Elmo and friends delight audiences of all ages

Cookie Monster, Elmo, Zoe, Rosita, and Grover sing and dance to several of their hits such as “Somebody Come and Play,” and the “Sesame Street” theme song during “The Sesame Street Experience for Military Families” USO Tour Oct. 16 and 17 at the base theater. Military families who attended the show received giveaways and outreach materials from Talk, Listen, Connect and other partners that sponsored this free event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Steven R. Doty)

Cookie Monster, Elmo, Zoe, Rosita, and Grover sing and dance to several of their hits such as “Somebody Come and Play,” and the “Sesame Street” theme song during “The Sesame Street Experience for Military Families” USO Tour Oct. 16 and 17 at the base theater. Military families who attended the show received giveaways and outreach materials from Talk, Listen, Connect and other partners that sponsored this free event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Steven R. Doty)

Rosita hugs one of her fans during “The Sesame Street Experience for Military Families” USO Tour Oct. 16 and 17 at the base theater.  Over 1,000 tickets were given to military families per show so children could meet some of their favorite muppets and better understand when a parent deploys. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Steven R. Doty)

Rosita hugs one of her fans during “The Sesame Street Experience for Military Families” USO Tour Oct. 16 and 17 at the base theater. Over 1,000 tickets were given to military families per show so children could meet some of their favorite muppets and better understand when a parent deploys. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Steven R. Doty)

Grover performs on stage as military families look on during “The Sesame Street Experience for Military Families” USO Tour Oct. 16 and 17 at the base theater. The gang from Sesame Street talked about experiencing the effects of deployment, multiple deployments or when a parent returns home changed due to a combat related injury. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Steven R. Doty)

Grover performs on stage as military families look on during “The Sesame Street Experience for Military Families” USO Tour Oct. 16 and 17 at the base theater. The gang from Sesame Street talked about experiencing the effects of deployment, multiple deployments or when a parent returns home changed due to a combat related injury. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Steven R. Doty)

Grover and Elmo take time to meet children during “The Sesame Street Experience for Military Families” USO Tour Oct. 16 and 17 at the base theater. The show was designed to provide parents with new tools to help their children learn how to deal with the hardships of deployments and military life. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Steven R. Doty)

Grover and Elmo take time to meet children during “The Sesame Street Experience for Military Families” USO Tour Oct. 16 and 17 at the base theater. The show was designed to provide parents with new tools to help their children learn how to deal with the hardships of deployments and military life. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Steven R. Doty)

Both children and adults attended “The Sesame Street Experience for Military Families” USO Tour Oct. 16 and 17 at the base theater.  Although the show was primarily catered toward children, parents found themselves dancing and singing with their children. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Steven R. Doty)

Both children and adults attended “The Sesame Street Experience for Military Families” USO Tour Oct. 16 and 17 at the base theater. Although the show was primarily catered toward children, parents found themselves dancing and singing with their children. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Steven R. Doty)

AIR FORCE DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON -- Elmo and his friends, Zoe, Rosita, Cookie Monster and Grover, rocked the house, otherwise known as the Andrews Air Force Base theater, Oct.16 and 17 and treated audience members to three memorable performances designed just for military families.

Both the young -- and the young-at-heart -- danced and wiggled in the aisles, sang along with Elmo and enjoyed the live Muppet show sponsored by Sesame Workshop and the USO. "The Sesame Street Experience for Military Families Tour" is one part of Sesame Workshop's larger "Talk, Listen, Connect" series, which covers deployments and changes within the family when the active-duty member returns home "changed" after a combat-related injury. The Sesame Workshop-USO initiative also offers support and resources for military families with young children in addition to the live shows and the "Talk, Listen, Connect" DVDs.

When the show opens, Elmo is sad about his father, Louie, deploying. Soon, Elmo's friends come to his rescue and describe different things they can do during his father's deployment, like dance and sing. Elmo and his friends then dance and sing Sesame Street favorites like, "Somebody Come and Play," and the "Sesame Street" theme song. Cookie Monster even sang his renown "C is for Cookie" as he struggled to get a cookie out from his cookie jar.

More than 1,000 free tickets were given out to the Andrews community for each show. Andrews was one of 43 military installations who hosted the Muppet performance. For more information on the "Talk, Listen, Connect" series, visit www.sesamestreet.org/tlc.