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Plant City Courier

Plant City show highlights spirit, struggle during world wars


Published:   |   Updated: November 18, 2013 at 09:34 AM

PLANT CITY - A patriotic show telling a story in song of the world’s greatest conflicts will presented Friday at the local American Legion post.

Entitled “America the Beautiful” by Star Production, the dinner theater will feature songs from all branches of the military during World Wars I and II.

Dinner will begin at 7 p.m., with a choice of two entrees and a dessert. The show will start at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per person to the show at the legion hall, 2207 W. Baker St.

“We should never forget the sacrifices made by our military,” said Al Cohen, owner and director of Star Production. He explained that his production company puts on a patriotic show every year around Veterans Day for senior citizens and veterans.

Star Production averages about three shows a year.

The show will include lively, upbeat numbers such as “This is the Army Mr. Jones,” “A Pretty Girl,” and “We Did it Before, We’ll Do it Again,” as well as songs more sober and thought provoking: “My Country ‘Tis of Thee,” “Remember Pearl Harbor,” and “We’ll Meet Again.”

Other songs being performed are meant to capture the experiences of World Wars I and II such as “The Last Time I Saw Paris,” “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” and “Stage Door Canteen.”

Cohen said they not only want to perform songs from the era but they also want to recapture the spirit of the time as the world embarked on the dangers of modern warfare.

“You’ll hear the spirit, and grit, and zest that never wavered,” Cohen said. “It’s an epic story of World War I and World War II about fighting for the freedom that we enjoy today and the heroes who fought and died so that we can enjoy that freedom.”

For more information, call Cohen at (813) 707-0788.

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