The 2014 Soldier Show, coming to White Sands Missile Range in September, will focus on the strength and character that makes up a Soldier while providing entertainment for the community.
“The White Sands Missile Range U.S. Army Soldier show is a free, community welcomed event. The objective of the U.S. Army Soldier Show is to provide quality entertainment, and engage and connect with Family & MWR customers, and connect with the local community, showcase Soldiers, and foster esprit de corps,” said Ryan Magnuson, WSMR FMWR marketing assistant.
This year’s show is titled, “Stand Strong,” based on the groundwork that makes up a Soldier in the Army. The show focuses on the strength and character that make up a Soldier. This year’s show will be held at Onate High School on Sept. 18 at 6 p.m.
In order to be in the show, Soldiers must exemplify each of the Army’s values. Even when true talent shines, a Soldier will not participate if he or she does not exemplify loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.
“The 2014 show will…honor the Army’s continued resilience and strength with its mission to effectively inform, educate and inspire our audiences to action,” said Tim Higdon, U.S. Army Entertainment producer and program Manager, in an article for Joint Base San Antonio.
The cast is made up of 13 Soldiers from the continental United States, four Soldiers from overseas, and four National Guard Soldiers. The cast and crew travel to a select Army garrison locations and set-up for an entertaining show for both Soldiers and Civilians. The cast and crew also break-down and load-out their set for the next show. The team has already performed 43 shows and will be traveling to three different installations after performing at WSMR. The tour will end on Oct. 1 at Joint Base San Antonio.
The 2014 cast and crew members are:
From CONUS: cast members Staff Sgt. Harrison Scurry, from Fort Drum, N.Y.; Sgt. Keith Beverly from Fort Polk, La.; Sgt. Tyrel Mays and Spc. Aurielle Polynice from Fort Hood, Texas; Staff Sgt. Lynnette Collier, Sgt. Amy Hargis, Spc. Darwin Crooks, Spc. Tierra Ducote, Spc. Copey Rice and Pfc. Diquan Sims from Fort Bragg, N.C.; Pfc. Bryan McNeil from Fort Campbell, Ky.; Pfc. Kiari Mhoon from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; and crew member Spc. Patrick Daly from Fort Irwin, Calif.
From OCONUS: cast members Pvt. Kyra White from Camp Stanley, Korea; Spc. Andrew Cooper from Del Din, Italy; Spc. Abighail Mary from Camp Humphreys, Korea; and crew member Spc. Christopher Roman from Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.
Army Entertainment also welcomes cast members from the Army National Guard including Staff Sgt. Duane Reno from Oregon; Spc. Amanda Spear from Indiana; Spc. Enjolee Williams from Texas; and Pfc. Melinda Douglas from New Jersey.
The entertainment program’s mission is to honor the Army’s campaign on strength and resilience by informing, educating, and inspiring the audience to action through entertainment. The program has even received recognition from the U.S. Congress and was deemed essential to the well-being of the Army. According to Army literature, the show provides the contentment and sense of security military families need which allow for an increase in recruitment and retention numbers.
The intention for an Army entertainment program is to create an avenue of support for Soldiers through entertainment. The program coordinates, produces and delivers theatrical and musical programs at Army installations worldwide. The program has been a part of the Army since 1774 with military shows like Yip Yip Yaphank during World War I and This Is The Army during World War II, written and directed by then Sgt. Irving Berlin who later went on to become a famous composer and lyricist.
The Army entertainment program also hosts several different events like; Operation Rising Star, the ‘Big Three’ and the Army Concert Series. These events are meant to increase morale among service members, family members, and civilians.
Seating is limited and is on a first come first serve basis. Door will open one hour prior to show time. CYSS will be taking families who would like to attend, please call 678-7093 to reserve your seat today!