Video: PV2 Alberth Madrigal - 2013 US Army Soldier Show
Video by Nathaniel Allen
PV2 Alberth J. Madrigal Field Artillery Cannoneer Duty Station: Fort Drum, N.Y. Hometown: Summit, N.J. Soldier Show Performer PV2 Alberth Madrigal was born in Costa Rica and grew up in Summit, N.J. “I’m Hispanic, so I can dance pretty well, loosely,” he said. “My mom was an opera singer and my younger brother has an incredible voice. Me, I just really love to sing. Performing, acting-wise, I did it throughout high school.” Madrigal discovered the U.S. Army Soldier Show while at Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sill, Okla., and fast-tracked into the cast before his first anniversary of becoming a Soldier. “What sold me was Corporal [Jeremy] Gaynor’s performance of the national anthem at the very beginning of the show. I said: ‘I need to be involved in this. I cannot miss this.’” Madrigal graduated from AIT on his 20th birthday and should celebrate his 21st touring with the Soldier Show. “I hope to be 10 times better than I am now,” Madrigal said. “I know I can do it. It’s going to happen. I can honestly say that confidently.” Madrigal credits Summit High School Director of Choral Activities Wayne Mallette for his success. “He is the person who is responsible for me falling in love with music and musical theatre,” Madrigal said. “I ran into him in the hallway one day in high school and he said: ‘I know your mom. I’ve heard her perform. Can you sing?’ And I said, ‘I’ve never ever tried.’ He told me to go to the chorus room and sing something for him.” The next day, Madrigal enrolled in Mallette’s class and became one of his prodigies. Available in high definition.