"A private, non-profit organization that provides morale and recreational services to members of the US Military and their families" - barely more than a dozen words to describe an iconic institution that has brought joy and comfort to millions. That's the USO, the United Service Organizations, which began its journey in 1941 in the early years of WWII. Still strong today, the USO does so much more than entertain; yet it is this aspect of its existence that is the most remembered.

This November, to honor veterans of every war and the USO who serves both active and retired military and their families, Mason Players is proud to present Sentimental Journey: A Salute to the USO. MCP will take audiences back to the beginning, when neighborhood cantinas provided a place for servicemen and women to dance and mingle, enjoying the sounds of "big bands," laughing at the antics of local comedians, and sometimes being treated to performances by the famous ... the Andrew Sisters, Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, and Bob Hope.

From their beginnings stateside, the USO Entertainment wing traveled throughout the world bringing a piece of home to those deployed; and they continue to do just that. Sure the famous traveled, but from 1941 to 1947 alone more than 7,000 performers traveled on behalf of the USO, many whose talents were not known beyond their small town or their neighboring county.

MCP will salute the work of the USO in a special revue created by Directors Perry Gary and Ann Sullivan. Musicians will perform the big band sounds live. Dancers will bring back swing dance and tap dancing. Vocalists will croon and recreate the harmonies of a by-gone time. The audience will be treated to the look and feel of a USO Cantina and its denizens. It's time to take a trip down memory lane or go visit a time before you knew the world.

Sentimental Journey will be performed November 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 8:00 PM and November 11 and 18 at 2:00 PM at Theatre 42, 2752 S US Route 42, Lebanon, OH 45036.

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Live the dream ... with the Greatest Generation!