Vindicator Republican E.lh..,illa. Iowa
JUN 2 31944
Two Hour Variety Show To Be Presented July 6 Pun-Packed Review Free In Showing Here
Plans are "ow complete (or the coming of the Army Ait Force* famous stage show, the Air WAC-* to the high school in Es-therville next Thursday night. July 6th. Sponsored by the Chamber ol Commerce, the pre*, cntation, with a cut of 30 form-professionals of stage, screen, and radio and a 12-piece Orchec tu will l>e free to the public. Doors will be open at 7:30 p.m. and it will be first come first seated.
Commanded by Lt. Robert E. Hixon. tall young pilot of one of the AAF'S giant Liberators in the first 13 months of the war against the Japs in the southwest Pacific, and boasting on-, of the nation's top awing orchestras, this it the same show and cast which has smashed attendance records in *e-Ten slates and in over 300 civilian performance'.
Featured instrumentalists arc young. Detroit born Bobby Stevn-son, chosen by Tommy Dorsey as one of the five greatest hot pianos of America: Cpl. Jerry Ziering, the Harry James of the AAF who blows the hottest trumpet this side of heaven; and Cpl. Ernie Felice, not only composer and arranger for some of the country's best band?, but a master of the swing accordion.
Lovers of sweet muiic are not forgotten by the Air-WACaravan, Thursday night they can thrill to the singing of the "Army Air For-ces own Sinatra" handsome young Cpl. Tony Costello.
The AIR-WACaravan's 12-act* find (plenty of room for laughs with such fine professional talent as Cpls Fred Way. Lew Slavia. Dickie Cohen, Whit Henry and Stan Greenspan.
And there are moments of pur farce when "The Rookies" take th stage. It is a re.enactmcnt of th first day in an AAF basic train ing center of three very raw re cruits and their equally tough ser gcant. It is a side-splitting tei minutes guaranteed to make an; audience forget all its persona troubles. Even hardened GI'c thinl iit's a riot.
The AtrWACaravan finds it: musical climax in the singing am guitar of an internationally knowi atar, Cpl. Alberto Gutierrei Mexican-born, Cul. Gutierrez is a veteran of movies with Jeaneltt MacDonald and Kelson Eddy, ra. dio performances with Xavier Cu-gat and Andre Kostclancta. and concert stages of Europe. South American. Mexico and the U.S. He is the center of a brilliant rhumba orchestra combination that is one of the highlights of the whole show.
High moment for drama in the Afr-WACaravan's two hours is the recounting, by Lt. Hixon of his combat experience as he fought in the skies over the southwest Pacific in the days when the U.S. was badly outnumbered but neber outfought. .
The Air-WACaravan's closing notes are an intensely moving appeal to all Americans that come* with special fitness after the recent observation of Memorial Day and the progress of the Fifth War Loan Drive.
Specially interesting to women in the audience Thursday night will be an added feature, the giving away of a $25 war bond, donated to the Alr-WACaravan by the Chamber of Commerce, during the show. Any women in the audience may win it.
The AinWACaravan', tour in Iowa which opened in Dcs Moines with crowds of more than 300 over capacity of the Shrine auditor, ium cacti night, will appear in 33 other cities in (his (late before moving east. It will appear in. Spencer on Wednesday night preceding the performance here, and on Friday and Saturday respectively in Sioux Falls S D. and Sioux City.
This aggregation of the fines', professional talent in the AAF La being made available to civilian audiences, free of all admission charges, by Major Gen. John F. Curry, commanding general of the AAFWTTC. in the interest of recruiting women, urgently needed in the Women's Army Corps to] serve with the Army Air Forces as Air Wacs.
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