A semi-daily chronicle of my life as a musician, a family man, and a citizen of Oregon.

Feb 19, 2008

Andrew's School Play

Andrew's School Play was last week.  Their music teacher is a gentlemen named Ralph Nelson who is absolutely amazing.  Mr. Nelson writes the plays, which are informative histories loaded with great, witty laughs and interesting songs, many that Mr. Nelson wrote.  Andrew is truly lucky to have him as a teacher.

This year's play was "Ring the Bells of Freedom" and centered around American history.  One of the things that I really appreciate about the plays is that they acknowledge some of the more confusing and disturbing parts of history.  For instance, he does a great job of acknowledging slavery, or the impact of Europeans on the Native Americans.

Andrew played the role of Alexander Hamilton.  He also had a solo verse of "Swing Low Sweet Chariot" and recited the last stanza of Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" speech - which was incredible.  He really sold it.

Andrew saying "hi"

Alexander Hamilton looking after the rights of New York

"Swing Low Sweet Chariot"

The Grand Finale


Anonymous said...

Wow I wish our schools were as good as Oregon's.. Our kids are doing nothing like that. We have a brand new music teacher. Her Christmas concert was a mess. The whole school came on the same night. Not room to move. New Principal too. Thank goodness they will probably being going to Vivian next year. Chris is still in Special Ed. Temper Tantrums have improved. Not as many they get further and further apart. He is a little behind. But not much. Hope everyone is fine. I have been sick thought I was over it. But it came back last night. Rough stuff. I get fitted for a brace Thurs so I will be able to walk without my cane. Yea Hope it works.

Anonymous said...

That's so awesome!!!!I love Andrew & Brianna!!! I can't wait to see the taped version! =0) -Annie-

Aaron said...

Did Andrew (as Hamilton) have to duel with Aaron Burr?

[As a kid, I used to tell people that my parents had named me after Burr, "just 'cause he shot that no-count Federalist Hamilton."]