Fort McCoy News April 11, 2014

Soldier Show cast, crew prepare to 'Stand Strong'

STORY & PHOTO BY ROBERT DOZIER
U.S. Army Installation Management Command

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO — The U.S. Army Installation Management Command has selected 19 cast and two crew members to deliver the "Stand Strong" theme to garrisons starting April 11.

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The cast is expected to perform solo and ensemble musical numbers as well as dance in the 2014 Soldier Show. A performance is set for 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17 at Fort McCoy.

The show will be take the stage at Fort McCoy's Rumpel Fitness Center at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 17. The event is free and open to the public. All seating is first come, first served.

Army Entertainment, a division of IMCOM's G9 Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs, made the selections through a week-long process including live auditions, full military screening and fitness testing.

The 2014 cast and crew members are:
From the Continental United States (CONUS): cast members Staff Sgt. Harrison Scurry from Fort Drum, N.Y.; Sgt. Keith Beverly from Fort Polk, La.; Sgt. Tyrel Mays and Spc. Aurielle Polynice from Fort Hood, Texas; Staff Sgt. Lynnette Collier, Sgt. Amy Hargis, Spc. Darwin Crooks, Spc. Tierra Ducote, Spc. Copey Rice and Pfc. Diquan Sims from Fort Bragg, N.C.; Pfc. Bryan McNeil from Fort Campbell, Ky.; Pfc. Kiari Mhoon from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; and crew member Spc. Patrick Daly from Fort Irwin, Calif.

From Outside CONUS: cast members Pvt. Kyra White from Camp Stanley, Korea; Spc. Andrew Cooper from Del Din, Italy; Spc. Abighail Mary from Camp Humphreys, Korea; and crew member Spc. Christopher Roman from Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.
Army Entertainment also welcomes cast members from the Army National Guard, including Staff Sgt. Duane Reno from Oregon; Spc. Amanda Spear from Indiana; Spc. Enjolee Williams from Texas; and Pfc. Melinda Douglas from New Jersey.

The Soldier Show is a totally self-contained touring operation, where the cast and crew travel to a select Army garrison location, load-in and set-up for the show and then entertain all comers, both Soldier and civilian.

After the show, the same cast and crew have the responsibility to break-down and load-out for the next show.

This crew was selected not only for their ability to perform solo, but also their ability to entertain with musical instruments, work in ensemble dance numbers and inspire an audience from the stage.

This year's production, "Stand Strong," explores the foundational elements of what instills the strength and character of our Soldiers and our Army, according to Tim Higdon, U.S. Army Entertainment producer and program manager.

As in the past, the cast and crew are selected to exemplify the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.

"The 2014 show will also honor the Army's continued resilience and strength with its mission to effectively inform, educate and inspire our audiences to action," said Higdon.

Army Entertainment is the official agency for producing and delivering diverse musical, unit entertainment activities, special events, touring shows, talent competitions and theater entertainment to Soldiers, Families, civilians and retirees at home and abroad. All entertainment operations are headquartered at Fort Sam Houston Theatre, including the Soldier Show as well as Operation Rising Star and the Army Concert Series.

Find out more about the U.S. Army Soldier Show and the entire tour schedule at http://www.armymwr.com/recleisure/entertainment/soldiershow/. For information about the U.S. Army Entertainment activities, go to http://www.ArmyEntertainment.net.