by Kristy Cates
When Seth Rudetsky, our glorious music director, reached out to taking a bus to Washington DC with a huge group of Broadway singers, I knew I had to take part. So many of us, at least I do, spend our days with a giant ball of emotions swirling inside of us - as a result of our current political climate. I feel this way less for myself as Kristy the performer/teacher and more for myself as Kristy the mom. When I can do something, especially something positive like a peaceful protest through song, I feel like I am called to do it.
So here I am on a bus chartered by Rosie O'Donnell, with the likes of Chris Seiber, Bonnie Mulligan, Richard Kind, Marty Thomas, Liz Larsen and even Rosie herself. headed to sing our hearts out in peaceful protest outside the current home of DJT (who is, of course, on vacation). It’s so crazy because my last bus trip to DC was in 2015 with some of my castmates from Finding Neverland. We were invited to sing inside that time as part of Broadway at The White House. What a difference three years can make.
Our group is part of the 22nd consecutive night of peaceful protests outside the White House. The Kremlin Annex was started after the Helsinki Summit by Adam Parkhomenko: “Our ongoing anti-Trump protests at the Kremlin Annex (formerly known as the White House) first started on July 16 in response to Donald Trump's total capitulation to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Helsinki Summit.” We are singing songs such as "America The Beautiful,"" Everybody Rejoice" and "Do You Hear The People Sing?".
So what am I protesting? I think we are all here for different yet complimentary reasons. So many haters like to say, “Shut up about politics and stick to singing”. Well guess what? We can do both at once. Our voices are powerful. Our hearts want inclusiveness and for all Americans to feel safe and important. No matter what your color, race or gender identity, you are valuable to this world. You matter.