Hipps, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command Public
Va. ó Dec. 31 is the deadline to apply for an audition to join
the cast and crew of the 2009 U.S. Army Soldier Show.
Pfc. Jokia Goshen (right) of Fort
Hood, Texas, and Sgt. Kevin Lynum of Fort Carson, Colo., salute
while singing Myron Butlerís "Stronger" during the
2008 Army Soldier Show. (Photo
by Tim Hipps)
Entertainment Division needs vocalists, dancers, musicians,
technicians and specialty acts for the song-and-dance extravaganza
that provides "entertainment for the Soldier, by the
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 also must
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.
who play musical instruments are ideal candidates for the Soldier
Show, which will consider instrumentalists who can sing. Such
candidates are not required to have musician as their military
occupational specialty, but they should be proficient in reading basic
lead sheets or chord charts. Musiciansí audition videos must include
a recording of a solo performance, which can be supplemented by a
recording with an ensemble or band.
ability is desired but not required, and additional talents will be
evaluated in conjunction with proficiency on the primary instrument,
including singing, playing of multiple instruments and dancing ó
which should be revealed in the video.
Army Entertainment Divisionís panel of judges will select
Soldier-musicians for live auditions based on the videos and
are needed for audio, video, lighting, costuming and stage technology.
Performers and technicians with experience in theater leadership, team
building, and mechanical or electrical aptitude also will be
considered for positions such as stage manager. They must be available
from Feb. 1-through Nov. 30, 2009. Technicians must submit a resume
that illustrates experience in sound, lighting, construction,
carpentry or stage management. Photographs of past work are
encouraged. Performers should also list their technical experience, if
also 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.
instructions and a letter of release sample are available on the
Internet at www.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.
nominees must have a minimum of 90 days time in service remaining
after completion of the tour in November 2009, and be deployable
worldwide. Soldiers selected for the 2009 U.S. Army Soldier Show must
have a change of duty or change of rater evaluation report completed
prior to leaving their units.
of video auditions and technicians is scheduled for mid-January and
finalists will be notified through their respective regional
headquarters by the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Commandís
(FMWRC) U.S. Army Entertainment Division by Jan. 23. Temporary duty
orders will be issued and costs paid by FMWRC for Soldiers to travel
to Fort Belvoir for final auditions. Those selected for the show will
be attached to FMWRC through Nov. 30, and the others will return to
artistic and technical inquiries, contact Tim Higdon at (703)
806-3698, DSN 656-3698 or email@example.com.
For military information, contact 1st Sgt. Cynthia Moody at (703)
806-4937 or DSN 656-4937.
(Hipps is with the Family
and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command Public Affairs Office.)