Center Stage: Glee Club with Garrison Keillor and at Rotary Club Banquet
The gentlemen of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club once again took to the stage with world famous radio personality, Garrison Keillor. The night before, the group met with Keillor for the very first time to rehearse the set for his show.
The set was full of song re-writes and old Glee Club classics, all chosen by Keillor at the rehearsal. Ted even worked together with his band to merge “Hail, Purdue!”, the University of Minnesota fight song, and “Stars and Stripes Forever” into one medley right on the spot!
Bill and Ted posed with Garrison after the rehearsal. Everyone eagerly anticipated the next evening of the performance!
Elliott Hall was packed with students, community members, and others who had traveled far and wide to see the famous Garrison Keillor perform his live radio show, “A Prairie Home Companion”. The Glee Club helped to open his show by running to the stage and rocking out to the song “Life is a Highway”.
The Glee Club performed the “West Lafayette Song”, an original by Garrison from the previous time he was on campus. The gentlemen were caught here imitating piano playing and singing “Play, Ted, Play!”
While the Glee Club took a break offstage, Old Crow Medicine Show took to the stage and played some excellent bluegrass music!
There were several skits between songs on Keillor’s show; it was really exciting to watch the performers imitate different voices and sounds all standing live in front of the microphone.
The Glee Club finished up a truly unforgettable experience with Garrison Keillor and exited the stage. Directly from Elliott Hall, they made their way to the Memorial Union to sing as part of the Rotary Club banquet.
New man Mark Williams serenaded a woman in the audience; everyone enjoyed having the gentlemen run out to them.
Senior Matt Hanauer sang the solo on the Wizard of Oz tune, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. After the conclusion of the show, Bill was presented a banner of appreciation from the Rotary Club and the gentlemen headed home after a long evening of performances.