Soldier Show at Fort Gordon this weekend

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An Army tradition of the past two decades comes to Fort Gordon Saturday and Sunday with a “high-energy” production of the U.S. Army Soldier Show.

Staff Sgt. Cornelius Whitaker (right) delivers a rendition of "Devil Went Down to Georgia" by Charlie Daniels at Fort Belvoir during the U.S. Army Soldier Show.  Evan Dyson, FMWRC Public Affairs/U.S. Army
Evan Dyson, FMWRC Public Affairs/U.S. Army
Staff Sgt. Cornelius Whitaker (right) delivers a rendition of "Devil Went Down to Georgia" by Charlie Daniels at Fort Belvoir during the U.S. Army Soldier Show.

The free 90-minute musical production is a showcase of the talents of hand-picked soldiers from around the country with abilities in singing, performance and dance.

“There’s never a dull moment or place in the show that lags,” said Steve Walpert, the entertainment director for Fort Gordon.

This year’s carnival theme takes the audience to the boardwalk, county fair, circus and fun house around the world. Walpert said the show includes “fantastic costumes and Las Vegas-style lighting and scenery.”

The cast and crew rehearse for six weeks at Fort Belvoir, Va., learning as many as 40 songs in such genres as country, gospel, R&B, rock and soul, in addition to the choreography. Their work requirements also include learning how to dismantle and set up 18 tons of equipment at each stop on the tour. The show tours for eight months.

If you go

What: U.S. Army Soldier Show
When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23 (arrive hour
early); performances for soldiers will be at 1 p.m. both days
Where: Alexander Hall on Chamberlain Avenue, Fort Gordon
Details: Free; (706) 793-8552; photo ID required for ages 16 and older to enter Fort Gordon; drivers must show proof of insurance and vehicle registration

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