The show that brings the Army’s most talented singers and dancers under one roof —The 2013 U.S. Army Soldier Show — is coming Aug. 2 -3 to the Enterprise High School Performing Arts Center.
“Family and MWR is proud to be a part of bringing the U.S. Army Soldier Show back year after year to our area,” Tim Laster, director of Fort Rucker’s Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, said. “This year we are fortunate to be able to partner with Enterprise High School to present the show at their wonderful performing arts center.”
This year’s production titled, “Ready and Resilient: At Your Service,” will explore what being ready and resilient means for a soldier, spouse, family member, survivor, retiree and civilian.
“This year’s show is very Army-themed driven,” Tim Higdon, U.S. Army Entertainment Producer and Program Manager, said. “We’re hitting some really key things for the Army, such as sponsorship (and) the new soldier coming to the base and helping them get acclimated or settled in to their new unit. There’s a recognition of Blue Star and Gold Star families. They, of course, are very important to us in dealing with deployment and being separated from our loved ones. There’s the usual fun, get-away-from-it kind of stuff where we explore what kind of things soldiers do to get away and get their minds off of the day-to-day stressors.”
The 75-minute musical show will provide non-stop entertainment as active-duty military service members sing and dance through various genres of music from today’s hits, classics and original songs.
This year’s show will feature 16 performers and 12 technicians.
“These talented soldiers come from active-component, Reserve (and) National Guard, and they all have military occupational specialties or jobs in the Army that they do that are different than being a singer or a dancer,” Higdon said. “So they take a break from day-to-day, whether that’s being a tanker, a military police (officer), a medic or cook. They come in for six weeks and we put on a show based on their talent.”
Finalists for the show have had six weeks of extensive rehearsal training, averaging 12 hours a day and seven days a week at Fort Sam Houston, TX.
“We teach them how to take the skills that they have and fine tune it into a high-quality, professional level, high-energy, variety show that kind of gives the Army’s message in a way that only the Army Soldier Show can,” Higdon said. “It’s a great experience for them, as well as for our audiences.”
This year’s five-month tour will include performances at 34 Garrisons with 55 performances for Army families and communities.
The 2013 U.S. Army Soldier Show also marks the 30th anniversary of the modern-day Soldier Show, which began in 1984.
The motto, mission and philosophy for the U.S. Army Soldier Show is, “Entertainment for the Soldier, by the Soldier.”
“We’re all a part of one big Army family, whether you are a civilian, family member, soldier or a veteran,” Higdon said. “We are all of that Army family, and (this show) is about taking the time out to celebrate that. (It’s) taking a break from the day-to-day mission to just enjoy each other and what we stand for, and how we can support each other through the course of this show.”
The 2013 U.S. Army Soldier Show will have two performances at Enterprise High School Performing Arts Center. The first performance will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 2, followed by another performance Aug. 3, at 2 p.m.
Admission is free for the event, no tickets are required and doors open one hour prior to showtime.
“The show is always a memorable event and is open to the entire Wiregrass community,” Laster said. “So I hope everyone will take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy this talented soldier cast.”
Higdon said he also encourages those in attendance to please shake hands with the cast and crew as they march out to the front.
“Be sure to take a moment and get a chance to just shake their hands because the cast and crew would like to thank them as an audience maybe just as much as the audience would like to thank them (the cast and crew).” Higdon said. “That’s one of the special moments of the tour for us when they really get a chance to connect with our audiences and with the communities that we support.”
For more information on the 2013 U.S. Army Soldier Show, call Family and MWR at 255-9810.