Fort McCoy News June 14, 2013

Army Soldier Show to perform at McCoy July 11

FORT MCCOY, Wis. — The stage is set for 22 Soldiers from across the country to entertain Fort McCoy with a 75-minute song and dance production, themed "Ready and Resilient."

The 2013 U.S. Army Soldier Show will perform at the Fort McCoy Rumpel Fitness Center Thursday, July 11 beginning at 6 p.m.
The free performance is open to the public.

Doors open an hour before the show and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The show debuted at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, April 19-20.

Following the McCoy performance, the Soldier Show stops next at Fort Knox, Ky., Tuesday, July 16. The tour ends Tuesday, Aug. 13 at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

This year marks the Army Soldier Show's 30th season, which began in 1984 but has roots in Broadway theater as far back as 1917. The Soldier Show has made a stop at Fort McCoy on a recurring basis during the past 20 years.

"Ready and Resilient" is a high-energy live musical production that showcases the talents of active-duty Soldiers selected by audition from throughout the Army.

Soldiers first, they are artists who have a passion for music, dance and performing, with specialties ranging from information technology to combat medicine. The show is assembled and rehearsed five weeks in preparation for a four-month tour of military installations across the nation.

"Every American, military-affiliated or not, will be able to see themselves in the show," said Army Soldier Show Artistic Director Victor Hurtado. "The fact that the show is entertaining someone is already taking them away (from their mindset), but the messaging is going to inspire. We know they are coming to be entertained, but further, the content in the show is designed to hopefully be a time-released pool of inspiration."

Hurtado promises the show has something for everyone. Tributes are paid to the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the 75th anniversary of the song, "God Bless America," the 60th anniversary of the Armistice of the Korean War, and the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Vietnam War.

Hurtado explained how performers will bring the message to life on stage.

"We touch on resilience while being deployed," he said. "The day-to-day things you've got to do to get you through the first day and to the next day. There's got to be a way to recharge quickly because you don't have a whole lot of time."

"So what are those mechanisms?" he continued. "Camaraderie, playing a song with other Soldiers, interacting in some sort of group activity that just kind of takes place, actually having some communication with your girlfriend or boyfriend back home, there is Wi-Fi now, so having some sort of communication."

"We touch on R&R (Rest and Recuperation leave) from deployment, not necessarily coming all the way home: maybe meeting in Europe or somewhere else," Hurtado said. "We touch on Family time back home, not necessarily having to go somewhere. It's more about getting away, and not having to go somewhere to get away, that you can get away while you're still at home and spend Family time. SARGE may be giving suggestions for movies to watch with the Family."

SARGE, or Speech Activated Reconnaissance Gathering Entity, is to the Soldier Show what Siri is to an iPhone, an application that delivers information to electronic devices, such as cell phones, pads and tablets. Soldiers throughout the show will lean on SARGE for information about how to deal with everyday life, and like a good Soldier, SARGE always delivers.

"The show is very much about illustrating not only ways to get away and be resilient, but also illustrating overarching solutions to certain issues that are facing the military today, like (the Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention Program), Gold Star, Blue Star and Survivor Outreach Services," Hurtado said.

The show's troops are focused on accomplishing the mission and providing quality entertainment at the same time.

'Army Entertainment would like to recognize Sprint — 'Sprint Keeping 'Ready and Resilient' Soldiers and Families Connected.'
Local sponsors for the Army Soldier Show are: A.L.M. Charities, LHI - Logistics Health Incorporated, Pizza Hut, Burnstad's and WCOW 97.1 FM Country.

No federal endorsement is implied.

For more information about the Fort McCoy performance, visit the website www.mccoymwr.com or call the Event Hotline at 877-864-4969.

For more information about the Soldier Show Armywide, visit the website www.armymwr.com.

(Information from the Installation Management Command and Army Public Affairs Office and the Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation website was used to prepare this article.)