Swingtime Canteen on stage in Lander Tuesday evening in free performance

(Lander, Wyo.) – As an end-of-season treat, the Lander Community Concert Association invites the public to a special Tuesday, June 24th performance of Swingtime Canteen, a fast-paced homage to the great swing hits of the 1940s.  This concert is free, there is no admission charge, but donations are welcome.   In a news release, the association suggested family and friends could join the fun and dress in 1940s period costume and dance in the aisles. Period attire is not required.

The performers are from the University of Wyoming. The free concert is planned at the Lander Valley High School auditorium at 7:00 p.. on Tuesday June 24th.

Here is an explanation of the concert:

It’s London, 1944.  Join MGM star Marian Ames and her all-girl band from the Hollywood Canteen for the rip-roaringest canteen show of them all.  Get ready for a memorable night as these five archetypal film women from the 1940?s prove their mettle while they sing over 30 vintage classics from the war years.  Laughs, tears, emotional fireworks, air raids and a celebration of women during the war punctuate this hilarious and heart warming story.  Songs include: “Don’t Fence Me In,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” “Sing Sing Sing,” “How High the Moon,” “I Don’t Want to Walk without You,” “A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square,” “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive,” “Sentimental Journey,” “Apple Blossom Time”, as well as a fast paced, 12-song Andrews Sisters medley and many more.

SPONSOR’S NOTE: Swingtime Canteen is based on a real event that took place on Christmas Day 1942. On that day Coca-Cola sponsored an 11 hour marathon radio program that broadcast live programming from 43 separate army and navy bases. In the show, the band from the Hollywood Canteen has arrived in London to take part in this broadcast.

Provided by Lander Community Concert Association