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“Raise a glass to freedom, something they can never take away”

“Raise a glass to freedom, something they can never take away” – Lin-Manuel Miranda “The Story of Tonight” from Hamilton: An American Musical

Nothing more approriate than to post about Hamilton: The American Musical on this the 4th of July 2018.

It’s rainy here in Houston so many of the festivities are either on hold or canceled for the day. It’s all good, sometimes the rain is welcome when it’s been 95 degrees for weeks. A break isn’t always a bad thing. It gives me time to catch up – and catch you up.

In late May, I photographed the cast of Hamilton (Angelica Tour) – you might have seen me post about it (I was kinda of excited).  I am a huge fan of this show and the idea that a musical can entertain, educate, inspire and remind is nothing short of impressive. The show reminds us of just how very lucky we are to live in the United States of America and how even an orphan immigrant can rise up and change the world.

I saw a sign yesterday that said “Party like it’s 1776” and it made me laugh. I am sure many people will take a photo by it and post it on Instagram, but if you really think about it, in 1776 people were sacrificing and dying so future generations could enjoy freedom. It was not a party! We are so in the debt of those who fought and died for our freedom back then and those who continue to do that today.

So today, I wanted to share some photos of this amazing cast – who are not only insanely talented, but who are also gracious, kind, fun people – that make our country so great. This diverse cast is representative of America today and I am proud to have worked with them. This post is dedicated to all that fight for our freedom. THANK YOU! <3