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Army Soldier Show application 
deadline extended to Jan. 22

By Rob McIlvaine & Tim Hipps, FMWRC Public Affairs

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Family and Morale, Welfare Command Public Affairs Office) Ė Jan. 22 is the extended deadline to apply for an audition to join the cast and crew of the 2009 U.S. Army Soldier Show. The previous deadline was Dec. 31.

Army Entertainment Division needs vocalists, dancers, musicians, technicians and specialty acts for the song-and-dance extravaganza that provides "entertainment for the Soldier, by the Soldier."

Technicians are needed for audio, video, lighting, costuming and stage technology. Performers and technicians with experience in theatre leadership, team building, and mechanical or electrical aptitude will also be considered for positions such as stage manager. They must be available from Feb. 1 through Nov. 30.

In addition, drivers are needed to help keep the U.S. Army Soldier Show on the road. Freightliner trucks and a commercial bus are used to transport the cast, crew and equipment around the country.

Active-duty, Reserve and National Guard Soldiers with a valid Class A driverís license are preferred, but applicants with any valid driverís license are eligible for training.

Application instructions and a letter of release sample are available on the Internet at ArmyMWR.com by clicking on Recreation & Leisure, Entertainment, and then U.S. Army Soldier Show.

If sending your nomination via the U.S. Postal Service, mail your packet to: United States Army Soldier Show, Attn: 2009 Selection Committee, P.O. Box 439, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060. Via other carriers: United States Army Soldier Show, Attn: 2009 Selection Committee, 6091 Sharon Lane, Bldg. 1434, Fort Belvoir, VA 22060.

Vocalists must submit a DVD or video cassette that exhibits musical styles, vocal range and special talents emphasizing musical variety. A suggested format features a spoken introduction, a minimum of two songs of contrasting styles, and a segment devoted to additional talents, such as dance or instrumental ability. Musicians must also submit an audio CD.

Dancers must submit a DVD or video cassette that exhibits different styles of dance. A spoken introduction, followed by at least two performance numbers illustrating various techniques, is required. Both solo and partner-accompanied dances are acceptable. Be sure to include additional talents, particularly vocals. Vocalists who play musical instruments are ideal candidates for the Soldier Show.

The Army Entertainment Divisionís panel of judges will select Soldier-musicians for live auditions based on the videos and application packets.

Technicians must submit a resume that illustrates experience in sound, lighting, construction, carpentry or stage management. Photographs of past work are encouraged. Performers also should list their technical experience, if applicable.

All nominees must have a minimum of 90 days time in service remaining after completion of the tour in November 2009, and be deployable worldwide.

For further information as well as artistic and technical inquiries, contact Army Soldier Show Production Assistant Sgt. Daren Taylor at (703) 380-8879.


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