Center Stage: Glee Club Final Elliott Rehearsal
Friday, April 30, 2010 will be one of the days that resounds throughout the Purdue Musical Organizations history books. This day was one of closing a chapter in Glee Club history and opening a new one. Of course, this day was none other than the last rehearsal ever in the Third Floor rehearsal room of Elliot Hall of Music. As many of you know, PMO is temporarily moving next fall to University Church before the arrival of our newly anticipated home at Bailey Hall. Prior to this “last rehearsal” the men of the PVGC conversed with each other in the normal manner prior to starting this daily tradition at 11:30 A.M.
The Glee Club even had some special visitors on this last day of rehearsal on “Third”. Here, former PMO director Jae Kellogg, First Lady of the Glee Club Natalie Griffel, and children Wil and Josie Griffel are introduced by Sir of Advancement, Barry Helfrich.
The Glee Club brightens up the morning by starting off with John Michael Montgomery’s version of the song “Sold”.
As you can see, the baritone section really got into telling the story of how their “hearts were hauled away”.
Senior and Sir of Traditions, Ryan McLean sings the solo to the song “Can’t Get Indiana off my Mind” during the Glee Club’s own rendition of “Indiana Medley”.
One part of rehearsal that most audience members never experience by seeing just a show is the focus and detail required during a rehearsal. Often times, Bill will stop in the middle of a song and work a section of a tune to make sure it is perfect. Here, the PVGC pays close attention to Bill’s every move and mannerism.
Senior and Assistant Manager Dan Gardiner sings a solo to the song “On the Banks of the Wabash”, again during “Indiana Medley”.
New man Tyler Strycker concentrates on Bill and works intently on forming correct vowels. Is that an OOO or an OOOH he is working on?
Often times the audience never sees the excitement in Director Bill Griffel’s eyes and face during each song. Here, Bill really gets into directing “West Lafayette Song.”
Ted really gives the piano a whipping every day with his burnin’ hot fingers. Here he tickles the ivories by somehow incorporating the commonly known “So Long, Farewell” into his solo during “West Lafayette Song”.
Sophomore Peter Carroll even chimed in on the drums during Friday’s rehearsal.
The men of the Glee Club really know how to impress the crowd with their smooth moves. Here, new man Chris Soverns tries to swoon some audience members during “Cool, Cool, Cool, of the Evening.”
Have you ever wondered what things look like from an Glee Clubber’s perspective…well now you know.
Barry Helfrich leads the Glee Club by singing the solo to the 1939 classic from Wizard of Oz, “Over the Rainbow.”
Here Junior Jimmy O’Connor sings the solo to one of Bill’s favorites, “This is the Moment”.
Say Cheese! Everyone poses for a final shot in the Third Floor rehearsal room. As many of you may remember, there were so many memories made in that room. While all of us at PMO will miss this historic place, we are excited to see the future home of PMO after our short time at University Church.
While the Glee Club and the rest of PMO will have a new, temporary home, the things we will forever take with us, wherever we go, are our traditions. Excellence, the greatest Glee Club tradition, is something that has defined the great Glee Clubs of the past and will continue to shape the Pudue Varsity Glee Club. No matter where we call “home”, the Glee Club will continue to impress audiences world wide, continue to do our best in whatever we do, and continue to be Gentlemen and Brothers in Song. We pay tribute to those who have come before us and still believe to this day, if you listen closely enough, you can still hear the echoes of Glee Clubs from days of yore in the treasured, tiny room on Third Floor.