Center Stage: Glee Club in Cincinnati Day 1
The men of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club loaded up the buses and headed to Cincinnati, Ohio.
After a few hours of travel, the group arrived at Sycamore Presbyterian Church; Max Showalter guided the newmen through a quick set-up.
Ted Arthur made some last minute adjustments to the setlist before kicking off a great weekend of performances.
Marcy Ziek, an Ohio native and huge supporter of PMO, helped to organize the tour to Cincinnati and spoke with several of the gentlemen before the show.
Junior Joel Sampson helped the group out on the sound board for the Friday night performance.
After setting up the stage, the group made their way to McDonald’s for dinner!
The specialties warmed-up and some debuted new songs!
All the gentlemen came to the risers to rehearse some of the more difficult pieces planned for the evening and to talk through the order of the show.
Running in with a powerful surround, the people of Cincinnati were greeted with “Ambassadors of Song”.
Bill Griffel energetically directed the group from start to finish in one of the best performances of the semester, so far.
The Glee Club sang a variety of selections, including “Life is a Highway”, “All Through the Night”, and the “West Lafayette Song”.
Lighthouse lifted the crowds spirits with the country spiritual, “Long Black Train”.
Senior Matthew Lancaster, a Cincinnati native, sang the runout. Jay Josephson, another student local to the area, can be seen serenading his Godmother towards the front of this line of Glee Clubbers.
During the performance, the church staff ran video projections on both sides of the stage for the audience to see.
At halftime, Ba Na Na entertained the crowd and had them clapping along to some good old rock n’ roll.
Junior Jay Josephson came dressed in a pair of lederhosen to sing “The Happy Wanderer” in preparation for PMO’s trip to Europe this summer.
Matthew Lancaster was able to lavaliere his mother in their hometown, and was assisted by Chris Soverns and Matt Hanauer.
Featuring two Ohio natives, Voiceovers went off-microphone for a powerful debut of their new song, “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes
After a great performance, Glee Clubbers socialized with guests and were sent home with homestays for the evening.