By Sara E. Martin, Army Flier Staff WriterJuly 25, 2013
FORT RUCKER, Ala. (July 25, 2013) -- The stereotypical Soldier is a muscle head Captain America figure yelling "Hooah" as he runs into a gunfight, but the 2013 U.S. Army Soldier Show is determined to display the sensitive and creative side that many Soldiers have.
Army Entertainment, and Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, along with Sprint are putting on a show that will remind attendees of how Soldiers and Families live daily in the Army, said Janice Erdlitz, DFMWR marketing director.
"Whether you're civilian or military, you will be able to feel the energy of this show's performance to what it means to be Army Strong," she said. "We are very proud to be able to share with the entire Wiregrass community the experience of the U.S. Army Soldier Show."
The show will be held at the Performing Arts Center located on the campus of Enterprise High School. The first show will be Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. and a second show will be Aug. 3 at 2:30 p.m.
"The U.S. Soldier Show is an Army Entertainment production whose cast consists of active duty, Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers," said Erdlitz. "The song and dance show provides quality entertainment to the troops and Families while delivering a themed message."
Both shows are free and open to the public, and tickets are not required.
"We hope everyone will be able to take in one of the two performances being held," continued Erdlitz. "It's a great show, and a wonderful opportunity to show your support for the talented Soldier cast and the U.S. Army."
The show has been at Fort Rucker for two decades now, and is a much anticipated event in the Wiregrass, according to DFMWR officials, so the doors will open an hour before each show so patrons can get a seat early.
"The Soldier Show gives everyone a chance to relax and enjoy free high-quality entertainment that is provided by our Soldiers," said Brian Jackson, DFMWR project manager. "It gives military members, their Families and the surrounding community a time to be proud of other service members performing for our country."
The Soldier Show covers a variety of entertainment, which includes vocal and instrumental entertainment and dancing, said Jackson.
"Active-duty Soldiers audition for the Soldier Show every year for a chance to have a one-year assignment traveling the country and performing for every installation in the Army," he said. "It's very competitive and can be an exciting assignment for the cast once selected."
Although three Fort Rucker Soldiers auditioned last year, they did not make the cut, but Jackson said that everyone involved with the show, from setting up the stage to the choreography, are active-duty Soldiers.
"The show comes with several transitions and intriguing stage props that make it one of the best live musicals in the area," he said.
The theme of this year's show is "Ready and Resilient," which includes a 90-minute live musical performance that engages the audience through the beauty of music and dance.
"In years past, patrons have been known to attend multiple shows due to the level of enjoyment and showcasing our Soldiers abilities and talents," said Jackson.
The show is said to have a talented cast that will explore different music genres and cultures from around the world.
"Every American, military affiliated or not, will be able to see themselves in the show," said Victor Hurtado, Soldier Show artistic director. "The fact that the show is entertaining someone is already taking them away (from their mindset), but the messaging is going to inspire."
"We know they are coming to be entertained," he continued, "but further, the content of the show is designed to hopefully be a time-released pool of inspiration."
For more information, call 255-9810.