RMES to present ’USO Live’ at White Star

Broadcasting from somewhere in the Pacific … comes “USO Live,” a re-enactment of a World War II USO radio show for U. S. service personnel stationed in the Pacific.

Join the Ridgecrest Musical Enrichment Society at the White Star Mine Theater for this delightful family show, playing April 19, 20, 26 and 27.

Revisit the spirit of the times as the cast focuses on the sense of hope and can-do all-American outlook that helped win the war. Comedy sketches, music, songs, a couple of dance numbers and even old-fashioned commercials of the times will be presented by a talented cast, including some of the well-known Farris Family Singers.

The Big Band X-Press is featured and will add the all-important “Big Band Sound” of the times, along with several featured musical numbers.

“I wanted to capture how everyone was involved in the war effort, not just the soldiers. Maybe we need to learn some lessons from that mindset when it comes to current events,” said Writer and Performer Kevin Anderson.

“The national spirit was high and very patriotic. I admire how the people at home made sacrifices to further the war effort, as well as the sacrifices the soldiers made.”

All proceeds will benefit the Sierra Sands Unified School District’s performing arts programs. Intermission will feature a 50-50 drawing to benefit the Big Band X-Press’ scholarship program.

The cast of 14 and band of 10 will perform such favorites as “Puttin’ On The Ritz” and “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” plus a medley of military songs. Wait until you hear “God Bless America” sung by this group! All of the songs included were written in the ’40s or earlier. In addition to group numbers, there will also be duets and solos.

Tickets are available at Red Rock Books. Since this production is at the White Star Mine, seating is limited.

Anderson recommends getting your ticket early to avoid disappointment. Any unsold tickets will be available at the door.

Story First Published: 2013-04-17