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Center Stage: Spring Break Daily Student Perspective


Nick Clinkenbeard

SATURDAY ��� We finished our tour of southern Florida with a warm welcome at Royal Poinciana Golf Club. There we spent a fun-filled evening with many great Boilermakers and reconnected with many Purdue Alums. After mingling with everyone for a while, the Glee Club took the stage for the final of our 10 performances in Florida. It was a great show during which we had the honor of sharing the stage with the oldest living Glee Club alum, Bob Netherton, who came to the stage to sing the Battle Hymn of the Republic with us. We then concluded the evening by singing in the beautiful entryway of the club before we boarded the buses to head back to Purdue. The journey home went well without any mishaps. We completed the trek in less than 24 hours and arrived back on campus just before 10 PM. While the weather was slightly cooler than the warm Florida sun we left, it was still considerably warmer than the snow we left behind a little more than a week ago. Everyone was excited to be home and ready for classes to begin on Monday. Overall, this trip has included many great opportunities for the Glee Club. From the many memorable performances, to the great fun on the beach, this trip has allowed all of us to bond together and grow closer to each other as well as rekindle bonds with many great Boilermakers throughout southern Florida. I could not think of a better way to spend my final spring break as a Glee Clubber ��� Senior Nick Clinkenbeard

Jeremy Clifford

FRIDAY- Another great day in sunny Florida! Our day began with a superb breakfast at the Bin595 restaurant in our hotel. With two full dress shows, there are no beach stories to tell today. However, we did make time to�۬serenade the wonderful staff at the Renaissance Plantation Hotel before departing for Bonita Springs. After a speedy set-up and sound check it was time for our first show. After performing for a full house in the beautiful First Presbyterian Church we enjoyed a delicious meal and prepped for our second�۬show. Another sold-out show! We could not have asked for a more beautiful venue or a better crowd. Although our trip is winding to a close we could not be more excited for our remaining show ��� Sophomore Jeremy Clifford

David Maurer

THURSDAY - The final hours of day number six on our trip to sunny Florida are closely coming to an end. Today was packed with entertainment, as a group of guys went to the beach and another to the mall. I had the privilege to play a little golf today with Blake Vogt. We went to the course right across the street from our hotel called Jacaranda. The course was in great condition and the weather was perfect. We had already become so accustomed to the weather that we thought sixty-degree weather at 6:30 in the morning was cold. We played a very relaxed round, and Blake ���graciously�� paid for the cab back to the hotel. Upon returning to the hotel, we quickly gathered our pool gear and headed down to lay around for about an hour. After playing golf for more than four hours, Blake and I were both very hungry and luckily, Mrs. White bought us all pizza. It really hit the spot as we lazily relaxed around pool. We left the pool to gather our show attire and all headed to Marco Island Lutheran Church. After a lengthy bus ride, we unloaded and began setting up. After the sound check, the wonderful people of the church served us a great meal of ribs and chicken. It was delicious and I think everyone left the dinner happy. We all got dressed and went on for the show. Two hours and five pounds of sweat per glee clubber later, the show was over! It is really awesome to see the impact our shows have on people. It�۪s so fun to hear you made someone�۪s day a little better. After mingling, we tore down and hopped on the bus for our return trip to Fort Lauderdale and the Renaissance Hotel. All in all, we had a great day and are all looking forward to the times to come here in Florida ��� Freshman David Maurer

Adam Nagy

WEDNESDAY - Greetings again from sunny Florida! Our day started with a fantastic breakfast at our hotel before heading off to beautiful Indian Creek. The country club, located in Miami, is on a private island home to breathtaking villas and a superb golf course. Faces lit up in awe as we drove onto the island and through the neighborhood. Nick and Gerritt even got to play the course with our hosts for the evening, Otto and Liesl Beisheim! After a quick setup and tour of the club house, it was off to Bal Harbour Beach Club to spend the afternoon by the ocean. We arrived at Bal Harbour just in time to eat a delicious lunch sponsored by PMO friends and Indian Creek members Les and Liz Graham. For the rest of the afternoon, the men of the Glee Club relaxed and enjoyed the wonderful atmosphere of Bal Harbour. We played volleyball, swam in the pool and tossed the football by the ocean. Many thanks to Les and Liz for a great afternoon! We ended the day by returning to Indian Creek to entertain the members of the country club. After a cocktail reception, the Glee Club enjoyed a wonderful meal with the audience while listening to the tunes of some of the specialties and soloists. The Glee Club soon took the stage, and the audience response was incredible. The show was very energetic and a blast for the members of the country club. None of this would have been possible, however, without the support of our sponsors for the evening, Otto and Liesl. Thank you so much! To round out the evening, the Glee Club serenaded the guests as they walked down the stairwell to leave the country club. What a fantastic end to such an eventful day! ��� Junior Adam Nagy

