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Tops in Blue to put on show in local area

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- A free performance by the Air Force's worldwide expeditionary entertainment group Tops in Blue is scheduled to take place at Cabrillo High School in Lompoc June 7 at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

This year's show, "Deja Blue" will feature performances by singers and dancers to commemorate Tops in Blues 55 years of Air Force entertainment.

"The show provides a healthy demand on each of the performers," said Capt. Alexander Ruiz, the 2007 Tops in Blue tour director.

The performers not only worked hard, but are also all hard-working Airmen.

"The Tops in Blue team is composed of active duty Air Force personnel on a permissive temporary duty assignment," according to the Tops in Blue Web site. "Team members are selected through the Air Force Talent Contest structure."

The cast and crew are well received during their nine-month tour, as the officers and enlisted Airmen perform in nearly 30 countries and perform nearly 150 shows. Vandenberg will be the group's eighth stop, according to the Web site.

Traditionally, Tops in Blue holds annual audition for those Airmen at Vandenberg who want to get involved in next year's production. The Air Force selects 35 Airmen performers from those who submit a tape and resume, and attend a 10-day permissive tour of duty to audition at Lackland AFB, Texas. Once selected, they practice mid-January through mid-April, Captain Ruiz said.

"The group is a completely self-sustaining group," he said. "We are able to set up, perform and tear down the show."

For more information about Tops in Blue, including how to audition, visit www.topsinblue.com.