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Center Stage: Purduettes at Ben Davis High School

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Purduettes were excited to be invited back for the fourth year in a row to participate in the annual Benefit Concert for Gleaners Food Bank! Earlier in the week, Gleaners held a canned food drive called “Stuff the Bus.” Students from the Wayne Township school district helped to pack an entire school bus full of canned goods and raised thousands of dollars and hundreds of pounds of food for the food bank!

The ladies also had the opportunity to enjoy a delicious dinner before the show. Thanks to Sara Gasiorowski, Food Service Director at Gleaners and host of the benefit, and the folks at Ben Davis High School for arranging such a wonderful meal!

The Purduettes got to know the members of the Ben Davis Sounds andChapel Hill Feminiqueladies showchoirs over a delicious pasta dinner.

Let the show begin! Feminique from Chapel Hill 7th and 8th Grade Center in Indianapolis starts off the show performing a choral piece.

The ladies of Feminique show off their incredible dancing skills with numbers like Colbie Caillat’s “Fallin’ for You” and “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” from Footloose.

Next, the Ben Davis High School ladies show choir Sounds took the stage to perform their award-winning set.

One of the incredible Ben Davis soloists belts out a few lines. Their set included many rousing, high-energy songs such as Adele’s “Rumour Has It” and “River Deep, Mountain High.”

The ladies of the Purduettes were last in the lineup as they started off their set with a few spiritual tunes.

The Purduettes show off their renowned poise and grace as they wait for the next song to begin.

The show gets lively as the ladies sing a few a’capella tunes. Here, Jeff directs the Grand Funk Railroad hit “Some Kind of Wonderful.”

The ladies charm the audience with their smiles as they groove to the song.

Senior Abby Green belts out a solo in the new Purduette tune “Brand New You” while the ladies dance behind her.

The song also allows junior Allison Conrad and the rest of the ladies to show off their beat boxing skills.

New Woman Patrice Hoy captivates the audience with her beautiful soprano tone while singing the solo in “Bewitched.”

The ladies play to the audience while singing the classic Purduette tune “You Better Love Me/Night and Day.”

Sophomore Ally Lawrence swoons over a gentleman in the audience during the runout song.

The ladies get up close and personal with their audience by serenading them with “I’ve got a Crush on You.”

Senior Lyndsey Hernandez leaves the trademark Purduette kiss on her gentleman’s cheek.

Junior Colette Pfeiffer amuses the audience with her tale about the history of yodeling.

The Barbershoppers take the stage next singing “The Alley Cat Song.”

The Cowgirls sing the beautiful country tune “I’ll Still Be Lovin’ You.”

The Treblemakers do a little interpretative dance during senior Marissa Williams’ flute solo in “California Dreamin’.”

The ladies return to the auditorium as senior Allie Rieth stands onstage singing the solo in “House of Love.”

The Purduettes surround the audience with their sound singing backups for Allie.

The ladies display intense energy as they return to the stage to back up senior Ali Norman in “I’ve got the Music in Me.”

The Purduettes are immediately able to change the mood as they sing of heartbreak in “What’ll I Do?”

Senior Lyndsey Hernandez is randomly chosen to sing the solo to “Hosanna.”

Senior Marissa Williams shows off her beautiful operatic voice in the solo to “Summertime.”

The ladies end the show with the high-energy number “Don’t Mean a Thing/Checkin’ Out.”

“I’m checkin’ out - goodbye!”

The auditorium lobby is packed as audience members take time to talk to members of the Purduettes and the show choirs that performed. After singing “Go Ye Now in Peace,” the ladies packed up the buses and headed back to West Lafayette after another successful show!

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