A Higher Ground

Quick Facts

  • Run Time: 1 hr, 50 min
  • Cast Size: 20-85
  • Age Range: 10-18
  • # of Songs: 12
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"It was a pleasure to work on a contemporary Jewish Musical such as THE ROLE MODEL. The music is great and the kids are learning about Jewish history in a fun, creative way. There is such a need for this type of theater and I am delighted to have discovered Cara Freedman's work!"

-- Sasha Nanus

Director of New York Jewish Teen Theater, Jewish Community Center on the Upper West Side, New York
"Out children loved being in THE TOWER! As a non-Jewish institution, the script of THE TOWER was easily adaptable and the message of working together and overcoming our differences remained the same! Thank you!"

-- Dana DiChiara

Director, Town and Gown Theatre, Birmingham Alabama

Academy On Stage, San Diego Jewish Academy's Performing Arts Department. A Higher Ground: Written, Composed and Directed by Cara Freedman. Copyright 2004

About "A Higher Ground"

An exciting musical based on lessons from the prophets and PIRKE AVOT, the wisdom of our ancestors, this show ultimately teaches each of us how to listen to our "still small voice". Set on a Jr. High school campus, four very different students campaign to become the next class president... but their campaigns aren't entirely ethical, and they fall into gossip, peer pressure, vanity, and laziness. With all of these problems, the school ground actually begins to sink, until a mystical visitor appears out of a magical, smoke-filled tunnel on campus. With the visitor's help, the candidates search for solutions to their everyday struggles using lessons from the past, and learn to reach for A HIGHER GROUND.


  • This play has a wide variety of scenes, including a school campaign and election, a small village at the turn of the century, a construction work area, and Maccabia games basketball training camp.
  • *Sample playbill not available