The company of 1776 sang the National Anthem at the Angel City Football Club game against Seattle’s Ol Reign on April 19th.
For two company members, the game was particularly exciting. Sav Souza and Sara Gallo both grew up loving soccer. Souza played soccer along with their sister for the Barcelona League in Arizona, which fostered a sense of camaraderie. “I have distinct memories of getting really frustrated with her, but that was our thing—we had each other’s backs and if anyone tried to mess with me, she would come [to my side],” they said.
Gallo’s friends played soccer and brought her along into the world of sports. After seeing the 2010 Men’s World Cup in Germany, that “changed the game” for her. Now, watching soccer reminds her of home. “I have such fond memories of being at the beach in New Jersey, watching the World Cup in our bathing suits eating pancakes—it reminds me of all of my best friends,” she said.
Gallo also feels the mission of both the soccer team and the production of 1776 have aligned missions to uplift marginalized communities.
“It was incredibly special to have the cast of 1776 perform the National Anthem at our match,” said Co-Founder and President of Angel City Football Club Julie Uhrman. “Angel City was founded on equity and inclusivity, and having such a diverse cast sing in front of our fans was meaningful to all of us. On a personal note, I love musicals and was thrilled to host them. They are welcome back any time.”