• Sesame characters take the stage in during a 30-minute song and dance extravaganza "Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families" at the Memorial Fitness center on Rose Barracks. More than 1,800 community members attended during the four performances, July 9 and 10.

    Taking the stage

    Sesame characters take the stage in during a 30-minute song and dance extravaganza "Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families" at the Memorial Fitness center on Rose Barracks. More than 1,800 community members attended during the four...

  • The lovable cookie eating monster greets children in the audience during the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families Show, July 9.

    Cookie for me

    The lovable cookie eating monster greets children in the audience during the Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families Show, July 9.

  • Katie, a daughter of military parents created exclusively for the show, talks with other military children after the performance.

    Girl talk

    Katie, a daughter of military parents created exclusively for the show, talks with other military children after the performance.

VILSECK, Germany -- With several battalions recently transitioning to U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr, many military children are faced with the stress of leaving old friends and starting fresh at a new school.

Luckily, the United Service Organizations teamed up with Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation to bring the fun, refreshing Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families Show at the Memorial Fitness Center Rose Barracks, here, July 9 and 10.

More than 1,800 community members attended the three shows, making Sesame Street the talk of the town.

The 30-minute singing and dancing extravaganza featured well-known Sesame Street characters such as Cookie Monster, Grover and Elmo.

Also joining the cast was a special character named Katie, a daughter of military parents created exclusively for this tour.

The performance showcased the power of friendship as Katie opened up about her fears of starting over and meeting new people.

As Elmo and the other Sesame Street friends danced and sang their way through the colorful musical, Katie realized change can be good and she became more excited about her new home.

For the children who just arrived, as well as the ones heading off to new duty stations, the performance was a fun way to celebrate the unfamiliar with a bit of hope and a lot of fun.

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