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New Orleans - November 20, 2013
1. Tight to wide of Victory Belles performing "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" at the Stage Door Canteen, a theater at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans
2. Wide of Victory Belles dancing with audience members
3. SOUNDBITE: Forrest Villarrubia, World War II Veteran: (transcript below)
4. Med of Victory Belle Courtney Boe caressing Forrest Villarrubia as she sings to him during the show
5. SOUNDBITE: Mandi Ridgdell, Victory Belle: (transcript below)
6. Med of Victory Belles singing onstage
7. Med of Belles serenading audience member
8. Tight of Belle applying blush to cheeks
9. Wide of Victory Belles putting on makeup in front of dressing room mirror
10. Tight of Belle applying makeup
11. SOUNDBITE: Cristina Perez, Victory Belle: (transcript below)
12. Wide of Cristina Perez performing for a veteran and kissing his cheeks and forehead
13. Wide of war pics streaming on stage with Victory Belle Cristina Perez at the piano
14. Wide move of photos onstage
15. SOUNDBITE: Victoria Reed, Founder of the Victory Belles: (transcript below)
16. Med pullout of Belles dancing and singing Christmas songs
17. Wide of the Victory Belles singing "Happy Birthday" to World War II veteran Forrest Villarrubia, who served as a Marine in the Philippines in 1944 and was celebrating his 88th birthday at the museum
18. SOUNDBITE: Forrest Villarrubia, World War II Veteran:(transcript below)
19. Tracking med to wide shot of Victory Belles performing final lines of "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"
(NATS OF BOOGIE-WOOGIE BUGLE BOY)
THEY'RE A LIVING EXHIBIT AT THE NATIONAL WORLD WAR II MUSEUM IN NEW ORLEANS
LETTING THE AUDIENCE RE-LIVE THE PAST.
SOUNDBITE: Forrest Villarrubia, WWII Veteran
"I teared (laughing) bringing back many, many memories, many, many."
(NATS OF VICTORY BELLES SINGING)
SOUNDBITE: Mandi Ridgdell, Victory Belle:
"To bring that back and to remind them of those times is an incredible feeling."
KNOWN AS THE VICTORY BELLES... THE GROUP TRAVELS THE WORLD AND HAS PERFORMED AT USO SHOWS CAPTURING THE SOUNDS OF THE 1940'S...
(NATS OF VICTORY BELLES SINGING TO VETERANS)
AND THE LOOKS...
SPENDING NEARLY TWO HOURS TO ACHIEVE THE RIGHT HAIR AND MAKEUP EVERY TIME THEY TAKE THE STAGE.
SOUNDBITE: Cristina Perez, Victory Belle:
"It feels silly sometimes, putting on the lashes and the makeup and you think what am I doing and then you go out there and you see how these people connect, and the memories you bring back, and it's just so moving. It really is."
FOUNDER VICTORIA REED SAYS IT WAS IMPORTANT TO CARRY ON THE MUSIC AND TRADITIONS OF AMERICA'S GREATEST GENERATION.
SOUNDBITE: Victoria Reed, Founder:
"There were just so many beautiful love songs written back in World War II. People really knew what it meant to miss each other. The songs, the melodies were so sing-able, and the big bands, everybody danced."
ON THIS NIGHT, WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN FORREST VILLARRUBIA WAS TRANSPORTED BACK IN TIME EVEN AS HE CELEBRATED HIS 88TH BIRTHDAY.
(NATS OF VICTORY BELLES SINGING HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO VILLARRUBIA)
SOUNDBITE: Forrest Villarrubia, WWII Veteran:
"It's amazing. They're beautiful girls. I want to kiss them back too."
(NATS SINGING )
A TOUCHING WAY ... TO KEEP THE MEMORIES AND THE MUSIC OF A DWINDLING GENERATION ALIVE.
STACEY PLAISANCE, Associated Press