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Sesame Street tour brings positive message

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Show includes military child character

By LYNSIE DICKERSON
Gold Standard Staff Writer
lynsie.m.dickerson.ctr@mail.mil
Natcher Physical Fitness Center was full of singing, dancing and smiling faces as the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families made a two-day stop on Fort Knox.
Performances took place April 9 and 10 and were free to military Families.
The show told the story of Katie—a military child character created exclusively for the USO tour—who was getting ready to move to a new town. Katie was worried about leaving her friends behind and making new friends, but her pals on Sesame Street—which included Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, Rosita and Honker—comforted her and told her she can keep her old friends and write letters to them while still making new friends in her new town.  
The show was full of singing and dancing, with the audience dancing along to some of the songs, too. Prior to the show, kids were given light-up toys to play with and bandanas to wear.
“I think the audience really enjoyed it,” said Aniela Guset, Fort Knox Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation partnership specialist.
Guset said it’s been a while since the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families made its last visit to Fort Knox, and said last week’s turnout was excellent.
The first performance brought in 466 people; 371 attended the second performance and 517 attended the final performance.
Bringing the show to Fort Knox was important because “the show relates to what military Families are going through,” Guset said. It’s also important to bring shows like this to post because,  she said, they give Family members another way to spend time together.

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