Cast & crew selected for "We Serve" soldier show

Cast & crew selected for "We Serve" soldier show

by Tim Hipps

SAN ANTONIO (Feb. 18, 2015) -- Following a St. Valentine's Saturday matinee of live auditions at the historic Fort Sam Houston Theatre, 18 Soldier-performers, four technicians, three production assistants and two drivers made the cut for the 2015 U.S. Army Soldier Show.

The "We Serve" tour will deliver song-and-dance entertainment for 63 performances at 38 venues, including an Army birthday week performance June 9 at Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., and the Army Birthday Ball June 13 at the Washington Hilton Hotel.

The troops also will perform at select U.S. Army garrisons in Europe, Korea and the Pacific.

Three of the Soldier-performers represent Fort Hood, Texas: Spc. Tierra Kirts of Pineville, Lousiana; Spc. Brandel Diggs of Houma, Louisiana; and Pfc. Jovan Maires of Dallas. Two came from Fort Campbell, Kentucky: Spc. Princess Threatt of Atlanta, and Pfc. Brianna Walker of Wakeman, Ohio.

Fort Bragg, North Carolina, is represented by dancer Spc. Donzje Brown of Washington, D.C., and Spc. Phillip Morris of Centennial, Colorado

First Lt. Derrick Bishop of Columbia, South Carolina, comes from Fort Irwin, California. Sgt. Janelle Edwards of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, represents Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Sgt. Darrius Riggins of Augusta, Georgia, comes from Fort Gordon, Georgia.

Houston native Pfc. Elise Baldwin represents Fort Polk, Louisiana. Pfc. Gahungu Guy came all the way from Burundi, East Africa, via Fort Drum, New York.

Pfc. Eric Pendleton of Hobart, Indiana, only had to travel across Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to find the home of Army Entertainment, a U.S. Army Installation Management Command program. Detroit native Pfc. Damone Woods represents Fort Richardson, Alaska.

Three performers came from the National Guard: Kentucky Army National Guard 1st Lt. William Bland of Louisville, Louisiana Army National Guard Sgt. Neasha Powell of Shreveport, and 2010 Soldier Show dancer and Idaho Army National Guard Sgt. Andrew Enriquez of Coeur d'Alene. Florida Army Reserve Sgt. Kaara Dunkley of Tampa completes the cast.

The technicians are Texas Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Patrocino Salas, Washington Army National Guard Sgt. Julando Samson, Spc. Dominique Carter of Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and Pfc. Austin West of Fort Riley, Kansas.

Spc. Tony Brown of Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Spc. Caroline Listul of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and Spc. Bryan McNeill of Fort Campbell, Kentucky, will serve as production assistants. Sgt. Jose Magana of Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and South Carolina Army National Guard Sgt. Megan Garrett will provide transportation.

The tour opener is scheduled for April 17 at the Fort Sam Houston Theatre.

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