredible acoustics of the space.

The ladies practice ending phrases to add emphasis with the echoes and reverberations of the Chapel. The Chapel is home to the epic “Fenner Douglass Organ” which has almost 2,000 pipes!

Manager Alex Robinson gives some last minute reminders and words of encouragement before the ladies’ performance as they wait to run on.

After an incredible introduction on the organ (which included a verse of “Hail Purdue!”), the Purduettes begin their set with the religious songs “Exaudi! Laudate!”, “Ride On, King Jesus!”, and “Salmo 150.” The incredible sound in the Chapel mixed with the ladies’ perfect pitch wowed the audience!

Junior Colette Pfeiffer sings a runout to PMO supporter Les Graham.

Senior Rachelle Buuck sings about her crush on another gentleman in attendance.

New Woman Grace Krambeer plants a kiss on a gentleman’s cheek at the end of her serenade.

The rest of the Purduettes leave the sanctuary and allow the Barbershoppers to show off their a’capella skills in “The Alley Cat Song.”

After a fantastic specialties set, the ladies return in surround to sing backups to “House of Love” while senior Allie Rieth performs the solo at the front of the Chapel.

The ladies end their set with the “Armed Forces Medley” and “Hail, Purdue!” to which the audience gives the ladies a standing ovation!

After the show, seniors Hannah Burris, Ali Norman, and Abby Green chat with PMO alumni, donors and Advisory Board members Emilie Crabb and Natalie King. The ladies then headed out to meet their new homestays and get a good night’s rest before another day of performances!

“Our day began at poolside with breakfast and lunch provided by our homestay families at West Wind!  Many of the Purduettes took in the sunshine and relaxed by the pool while others headed off to other activities in the Naples area.  A few of us were fortunate enough to visit a family friend of fellow Purduette Amanda Berggren.  The Gulf breezes, delicious lunch, and great conversation made during this visit created an enjoyable and memorable afternoon.  Soon after, we joined the rest of the Purduettes at the Bower Chapel in Moorings Park for our evening performance.  After a sound check in front of the handcrafted pipe organ, all of the Purduettes were treated to a fabulous three-course meal.  The following performance was electrifying.  The chapel provided outstanding acoustics and beautiful surroundings.  After the show, we were excited to meet our guests and learn more about their personal experiences due to the great connection we made on stage.  We were even more thrilled to meet our next homestay family, Dick and Mary Lou Hazleton.  Over glasses of water, we shared stories and learned more about the Hazleton's.  Graduates of Purdue’s Chemical Engineering and Speech Pathology programs, respectively, Dick and Mary Lou have traveled with the Glee Club to South Africa and are looking forward to the European Tour.  Their hospitality and generosity have been much appreciated and we are looking so forward to the rest of our stay in Naples!  Hail Purdue!”

  • Senior Alex Robinson and junior Leanne Shideler with their homestay family, the Hazleton's

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