All Hands on Deck!

Courtesy photo Based on Bob Hope’s 1942 USO tour to the troops in the field, The ALL HANDS ON DECK! Show is a two-act revue performed by four charismatic singer/dancer/comics and a nine-piece orchestra featuring the songs, dances and laughs that America has loved since the ‘40s. The show will perform at the Cultural Activities Center in Temple on June 17 and 18 to benefit Operation Stand Down-Central Texas and build the veteran internment fund to pay for homeless veterans' funerals.

TEMPLE — Operation Stand Down-Central Texas will present a special Father’s Day fundraising show at the Cultural Activities Center in Temple on June 17 and 18, featuring the “ALL HANDS ON DECK!” Show direct from Branson, Mo.

Created by Broadway veteran Jody Madaras, the “ALL HANDS ON DECK!” Show toured the United States for three years before settling in Branson in March 2016. Having completed just its first year in Branson, the show was recently voted the #7 Best Show, ahead of 62 others.

The “ALL HANDS ON DECK!” Show is an authentic American roadshow and radio broadcast re-creation, circa 1942, filled with heart-warming songs, tight harmonies, rousing on-air antics, classic commercials and a sing-a-long excitement, accompanied by the live nine-piece Hollywood Victory Caravan Orchestra.

Net proceeds from the show will go to help Operation Stand Down-Central Texas in its work helping homeless veterans in Central Texas and to the Veteran Internment Fund, which pays to provide a dignified, military burial to homeless and indigent veterans in the area who die with no family to claim them.

“The show just finished a one-night-stand in Pensacola, Fla., the home of Naval Aviation and just as big a veteran community as we have here,” said retired Marine Corps Lt.Col. Rich Beil, the acting executive director bringing the show to Central Texas to benefit Operation Stand Down-Central Texas and the internment fund. “They had a really large crowd show up, and it wasn’t even a benefit show like ours. The Cultural Activities Center in Temple seats only 475 — with just two performances, only 950 people in the entire Central Texas region will get to see this great, Broadway-caliber show. The tickets went on sale just two weeks ago, and 100 are already gone.”

Tickets are $40 plus tax for adults, $15 plus tax for children 17 and under. There is also a special group discount of $31 plus tax for groups of 10 or more. All seating is general admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by going to the upcoming performances page at www.cacarts.org.

Sponsorships are also available by contacting Beil at 254-499-0106.

dbryant@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7554

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