Jonesborough Repertory Theatre presents 13th Annual 1940s USO Show
The Jonesborough Repertory Theatre is taking a trip back in time for its annual production of the 1940s USO Show. A true local favorite, the 1940s USO Show will run June 24 through July 9.
The 1940s USO Show is a family-friendly play that is like jumping inside a time machine and turning the date back to 75 years ago. Playwright and artistic director of the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre, Jennifer Schmidt created this truly patriotic play to honor local veterans during the Fourth of July. With its small-town, American charm and vintage charisma, the 1940s USO Show is a one-of-a-kind production that can only be seen at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre in Tennessee’s oldest town.
Directed and written by Jennifer Schmidt, the 1940s USO Show features patriotic, time-period costumes, singing, dancing and acting all under on the set of a live radio show broadcast from the 1940s.
“The cast performs as if they are broadcasting live across the airwaves to the men and women serving over seas as well as families at home during World War II. There is never any ‘dead time’ just like on a live radio show, so someone is always on the microphone either singing or the band is playing or the cast is doing skits and commercials,” director Jennifer Schmidt said. “The real audience that is watching the show becomes part of the actions as the studio audience. We use applause signs and on the air signs so the audience knows that they can actively participate throughout the entire radio show.”
The cast includes Heather Allen, Josh Baldwin, Janette Gaines, Madelyn Goward, Joe Gumina, Shawn Hale, Megan Knight, Lindy Ley, Jaclyn Loreal, Emily Nagy, Drew Ogle, Jennifer Schmidt, Lucas Schmidt, Jessica Shelton, Don Squibb, Sharon Squibb, Craig Thompson, Alex Vanburen and Brittany Whitson.
The 1940s USO Show runs June 24 through July 9, with extra shows during independence weekend. This year’s summer USO Show will be the last, at least for some time. Next year the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre’s famed 1940s production will be moving to the Christmas season, with Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved World War II hit, South Pacific, performing during the 2017 independence weekend.
Tickets are $16 general admission, $14 for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, visit jonesboroughtheatre.com or call the Jonesborough Visitors Center Box Office at (423)753-1010. 2016-2016 season passes are also available.