McIlvaine & Tim Hipps, FMWRC Public Affairs
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.
Entertainment Division needs vocalists, dancers, musicians,
technicians and specialty acts for the song-and-dance extravaganza
that provides "entertainment for the Soldier, by the
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Army Entertainment Divisionís panel of judges will select
Soldier-musicians for live auditions based on the videos and
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.
nominees must have a minimum of 90 days time in service remaining
after completion of the tour in November 2009, and be deployable
further information as well as artistic and technical inquiries,
contact Army Soldier Show Production Assistant Sgt. Daren Taylor at