Center Stage: Glee Club End of Season
Where does the time go? The Glee Club opened their final show of the 2009-2010 school year at The Long Center in Lafayette, Indiana. The crowd was greeted with the thunderous sound of the Glee Club during “Ambassador’s of Song”. This tune has become a part of the regular fabric of a Glee Club show.
Seniors Dan Gardiner and Jim Giberson really get into their last show as Glee Clubbers. It is clearly evident, by this picture, that both left everything onstage.
The PVGC swooned the audience with classics like “Cool, Cool, Cool, of the Evening.” This song was written by Indiana native, Hoagy Carmichael.
Lighthouse brought out some spiritual tunes for the final time. Here, they really got the crowd praising the Most High with “His Love is Like a River”.
As senior Kyle Sutton sang some high notes on “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel”, the rest of the Glee Club excitedly sang along. This was one of the best renditions of the song all year!
Senior and Sir of the Web, Noah Demerly, lavaliere’s his fiancé Jenn Murphy by singing “Then” by Brad Paisley. He was sure to mention their upcoming marriage in just a week and how excited he was to be a husband.
The Clever Lads also came forward to sing a few tunes. Here they croon with “Save the Last Dance”.
Senior Ian Hyman lavaliered his mother, Kara Coppedge-Hyman, with the song “This is The Moment”. He also made sure to hand her his Mother’s Day card, as the Glee Club was busy recording their new CD last Sunday.
Being that End of Season was the last show for many Seniors, emotions were high with both Glee Clubbers and parents alike. Here, Mrs. Gardiner gets a little teary-eyed as her son Dan sings to her for the last time as a member of the Purdue Varsity Glee Club.
Senior Connie Baltzell serenades two members from the PMO Advisory Board, Emilie Crabb and Natalie King. Natalie and Emilie are long-time friends of the Glee Club and can often be spotted together at nearly every Glee Club show.
In a touching moment, senior Kyle Sutton also serenades his mother during the run-out song “When You’re Smiling”.
Senior Aaron Strand also decided to lavaliere the “woman he intends to marry,” Staci Eberly, with the Voiceover’s hit “I’m Gonna Love you Forever.”
The Flashbacks gave the crowd Disco Fever with their rendition of “Disco Inferno”.
Ba-Na-Na gave one final performance with their rendition of “Shout”. This was both a sentimental and exciting moment for these four kings of cut-up, as all of them are graduating members of the Glee Club. Next year’s group sure has some big shoes to fill as Jim, Kyle, Barry and Pat will be missed.
Glee Clubbers of all class go wild during Ray Steven’s version of “Mississippi Squirrel Revival”. Senior Jim Giberson brought the crowd to their feet with his crazy lyrics and outlandish mannerisms.
PVGC alums gathered onstage with the Glee Club to sing powerful songs such as “The Creation” and “The Prayer” from the opera Lohengrin.
Boiler Boys wowed the crowd with their megamix, which includes the crowd favorite “Sherry Baby.”
Upon officially graduating from Glee Club, each member of the PVGC receives an engraved cane to finish out their full dress. Each cane has their name, date of graduation from the PVGC and their major.
Here, outgoing Purdusires Dr. Thomas Robinson and Mr. John Sautter receive canes, as they are made honorary members of the PVGC. Both of these fine gentlemen are retiring from Purdue this summer. They will both be sadly missed and PMO thanks them for their tireless efforts over the years to help and guide the Glee Club.
Senior Noah Demerly sings the solo to the patriotic, “God Bless the USA”.
Near the end of the evening the Glee Club made a pledge to have peace in our world with the awe-inspiring tune “Tribute to World Peace.”
PICTURE TIME! The Glee Club poses with Director Bill Griffel for one final shot before the year is over.
Before ending the evening, the Seniors and the rest of the PVGC sang “Every Time We Say Goodbye” and of course, “Hail Purdue”. The Glee Club would like to thank the Staff, Students, Parents, Family, Friends and Supporters of PMO for such a successful year that would not be possible without your help. The 2009-2010 season was one of the best in Glee Club history. We would also like to thank Bill and Ted for being such great men of character and integrity, and for putting so much on the line for the PVGC daily. Your tireless effort does not go unnoticed or appreciated. And, on behalf of the Web committee, we would especially like to thank Mr. Foerster, Mr. and Mrs. Gardiner, and any other parents who provided pictures of shows throughout the year. For the final time, this is Noah Demerly, Sir of the World Wide Web, signing off. We hope you all enjoyed this year’s version of Centerstage!