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likewise qualify as projectionists. For proper operation,
each kit requires the services of one projectionist and one
assistant as a minimum.
(2) All motion picture technicians should understand not
only the use and repair of the motion picture equipment
carried by the Special Service Company, but also all types
of 16-mm sound motion picture equipment used by troops.
Loss or damage of equipment overseas may necessitate use of
a different type of equipment.
e. Securing Talent. (1) General. Steps should be taken
to make certain that no man with talent or potential talent
is missed, and if time and facilities permit, questionnaires
may be circulated among the men asking those with entertaining
talent to so indicate. A verbal request for talent is
sometimes faster and more productive of immediate results.
Bulletin board notices and notices read at formation are also
effective. The first sergeant of each company can also be
helpful in securing talent. The time and place for volunteer
talent to assemble should be specified.
(2) Musicians. All potential musicians, if time allows,
should be carefully interviewed and tried out. They may
be picked for orchestras, as individual or group players, or for
(3) Singers. Ability to put over a song as well as having
a good voice is important in singers, particularly where they
serve as soloists or harmony groups rather than in choruses.
(4) Dancers. Dancers may be individual soft shoe, tap
dancers, or chorus dancers.
(5) Actors. (a) As actors may be chosen for individual
monologues, specialties, skits, or one-act plays, opportunities
for potential talent are unlimited, and the technicians should
investigate and catalog all applicants for future use.
(b) For detailed information concerning actors, attention
it directed to the "Soldier Shows Guide."
(6) Master of Ceremonies. The "MC" sets the pace for
the entire show and is vital to the success of each part. He
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