PMO Note
Center Stage

Center Stage: Purduette Spring Spectacular

Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Purduettes are excited to highlight an amazing year with their Spring Spectacular concert! The ladies wow the audience by singing the National Anthem in surround, and impress the crowd with their choral abilities by starting off the show with Latin pieces such as “Exaudi! Laudate!” and “Salmo 150.”

The ladies show off their a’capella skills with “Some Kind of Wonderful.”

Sophomore Andrew Kasha accompanies Purduette tunes on the bass guitar.

Senior Abby Green displays her soulful sound during a solo in “Brand New You.”

New Woman Abby Everett shows some sass during another “Brand New You” solo.

Junior Allison Conrad gives the ladies a beat as they break it down for the audience.

The Purduettes switch gears from the contemporary “Brand New You” to perform the classy and whimsical tune “It’s Today/Tonight.”

The ladies radiate grace and poise as they hit their final pose.

Senior Marissa Williams dazzles the audience with her operatic soprano voice during the musical number “Summertime.”

The Flappers entertain the crowd with songs from the 1920s such as “Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.”

Senior Allie Rieth sings of loneliness while the ladies back her up in “Somebody Make Me Laugh.”

The Purduettes sprint offstage and to the seats of their loved ones to serenade them with “I’ve Got a Crush on You.” Here, sophomore Jenna Engelberth sings to her father Jim Engelberth.

Junior Allison Conrad smiles as she serenades her father Jim Conrad.

Senior Ashlea Lidester takes the stage to sing “Almost Lover.”

The Treblemakers perform their “70s Medley,” entertaining the audience with songs such as “Macho Man,” “Carwash,” and “American Pie.”

The Barbershoppers delight the crowd with the debut of their new “Disney Medley.”

The “Holy Cowgirls” take center stage and amuse the audience with their new tune “Cow Cow Boogie.”

The Purduette Trio rounds out the specialty portion of the show with “A Tisket, A Tasket.” It will be the last time that seniors Hannah Burris, Abby Green, and Rachel Lane will sing together after forming the trio for the past three years.

Senior Ali Norman leads the rest of the group back onstage as she sings the solo to the energetic song “I’ve got the Music in Me.”

New Woman Patrice Hoy shows off her beautiful soprano voice singing the solo to “Bewitched.”

The ladies display their beautiful blend and precise tone during “Bewitched.”

Senior Hannah Burris is chosen to sing the solo to the Purduette favorite “Hosanna.”

Sophomore Joey Frechin enjoys his first Spring Spectacular performance as the Purduette drummer and keeps time with the help of the directors.

Assistant Director Jon Ranard explains to the audience the tradition of the “Senior Request” song and directs the senior’s choice for this year – “Heaven.”

After a touching slideshow that featured the baby pictures of the graduating seniors, the ladies took the stage to the tune of Dreamgirls’ “It’s Hard to Say Goodbye.” The song allowed for each of the 16 seniors to be featured with a solo.

The scrim rose to reveal the rest of the group acting as backup singers and dancers to the seniors.

Senior and Assistant Manager Rachel Lane sings about how she will always keep the group in her heart.

The entire group of Purduettes combines together to sing the chorus.

The ladies wave goodbye as the song comes to an end.

After the song, the graduating seniors gave yellow roses to their family members in the audience. The yellow rose is the icon of the Purduettes and symbolizes friendship and joy. Here, senior Sara McNally hugs her mother Cynthia and thanks her for all of her support.

Director Jeff Vallier takes a moment to recognize and thank the 9 members of the Purduette Gold for their leadership this past year. He also acknowledges Manager Alex Robinson and Assistant Manager Rachel Lane for their hard work in running the group.

During the awards portion of the show, Rachel Lane is awarded the Purduette Gold Award for her dedication as the Assistant Manager of the group.

New Woman Brandi Fishburn is presented the New Member Award for her passion and enthusiasm her first year in Purduettes.

Senior Lyndsey Hernandez is awarded the George and Jane Van Scoyoc Grindstone Award for her academic improvement during her four year tenure as a Purduette.

Junior Chrissy Kvachkoff is recognized as one who inspires others through music with the Phil and Ann Ziegler Award.

Senior Rachelle Buuck is recognized for her outstanding dedication to the group with the “Solid as a Rock” Award.

Manager Alex Robinson receives the Purduette of the Year award for her incredible dedication and leadership in conjunction with her involvement in a number of other prestigious campus groups.

Each senior is then recognized and given a farewell gift of a golden rose and necklace. Here, Jeff congratulates senior Raylene Schramer with a hug.

Purduette alumnae are invited onstage to sing the “Purdue Hymn” and “For the Honor of Old Purdue” with the current members of the group.

The Purduettes proudly sing the “Armed Services Medley” as the audience members stand out of respect for the armed forces.

The show is brought to a close with “Hail, Purdue!” As is tradition, the seniors sing the second verse which speaks of fond memories of their college days.

The members of the other PMO ensembles came to support the Purduettes in their final performance and sang along during the fight song.

Jeff recognizes the ladies one last time as they take their final bows.

The ladies run offstage to a standing ovation!

The lobby was packed with families and supporters as the ladies mingled after the show. Thank you to the National Group for supporting this performance and good luck to our graduating seniors!

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