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