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In 1926, a 100-voice choir,12-piece orchestra, 32-member ballet company, and lots of props took off from the campus in Rexburg, Idaho, in a caravan of 20 automobiles. This first-ever road performance traveled 50 miles to Blackfoot and performed Gounod's Faust to an appreciative audience of 1,100 people.
Thus began the performance tour program of BYU-Idaho that in more recent years has built bridges of friendship and understanding across the United States, in Europe, Russia, South America, Asia, and the isles of the sea. Performers continue to display a noticeable unity and joy in their purpose. "The talent was outstanding and the character and comportment of the performers impressive," reflected Richard T. Jackson after sponsoring a show in Campinas, Brazil. "Their message of service and the importance of education was exactly what the youth here needed."