Rock Ridge Performing Arts program and the renowned West Point Alumni Glee Club have teamed up to present “Johnny Vet: Freedom Isn’t Free,” with musical compositions performed by the Rock Ridge High School choir.
It will be the first time high school students and veterans join together to make the music and story come alive onstage, according to the Glee Club.
The show takes the audience on a tour from the start of Johnny and Jane Vet’s journey with “the shot heard round the world” in 1775 to the present day era of the Global War on Terror.
Based on a book written by columnist and historian Capt. Douglas Cohn and Major Gen. Alan B. Salisbury and accompaniedby original scores and popular songs of each era, Johnny Vet explores the true nature of these veterans: who they are, where they come from, the burdens they carry on and off the battlefield, the unique burdens their families shoulder particularly while deployed, and the issues they face when it’s time to come home and take off the uniform. The show also demonstrates the contributions veterans and their families have made and continue to make to the nation in their civilian communities.
The West Point Alumni Glee Club participants are all alumni of the United States Military Academy who have been singing for veterans, service members and their families for over 12 years in the DC area.They average almost 20 years of active duty service.More than half of the singers are combat veterans.
The production benefits the work of Code of Support Foundation, which, through its programs, provides critical one-on-one assistance to service members, veterans and their families who are struggling with their transition into our civilian communities. Learn more at codeofsupport.org.
There are two performances: Friday, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. Tickets and a trailer are at wpalumnigleeclub.org.