March 27, 2008

Star-Spangled Girls shine in Sandston

By Capt. Dayna Rowden
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

SANDSTON, Va. — The Touring Theatre Ensemble of North Carolina treated the Virginia National Guard to a performance at the Henrico Theater March 27 that highlighted the contributions made by women during World War II.

Star-Spangled Girls was a production, commissioned by the University of North Carolina Greensboro Jackson Library, presenting five actresses speaking about enlistment, basic training, service at home, service abroad and the impact of military service on their lives.

The experiences of more than 30 women veterans of World War II were drawn from archival material held at the Women’s Veterans Historical Collection at the Jackson Library.  Letters, journals, interviews and music from the era inspired the playwrights to write this piece that honors the contributions made by women veterans.

“I get goose bumps after every performance,” said Laurine Concutelli, one of the actresses from the show, “It is such an honor to represent these women. I’m so proud to be able to do this.”

The Virginia National Guard hosted the event that was free to the public.

“In 1973, the first women joined the Virginia Air National Guard to serve as nurse,” said Maj. Gen. Robert B. Newman, Jr., Adjutant General of the Virginia National Guard. “Despite our late start, we now have women who have served as generals and as brigade commanders.  Women have the desire and the capability to serve Virginia.”

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