Hipps, FMWRC Public Affairs
Va. — Lights!
the theme of the 2009 U.S. Army Soldier Show, which opened April 24 at
Fort Belvoir, Va. The Soldier Show cast is scheduled to present a
performance at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30 at Fort McCoy.
(Left to right) Spc. Dawn
Florence, Sgt. Sarah Connell, Spc. Julio Petersen, Spc. Carlos
Benefield and Chief Warrant Officer 2 Elaine Hudson sing and
dance to T-Pain’s "Freeze." (Photo
by Tim Hipps)
audience is going to have the rare experience of feeling and being in
a live television studio, including commercial breaks," said
Soldier Show production director Victor Hurtado, who spent much of the
past year working on TV productions "Nashville Star,"
"America’s Got Talent," "Clash of the Choirs,"
and country performing artist Michael Peterson’s "My Real Life
— Strong For America Tour," presented by the U.S. Army.
of that comes from some of the experiences I’ve had this last year
with network television, and just realizing what a great experience
these audiences have and how the set changes are part of what makes it
kind of cool before you go back on the air," Hurtado explained.
"At the end of the day, an artistic director is just a vessel
responsible for experiencing as much as he can and putting it into a
planets have aligned," Hurtado said — just in time for
"entertainment for the Soldier, by the Soldier," the working
motto of the Army Entertainment Division, to embark on a
six-and-one-half month tour with more than 100 performances on 46
installations, including stops in Hawaii, Korea and the storied Warner
Theatre in Washington.
show will open with Kirk Franklin’s upbeat "Declaration (This
is It!)," co-written by Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald, which
addresses survival of the everyday trials and tribulations through a
positive declaration of one’s purpose in life.
makes use of the tune of Kenny Loggins’ "This is It,"
Hurtado said. "But it has been completely redone in a very
scene features the new retro sounds of Duffy’s "Mercy,"
Dominican Juan Luis Guerra’s "La Llave de Mi Corazon,"
which translates in English to "Key to my Heart," and
"I Decided," by Solange Knowles, younger sister of Beyonce.
has a little bit of English, a little bit of rap, it’s all meringue
— so it moves," Hurtado said. "There are also some really
cool Kanye West and Rhianna numbers, with black lights and interesting
drums — a lot of visuals."
lot of dance, rap, English R&B, visuals, patriotic tunes,
movement, love of country — even a roller skater — will grace the
stage of the 2009 U.S. Army Soldier Show during the 90-minute
theatrical concert production.
will wear traditional attire from India during "Jai Ho," a
soundtrack piece from "Slumdog Millionaire," the 2008-09
Oscar Award-winning best motion picture of the year.
Soldiers will perform Frankie Smith’s 1981 funk song, "Double
Dutch Bus," while playing the streets of Philadelphia-acclaimed
jump rope game on stage. Raven-Symone covered the tune in 2008 and it
was released to promote the film "College Road Trip." There
also will be a throw forward to modernized versions of more ’80s
hits, complete with choreography and costuming reminiscent of the
"Solid Gold" television show.
the finale, the troops combined "The Warrior’s Anthem," by
Michael Peterson, with the late Robert Humphreys’ "Warrior’s
Creed," and put it to music.
a combination of that and a song called "Make Them Hear
You," Hurtado said. "It’s a declaration of being
in itself, is the director’s goal for the Soldiers’ show.
an artistic person by nature," said Hurtado, who during the past
year founded Martenvee Media to help expand the entertainment horizon
for enlisted troops who aspire to perform. "Just being able to
focus on that, and to work from the stage back, is where I’m most
comfortable, especially in working with the music."
is basically writing an hour-and-a-half record with feet and hands and
clothes and hearts — and a roller skater this time. I’m really an
artist at heart, although I have an organized side of myself that
comes in handy.
way, I answer to the same boss: the Soldiers in the show."
more information about the Fort McCoy performance, visit the Morale,
Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Web site http://www.mccoymwr.com
or call the MWR Events Line at 877-864-4969.