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Jersey Guard medic brings big voice to Soldier Show


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New Jersey Army National Guard Pfc. Melind a Douglas, of Salem, N.J., will take the Timmermann Center stage at Friday, 7:30 p.m., with fellow cast members comprised of active-duty and Reserve component Soldiers from around the U.S. and overseas assignments.

Soldier Show cast

The Soldier Show is coming to the ASA-Dix Timmermann Center, Friday, 7:30 p.m. and is open to DoD Common Access Cardholders. For New Jersey Army National Guard Pfc. Melind a Douglas, of Salem, N.J.,, the performance marks a homecoming.

Pfc. Melinda Douglas
Soldier Show performance outdoors

This year’s annual Army Morale Welfare and Recreation sponsored touring entertainment program theme is “Stand Strong” and includes live Broadway style performances depicting the lives, strengths and character of Soldiers and their families.

Douglas, a health care specialist with the Army National Guard’s Medical Command and a 2000 Park Bible Academy, Pennsville, N.J., graduate, said last week she is looking forward to returning to New Jersey.

“The Army’s Soldier Show combines the two things I love the most -- singing and being in the military,” she said. Williams first came in contact with the Army Soldier Show last year when she was attending advanced individual training at Fort Same Houston, Texas. When she watched the show despite being far from home and family, she felt the need to keep pursuing her love of music.

So the Soldier, who performed at her local church and her high school’s chorus, band and drama club, began to investigate the possibility of joining up with the prestigious troupe. As a result of a family having a fondness for karaoke, she linked up with her father and she submitted Pink’s song titled “Perfect” and 4 Non Blondes’ “What’s Up” to fulfill some of the online audition requirements.

Being a part of the group isn’t just about performing; the entire cast also has the responsibility of helping set up and tear down for each show.

“Setting up and tearing down for each show is a good thing and it motivates you for the show. It is also a learning experience taking the show from the ground up to the performance,” Douglas said.

By the time the cast and crew of more than 20Soldiers arrive at the joint base, they will have already performed 10 shows since starting the road trip April 18 Joint Base San Antonio - Fort Sam Houston April 18.

Douglas said she is looking forward to the homecoming performance since her family will be able to see her, as well as her fiancé.

“I love what I’m doing and everyone who has the chance should come out and see the show," she said

The event is opened to all DoD personnel and are encouraged to get to the Timmermann Center no later than 6:30 p.m.

Army personnel interested in becomong a member of the Soldier Show team can visit http://www.armymwr.com/recleisure/entertainment/experience_army_entertainment.aspx for details.

Find out more about the U.S. Army Soldier Show and the entire tour schedule at http://www.armymwr.com/recleisure/entertainment/soldiershow/.

The 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 in San Antonio, including the Soldier Show as well as Operation Rising Star and the Army Concert Series.