When I heard that the U.S. Army was putting on a theatrical performance, I was excited. The first thing that popped into my head – after the blazing stars and stripes – was an episode of one my favorite radio programs This American Life. This particular episode was about Fort Bragg, America’s “waiting room for war,” during the George H. W. Bush Administration. The base was in low spirits during the war on Iraq and resorted to theater to up morale. I won’t spoil the rest, but I recommend you give it a listen here.
The entire lower section of the Tobin Center was reserved for the men and women who serve our country during the sold-out U.S. Army Soldier Show. Many were bussed in from nearby Military bases, all were in high spirits and ready to be entertained. The annual performance, this time based on the theme “We Serve,” featured song and dance routines by a cast of extremely talented soldiers that brought everything from fast-paced dancing, rapping, and heartfelt solo performances to the stage. Skits about subject that soldiers could relate to – like waking up up early for PT –was just one of the highlights that brought laughter and applause.
To say that I was impressed by the performance would be an understatement, every pitch was in tune and every turn of foot was well choreographed.
The troop will now travel abroad to perform for garrisons in Italy, Germany, and South Korea and return to the U.S. for shows in Alaska and Hawaii.