Kyle Sutton

TUESDAY - This morning was a relaxing one for us as some of us went to the mall to spend some money, and others went to the beach for the sun and some football. Some of us found some great sales on shoes, and others wowed the people at the beach with their amazing athletic abilities. Now people know we are all well-rounded gentlemen. After having separate lunches, we met at 1:30 to depart for Cape Coral, Florida to perform at the Faith Presbyterian Church. Our velvet voices stunned the sold out audience at the church and left them wanting more. We couldn�۪t have asked for a better crowd, with their great enthusiasm and eagerness to have a really good time ��� Sophomore Kyle Sutton

Peter Tarrant

MONDAY - Finally we get some sleep! This morning was a lazy morning. There was no call time until 1:45 so after breakfast, many of us took the time to catch another nap. Others took the bus to the beach or the mall. After lunch, it was travel time again. We crossed Alligator Alley to arrive in Punta Gorda. The Burnt Store Presbyterian Church was our host this night. It was another sold out show with more than 800 people. It was amazing. The crowd was giving standing ovations before the 2nd half even started! They were very appreciative and very energetic. It was such a pleasure performing for them. They gobbled up as many CD�۪s as they could so they could remember us. Another long bus ride back but another late call time tomorrow. We can�۪t wait to see what it holds ��� Senior Peter Tarrant

Jon Hall

SUNDAY - To start the day, we loaded the busses at 5:00AM for North Naples United �۬Methodist Church to lead worship at 8:30AM and 11:00AM services. Though we lost�۬ an hour due to daylight savings, we were energized to sing in front of such a�۬ large congregation. After some mingling after the show, we headed to Ft.�۬ Lauderdale for a pleasant surprise.�۬�۬ The glee club had the opportunity to join The Niswonger family for an�۬ afternoon boat ride. Though the glee club has seen the ocean quite a few times,�۬ they saw it from a very different perspective on Sunday afternoon. The Niswonger�۪s, grandparents of freshman Tyler Gentry,�۬ own a 160 ft. yacht with a 10 person crew. The glee club, PMO staff, and a few�۬ Purduettes who were in the neighborhood, enjoyed all 4 stories of the yacht.�۬ For most of the guys in the group, it was a once in a life-time experience. We�۬ are so thankful to have been able join the Niswongers and we hope to seem �۬them again soon ��� Sophomore Jon Hall

Justin Smith

SATURDAY - For me, my Saturday started promptly at midnight where a few of us decided to see if anything was open and still serving food. After a half hour of searching we found a place that although was very overpriced, was still serving food. After twenty four hours on a bus those chicken strips and fries never knew what hit them. After our super late dinner, we decided to walk around and enjoy the obvious weather improvement that Florida is famous for. Then we all turned in for the night. For me breakfast happened around 7:30 and it was delicious. After breakfast and until about 11:30 I enjoyed the sun and breeze at the hotel pool. I then took a shower and prepared myself for another bus trip but at a measly two and a half hours I didn�۪t fret. The venue where we performed was absolutely beautiful and the church reminded me of a Spanish monastery that you'd only see in the movies. About twenty minutes before we went on to stage our manager informed the group that not only was the show sold out but people were willing to watch us from a TV in other rooms AND people were sitting behind us. This news did nothing but make me more excited about the '08 Florida tour. The show went great and the audience was amazing. After loading the risers onto the bus I can't wait to continue performing the rest of the week ��� Freshman Justin Smith

Jimmy Polivka

FRIDAY - After much anticipation, spring break is finally here. After coming to PMO at 9:00pm to load our baggage and equipment, we rolled out at about 10:15 to start our 24 hour bus ride. We were all excited to be heading toward sunny skies, sandy beaches and sold out shows. After about an hour or two we decided it was about time to get some sleep. I remember falling asleep just south of Indianapolis, and when I woke up at 8:30 the next morning, we were already in central Georgia, and stopping for breakfast at a Cracker Barrel, one of our favorite stops for breakfast. Of course we couldn�۪t resist serenading customers and staff, but we didn�۪t have long because we needed to get back on the road. We spent a few hours on the road and stopped for lunch and to fuel the busses only a couple miles from the Georgia-Florida border. Most of the time on the bus was spent watching various movies. When we first entered Florida, it was rainy and not the weather we expected, which caused some slowdowns in traffic, be we�۪ll take a little rain over the snow that was being precipitated back in Lafayette. We finally arrived to the Renaissance Hotel in Plantation, Florida at 9:30 pm where it was partly cloudy and about 70 degrees. We can�۪t wait to see what the week brings us ��� Junior Jimmy Polivka

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