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Page Cover Photo #1 v2.jpg    The U.S. Army Installation Management Command (IMCOM) Europe Entertainment Program is part the U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program.

    For over 70 years, U.S. Army Entertainment has offered U.S. Service Members, Civilians and their Families opportunities to participate in and enjoy high-quality music and theater programs while serving overseas.

    Seven Army Europe Entertainment programs operate at U.S. Army Garrisons in Germany, Italy and Belgium. The program also supports and assists Army, Air Force and Navy theater groups in Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the U.K.

    Army Europe Entertainment programs in Europe function as Community Theaters, offering complete seasons of comedies, dramas, musicals, special events and classes for all ages.      

   The programs also support Soldiers, Civilians and Family members with unique programs such as Anti-Bullying Workshops for community youth; Life Skills Workshops for the Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers (BOSS) Program; and partnership programs with community libraries.

    Army Europe Entertainment programs are operated by one or two professional theater staff members supported by Soldiers, Civilians, Family Members, Retirees, Civilians and Local National Citizen volunteers. Army Entertainment is the only MWR program that relies on a volunteer work force to operate.

    Each year over 2,000 volunteers provide over 300,000 man hours putting on live shows and entertainment events in their European Garrison communities. They serve as actors, directors, designers, choreographers, technicians, costumers, stage hands, painters, builders, ushers and more. This volunteerism and community support equates to over $4 million a year given to European military communities.

Follow the links below for more information.

LATEST NEWS AND UPDATES!
20 May 2021: We regret to announce, due to ongoing pandemic restrictions in Europe, the 2021 TOPPERs Awards have been cancelled. The 61st TOPPERs Awards will be celebrated at the 2022 TOPPERs Awards. Tournament adjudication will begin in February, 2022, with TOPPERs Awards presented in a live, musical event in April, 2022. Please check back for more news and updates.
 
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27 April 2021: Great news! Covid 19 restriction have changed
and  The Stuttgart TheJerry's Girls.jpgatre Center is now able to holding auditions and rehearsals for their next production! Live and onstage, its Jerry's Girls. Read more about it HERE. 
 
 
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23 April 2021: The Vicenza, Italy Military Community is celebrating the ​​​​​​extraordinary contributions of the volunteers at Vicenza's Soldiers' Theatre. Read more about their awards and their exceptional support of the Soldiers' Theatre and their community HERE. 
 
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22 April 2021:  Congratulations for KMC Onstage volunteer, Cheryl Navo on being invited to be part of the American Association of Community Theater AACTFest 2021 "Playwrights' Pitch Room."
      Cheryl's script Tight Stitches is one of 13 new, unpublished full-length plays from playwrights across the US selected for an invitational new play forum. 
      Each playwright will pitch their unpublished play to theatrical producers, industry professionals and script publishers in a two-minute video. Producers and publishers will then have the option of bidding on these new plays.
      Good luck, Cheryl, and we hope Tight Stitches is picked up, published and produced.
 
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16 April 2021:  Congratulations to ten Volunteers from Vicenza's Soldiers' Theater for being recognized nationally and in their communities. Their generous volunteerism at the Soldiers' Theater is being honored during National Volunteer Appreciation Week.
 
       The following invaluable Soldiers' Theater volunteers are 2021 President Award Recipients and will receive Volunteer Service Award pins and certificates signed by the President of the United States.
 
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Marissa E. Blake
Johnniecia Corwise
Memphis Diana Jones
Michael Leahy
Alicia Mangers
Alphonso Ortiz
SGT Martin Julio Sinlao
Chance Wilson
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Grace Yeuell
 
 
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were also recognized by the USAG Italy/Vicenza Community for more than 500 hours of volunteer service.
 
 
 
 
 
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Alicia Mangers was also named the Civilian Spouse Volunteer of the Year in the USAG Italy/Vicenza Community.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
        Congratulations to these outstanding US Army Europe Entertainment volunteers and thank you for your support of the Soldiers' Theater.
 
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28 March 2021:  After being part of US Army Europe Entertainment, many participants go on to full careers or lifelong advocations in the performing arts. Two Roadside Theater participants have continued their passion for performing.

       Constance Howard, recently performed in the Lincoln (NE) Community Playhouse production of the radio drama, "The Whistler." Listen HERE.

        Ellis Hamilton, recently graduated from Berklee School of Music (Boston), just scored his first movie. You can see it HERE 

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4 Feb. 2021:    Star Quest Talent Showcase - a new Army Europe Entertainment program.

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8 Dec. 2020: The 60th annual US Army IMCOM Europe Entertainment Tournament of Plays (TOPPERs) will be presented in a virtual presentation online on 19 Dec. 2020. More information is available HERE. 

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11 Oct. 2020: The 2020 US Army One Act Play Festival and YouthFest was held at KMC Onstage in Kaiserslautern, Germany. The complete list of awards and photos can be found HERE.

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21 Sept. 2020: Vicenza's Soldiers' Theatre was one of the first Army Entertainment programs to recover from Covid restrictions and serve their community in a creative and safe way. Read the Army.mil article here. Congratulations to the cast, crew and staff on your creativity and community service.

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21 May 2020: The American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) just announced the 2020 AACT National Recognition Awards. US Army Europe Entertainment (AACT Region X) was honored with four awards for staff and volunteers. See them here.

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20 May 2020: New photos from the first 1995 US Army One Act Play Festival have been discovered and loaded in our US Army Historic Photo Gallery.

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12 May 2020: In response to the global Covid crises, Army Entertainment programs have expanded their community service with increased online Entertainment programming. Check out free dance, music, dramaturge and youth workshops, including on-camera acting workshops with professional Los Angeles actors. All links can be found at the Army Entertainment LIVE! Facebook page.

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13 April 2020: The Ansbach Terrace Playhouse and the Theatrix Costume Staff reached out to their community in a creative way to promote physical distancing as featured on the Ansbach Community Facebook page.

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9 April 2020: Hundreds of historic Army Entertainment program photos have been added to the Entertainment History Photo Album. Check them out.

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7 April 2020: SGT Terry Schappert started his theatrical experience with the Stuttgart Theatre Center. He has gone on to a long career on stage, TV and film including his own show on the History Channel.  

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2 April 2020: Army Entertainment programs continue to serve their communities and volunteers with on-line rehearsals, workshops, classes and events. Check the Army Entertainment Facebook page, the Army Entertainment LIVE! Facebook page or the links to each theatre under "Army Entertainment Events & Theatres" above.

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13 Mar 2020: Due to the Corona virus health crisis, the 2020 US Army Tournament of Plays (TOPPERs) have been postponed. The annual awards will be presented at a future date to be announced. Find the latest news and updates on the 2020 TOPPERs MWR Page.

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5 Nov 2019: Congratulations to Stuttgart Entertainment Director, Alan Buxkemper, for 30 years of outstanding community service. View the USAG Stuttgart Garrison video celebrating his ongoing devotion and professionalism.

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28 Oct 2019: Army Entertainment is featured in the Nov/Dec 2019 Issue of AACT's Newsletter "Spotlight."

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24 Aug 2018: SGT Mason Brown, USAG Bavaria, explains what the Army Entertainment mission means to Soldiers stationed overseas in his blog, "SGT. Theater Geek."

 
For more information, contact:
Dane Winters - IMCOM Europe Army Entertainment Program Manager
Bldg 151. Room 143. Sembach Kaserne
Kaiserslautern, Germany
DSN: (314)544-9656