PMO Christmas Show Continues for 86th Year

The show features ensemble performances from several PMO groups, including the Glee Club, Heart & Soul, University Choir, Purdue Bells and Purduettes.

Posted: Dec 6, 2019 12:53 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)—This weekend kicks off the Purdue Musical Organization's annual Christmas show. This is the 86th year for the magical, musical tradition.

The show features ensemble performances from several PMO groups, including the Glee Club, Heart & Soul, University Choir, Purdue Bells and Purduettes. The show's biggest act is the cantada, where all PMO performers come together for the second act of the show.

Many people don't realize the Christmas Show is a year-long production. Each year, preparations for the Christmas show begin in January just one month after the performance of the previous year's Christmas show.  Staff members choose Christmas songs for each group to sing and/or perform, and rehearsals begin in the fall.

The Christmas show is a wintertime staple at Purdue. However, each year the PMO students are challenged to continue the tradition, while producing a fresh show.

Purduette's Manager Kira Siepman said that, and the constant flow of new students, helps to keep the spirit of the Christmas show alive. 

"We get to reminisce on the past from the people that have already done the Christmas show," she explained. "But the new people that are coming in are learning and bringing this new vibe and this new energy to the Christmas show every year."

Siepman explained PMO students work to honor the Christmas show's history, because the tradition is something that started before any of them were even born.

"It's really cool to think about the history of the Christmas Show," Siepman said. "Something we think about is every single year and every time there's a Christmas show it's a different group of people; people are graduating and then new people are coming in."

You can catch the Purdue Christmas Show this Saturday at Noon, 4:00 and 8:00 p.m. and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Ticket prices are $35 for adults, $27 for seniors, $12 for children and $20 for students.  Right now, tickets are buy one get free for students.

To purchase tickets, click here. 

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