In The Heights!
Laredo Theater Guild International
"In The Heights tells a universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood – a place where the coffee from the
For this production of In The Heights, I was so fortunate to work alongside some of the most incredible and talented actors and actresses that I
corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open and the breeze carries the music of three generations of music. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams, and pressures, where the biggest struggles are deciding what traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In The Heights won the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical,
Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestration." - Taken from the Laredo Theater Guild International Website
have ever met. I worked as an assistant to the production heads and was tasked with duties ranging from production design and build, costume and set change that occurred during every performance, to even marketing the event to other community members. My time with Laredo Theater Guild taught me the importance
of teamwork and communication. A production such as the one that we put one was incredibly challenging yet rewarding.
Drum Corps international
photography by Chandler Faith
Drum Corps has played an integral part in who I have become as a creative and how I chose to see myself in a world surrounded by those who also want a chance to aspire greatly and reach their goals without compromising other ambitions.
For those that do not know what Drum Corps International is, the way many choose to describe it is the "Major Leagues" of marching band. I have been a fan of DCI since I joined high school marching band in the summer of 2014. It was a dream of mine to be able to join a group of performers that essentially play the role of actor, musician, and dancer in enormous productions set on the largest stages possible- football stadiums.
In 2019, I decided that I would try out for The Crossmen, a drum corps that the assistant band director and my mentor had marched back in the early 2000's. Marching there would have been a tremendous accomplishment knowing that he was the one to really introduce me to this world of the marching arts. Fortunately enough, I auditioned and received a contract and was able to join The Crossmen on a summer of touring across the country and competing with other World Class organizations.
My time with The Crossmen as a member ended in August at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indiana, Indianapolis where the DCI Championships took place. I could go on and on about the long 14 hour rehearsal days, bus life, and trying to find sleep wherever you could, but ultimately it was an unforgettable experience that I will treasure forever. My dream is to stay involved with the activity by joining a media team as a Corps' photographer or videographer.