Hawaii-bound Soldier Show is July 26 & 27

| July 20, 2012 | 0 Comments
Members of the 2012 Soldiers Show, including Schofield Barracks-based Spc. Franz Fabricante (right), 715th Millitary Intelligence Battalion., 500th MI Brigade, perform on opening night of the tour, recently, in San Antonio. The Soldier Show comes to Martinez Gym, Schofield Barracks July 26, and the Aliamanu Military Reservation Gym, July 27. (Photo by Tim Hipps | U.S. Army Installation Command)

Members of the 2012 Soldiers Show, including Schofield Barracks-based Spc. Franz Fabricante (right), 715th Millitary Intelligence Battalion., 500th MI Brigade, perform on opening night of the tour, recently, in San Antonio. The Soldier Show comes to Martinez Gym, Schofield Barracks July 26, and the Aliamanu Military Reservation Gym, July 27. (Photo by Tim Hipps | U.S. Army Installation Command)

“Most polished and prepared cast” ever to perform

Robert Dozier
U.S. Army Installation Management Command

SAN ANTONIO — Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler III and his wife, Jeanne Chandler, attended the 2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show “Army Strong” on its opening weekend at Fort Sam Houston, recently.

“I’ve seen a whole bunch of Army Soldier shows in my career, and this is without a doubt the best Soldier Show I’ve seen,” said Chandler, in an interview after the performance. “Just a positive, uplifting performance by a bunch of kids doing an absolutely amazing job.”

The 2012 U.S. Army Soldier Show is a five-month tour that will feature at least 60 shows in at least 31 venues. The entertainers will perform at Schofield Barracks, July 26, and at Aliamanu Military Reservation, July 27.

The 90-minute song-and-dance production was designed to demonstrate “Army Strong.”

“This show says that the strength of the nation is the Army, and (the) strength of the Army is the Soldier, and the strength of the Soldier is our families,” said Chandler. “That’s what makes us Army Strong. We are the best of the best, and we will continue to be in the future.”

“It’s a great show. It’s got great energy, and it’s delivering the Army message,” said Tim Higdon, production manager and producer for the show.

“It’s a great way to highlight our Soldiers and show their strengths, not only as Soldiers, but with the talents they have as people and individuals.”

“This is the most polished and prepared cast that we’ve had ever since we’ve been doing this,” said Higdon. “We’re really proud of their efforts that they’ve put in and their dedication to it. They are absolutely ready and excited to get out there on the road and start spreading the word.”

“It was my first time to see the Soldier Show. It was an amazing show; it was very touching,” said Michelle Spencer, Miss San Antonio 2012.

“My favorite song was Etta James’ ‘At Last,’” Spencer continued. “It was so romantic and showed the sweet side of the military. I didn’t know how tough it was to be away from … family. This shows the emotional side; it was really touching.”

• Upcoming Soldier Show in Hawaii Features Local Talent

The 2012 Soldier Show arrives in Hawaii and features a Schofield Barracks-based performer.

Spc. Franz Fabricante, a linguist with the 715th Military Intelligence Battalion, 500th MI Brigade, will take the stage in Hawaii with fellow performers as part of a six-month tour.

The free performances are 7 p.m., July 26, at Schofield Barracks’ Martinez Gym, and 7 p.m, July 27, at Aliamanu Military Reservation Gym.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

• 2012 Soldier Show Information

For more information on performances in Hawaii, go to the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation website:
www.himwr.com.

The full schedule for the 2012 Soldier Show, along with other Army Entertainment events this season, is listed at:
www.ArmyEntertainment.net.

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