Soldier Show to have free performance
at Fort McCoy’s Rumpel Fitness Center
|FORT BELVOIR, Va. — “Soldier Show 27.0” is the concept
of the 2010 U.S. Army Soldier Show, an “entertainment for the Soldier,
by the Soldier” song-and-dance production. This year’s edition revolves
around current social-media phenomena.
“It’s the 27th year and it’s a new version, just like a new version of a
computer program, but it’s built on the foundations of all the past
versions,” Soldier Show Production Director Victor Hurtado said.
“Basically, it’s like a computer screen. When you walk in, you’ll see
the desktop, and all of the transitions are like Facebook or Google with
The 2010 Soldier Show schedule features 101 performances at 53 venues,
including eight stops in Germany. The tour will perform at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Sept., 11 at Fort McCoy’s Rumpel Fitness Center, building
Doors will open one hour before the performance begins. The event is
free and open to the public. Seating will be available on a first-come,
Soldier Show regulars might recognize a few familiar-looking faces
because three siblings of 2004 Soldier Show performers are among this
season’s cast: Spc. Philip Plasterer, Spc. Brian McAleese-Jergins and
2nd Lt. Katherine Melcher. Sgt. Kevin Cherry, another 2004 performer,
returns for his second go-round with the Soldier Show.
In addition to much ado about keeping it all in the Family, the 2004 and
2010 themes somewhat resemble each other. The previous show revolved
around how deployed Soldiers kept in touch with loved ones via cellular
telephones and electronic mail. Those communication devices have since
been supplemented by faster-moving and farther-reaching social-media
tools, many of which the Army has embraced.
Hurtado was quickly impressed by this year’s Soldier Show performers.
“When I hear them sing together, it’s like the most glorious choir,” he
said. “People are going to be just shocked by how good they are.”
Soldier Show founder Irving Berlin would not have wanted it any other
way. The Soldier-performers, in turn, will honor the founding father of
“There’s some great historical content with Irving Berlin,” Hurtado
explained. “We have much better video technology this year with moving
projectors. We’re going to be able to use that during the show for a lot
longer lengths of time, so we have voiceovers with Irving Berlin and
some of his work.” The show will open with Disturbed’s heavy metal
anthem “Indestructible,” which was written to inspire Soldiers headed
“It’s meant to be something that would make them feel invincible, take
away their fear, make them strong,” Disturbed lead vocalist David
As always, the troops will deliver several genres of music and dance,
complete with Soldier-musicians on guitar, bass, keyboard and drums. “We
have an incredibly trained male ballet dancer,” Hurtado said. “Pfc.
Andrew Enriquez brings an incredibly masculine [Mikhail] Baryshnikov
style. He’s really good, and we’re using him throughout the show.”
And, of course, there’s a tribute to the late Michael Jackson. “With the
Michael Jackson segment, we’re just making use of what he left behind,”
said Hurtado, who revealed the medley will include “ABC,” “I Want You
Back,” “I’ll Be There,” and “Jam.” “I don’t want to give too much away,
but the very last piece is something that you’ll definitely recognize,”
Hurtado added while moon-walking backwards.
He then touched briefly on the finale. The most important thing about
the show this year, is the finale was written by the cast, Hurtado said.
As a group, they wrote an original song and it really came together
beautifully. It’s going to have to do with resilience and the
inspiration of bouncing back, he added. The U.S. Army Soldier Show has
exhibited those qualities for 26 years, and likely will do so again —
along with brothers and sisters and a few old friends — for “Soldier
The 2010 U.S. Army Soldier Show is sponsored by two premier sponsors:
the U.S. Army G-1’s Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention
Program; and the Army’s Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program.
For more information, call 608-388-3200.