Center Stage: Purduettes Spring Break Day 4
The ladies started off the fourth day of their tour with a visit to Barron G. Collier High School, one of the top schools in the nation. The Purduettes listen as Manager Alex Robinson gives a breakdown of the day’s schedule.
The folks at the high school provided a delicious lunch of wraps and chips for the ladies! Junior Leanne Shideler shows her appreciation and excitement for the meal.
The ladies begin their show for the music students with the high-energy number “It’s Today/Tonight.”
The ladies serenade a few of the men from the audience along with Principal Tim Kutz with “I’ve Got a Crush on You.”
The Purduettes conclude their set and show off their choreography by singing “Don’t Mean a Thing/Checkin’ Out.”
In between their shows, the ladies had the opportunity to browse at Waterside Shops, which housed stores such as Tiffany & Co., Gucci, and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Along with glamorous shops, the outdoor mall also had many beautiful fountains and gardens. Here, a few of the sophomores pose by one of the fountains.
After shopping, the ladies headed to the beautiful Naples United Church of Christ. The Purduettes began the sold-out show with “Exaudi! Laudate!”
The ladies connect to the audience members in the tune “You Better Love Me/Night and Day.”
The church provides a stunning backdrop to the ladies’ choreography for “It’s Today/Tonight.”
New Woman Patrice Hoy sings the beautiful solo for “Bewitched.”
Sophomore Diana Poulin laughs as she speaks with a gentleman in the audience before beginning to sing the runout song.
New Woman Karli Davis serenades fellow Purduette Abby Everett’s uncle with the song “This Can’t Be Love.”
The ladies disappear as the Purduette Trio takes the stage and sings “A Tisket, A Tasket” while the band looks on.
The Purduettes return and surround the audience as they back up Allie Rieth on “House of Love.”
The show concludes with the “Armed Forces Medley” as veterans in the audience stand and sing along with the song of their respective military branch.
Director Jeff Vallier and Purduette Gold of Advancement Leanne Shideler thank PMO Club donor Bill Frey for organizing the ladies’ performance at the church with an autographed picture of the Purduettes.
Senior Sara McNally speaks with an audience member after the show. The ladies of the Purduettes loved mingling with all of their new fans in Naples!
Gold of Merchandise Liz Barrett mans the merchandise table as audience members line up to purchase the new Purduette CD “Purduettes: Then & Now.”
After the show, the ladies head back to spend the last night with their Naples homestays. Before bed, Karli Davis, Sara McNally, Bailey McGrath, and Chrissy Kvachkoff are treated to ice cream at “The Love Boat” by their homestays Lloyd and Rosie Hackman.
“We arrived at our second homestay for our spring break tour last night with the Poppinga's. We enjoyed our first evening getting to know them and relaxing in their hot tub. Ted is a West Lafayette native and graduated from Purdue as well. They were excited to host some of us ladies this year since they have had the Glee Club men for the past three years. It was fun to hear some of the stories they had to tell about our brothers in song. They dropped us off at the bus this morning and we headed over to Barron Collier High School for a convocation. The high school provided us with lunch and we gave a nice performance for some of their music students. It’s nice to share our love of music with others who appreciate it as well. After the convocation we had some time to shop at a local fashion mall. We walked around admiring the jewelry at Tiffany's and coats at Burberry and treated ourselves to some ice cream! We then headed to our next venue, Naples United Church of Christ. The chapel had a beautiful organ and was painted white with open windows, giving a pure and welcoming feeling. They treated us to dinner with some fellow Boilermakers before we got ready for our show. The audience was very responsive and pleased with our performance. Many hoped that we would return again next year! The Poppinga's attended the show and took us to the beach once we were through. We were so grateful to have some time to put our toes in the sand! We walked down the pier and up and down the beach, enjoying the stars and pleasant weather. We returned back to their home for the evening and shared stories and pictures of our travels. We really enjoyed our stay in Florida with the Poppinga's and can't believe tomorrow is the last day of our tour! It’s been a great trip!”
- Seniors Ashlea Lidester, Raylene Schramer, and Laura Bohlander with their homestay family, the Poppinga's