UPDATE: Watch the live flash mob video from July 4.
First came Nelson Pressley’s in-depth article on theatre makers as activists in Sunday’s Washington Post. Now comes this call to take theatrical activism to the streets. Americans Take Action is coordinating a flash mob to sing the most famous theatrical protest song in musical theatre history, “Do You Hear the People Sing?” from Les Misèrables. It will happen outside the White House at noon on July 4 (details below) and all are welcome to join in.
First announced on Facebook, the organizers wrote: “It’s a reminder to Mr. Trump that every day the resistance grows stronger, and the people of the United States demand his impeachment.” Bring your friends and family to show the Trump regime that we reject his reckless incompetence, his treasonous collusion with Russia, and heartless attempt to kick 23 million people off their health care. Join us to show your support for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, government of, for and by the people, and show tunes! #RESIST”
12:00: Gather in Lafayette park to receive props and flags
12:30: Flash mob begins at the White House
1:30: Flash mob is finished, enjoy your Independence Day!
Here’s the chorus:
Do you hear the people sing?
Singing the songs of angry men?
It is the music of the people
Who will not be slaves again!
When the beating of your heart
Echoes the beating of the drums
There is a life about to start
When tomorrow comes!
Like the idea of lending your voice to future singing flash mobs? Let them know at Sing In Solidarity