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June 08, 2012

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Soldiers bring ‘Army Strong’ to McCoy stage July 8

Story & photo by Tim Hipps, Installation Management Command Public Affairs

SAN ANTONIO — Active-duty Soldiers bring the emotional, mental, physical, spiritual and Family pillars of military life to the stage in “Army Strong,” the 2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show.

The show will perform at the Fort McCoy Rumpel Fitness Center, building 1122, at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 8.

PHOTO: The cast of the 2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show will be at Fort McCoy Sunday, July 8 for a 2 p.m. performance. Photo by Tim Hipps
The cast of the 2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show will be at Fort McCoy Sunday, July 8 for a 2 p.m. performance.

Doors open at 1 p.m., and all seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The performance is free and open to the public.

“Every section of the show has something to do with strength in one of those areas,” production manager and producer Tim Higdon said.

The 90-minute song-and-dance production is designed to accentuate the strengths and resiliency of Soldiers and military Families through modern songs, current hits, vibrant costuming, exciting choreography and spectacular visuals.

“That is in line with the chief of staff’s motto for this year, which is, ‘The strength of our nation is our Army, the strength of our Army is our Soldiers, the strength of our Soldiers is our Families, and that’s what makes us Army Strong,” Higdon said.

“So the show is designed to follow that theme, and to highlight the strength aspect all the way through.”

Soldiers will sing and dance their way into the audiences’ heart, mind and soul.

“Entertainment for the Soldier, by the Soldier,” is the working motto of the U.S. Army Soldier Show, which is designed to deliver a positive message to the troops.

“It’s all about ‘Army Strong — Hooah!’ So we’re moving out and doing that,” Higdon said.

The 2012 edition unveils a state-of-the-art, high-resolution LED video wall — 13 feet tall by 28 feet wide — featuring photographs of Army life on a virtual backdrop revolving from scene to scene and song to song.

“It’s going to be a very visual show — very current, very modern,” Higdon said. “We’re excited about that new aspect of the show. The incorporation of that LED technology is going to make the show move forward with a very modern and relevant presentation.”

As always, sections of the show are dedicated to legends of the entertainment industry, such as Etta James.

Another blast into the past features a segment accentuating musical eras of the 1920s, ’40s, ’50s and ’60s, capped with the Rolling Stones’ classic “Satisfaction.”

“I have to say the talent is exceptional,” Hurtado said. “They really pick up, and they really deliver.”

The five-month tour performs at least 60 shows in at least 31 venues, including a Pacific journey to Hawaii and Japan.

One goal of the U.S. Army Soldier Show is to promote resiliency by giving fellow troops an opportunity to unwind, relax and re-evaluate the world in which they live, along with the way of life that they defend. And how they do it: Army Strong.

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