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should be selected from the troops being serviced, if possible,
and have the following attributes:
(a) Good voice.
(b) Sense of humor.
(c) Story telling ability.
(d) Natural leader-able to handle crowds.
(e) Quick witted-able to handle new and unforeseen
happenings in a show.
20. PLANNING THE PROGRAM. a. The available talent,
facilities, and time determine the type of program to be presented.
(1) Some field operations may permit the use of buildings
where full-length variety shows may be held and also allow
troops to be in that area long enough to rehearse such type
(2) Other field operations may have limited facilities and a
constantly changing soldier personnel. In such areas, the
special service officer or technician may well present a program
in the open air by setting up Kit "B-1" and Kit "D"
under a tree or other convenient spot and by playing selected
transcriptions interspersed with appropriate remarks by an
"MC," or with personal observations or entertainment as
time allows by known talent picked from the audience.
Short-wave radio programs, where reception is good, may
also be used. Improvisation and ingenuity are often necessary.
b. Technical personnel. (1) If personnel, facilities, and
time are available, the following staff obtained from troops
serviced is desirable in order to divide the work involved
and give opportunity for self-expression to the individual
(a) General director of production.
(b) Musical director.
(c) Publicity director.
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