by Musician 1st Class Kristin Pagent
We stopped to stretch in Chadron along the way, and happened to find a newspaper that had several photos and a fantastic article of our concert from Tuesday! We arrived safely in Scottsbluff, where we welcomed our executive officer, Lt. Cmdr. Walt Cline, who arrived to support us at the end of our tour.
The concert was in the Midwest Theater, a shoebox style theater that reopened May 3, 1946, after a fire in 1945. All of the seats in the balcony are the original seats (only reupholstered)! The theater was packed, and the audience was so appreciative and enthusiastic.
After the show, many of the Sea Chanters went out to the lobby to greet our patrons. I had the pleasure of meeting Elizabeth Gilmore, born and raised here in Scottsbluff. She said she saw the Andrew Sisters perform live when they were in their heyday. It is always a pleasure to hear the stories our patrons have, and a pleasure to sing for such interesting people. It's hard to believe that we only have one concert left on our 2012 national tour. Time flies when you're having fun!