We Are Your Song America (A story of Ellis Island)

Quick Facts

  • Run Time: 1 hr, 30 min
  • Cast Size: 20-85
  • Age Range: 8-18
  • # of Songs: 12
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"We have produced The Role Model, The Tower, Happily Ever Now and A Higher Ground. Cara Freedman's shows are some of the best teaching vehicles I know. The music is terrific and the kids love performing the shows. No one really realizes how much they have learned until the shows are over. From working on Cara's Shows as their entry to involvement at Temple, many adults have gone on to sit on or chair other Beth Am committees and projects. What an impact!"

-- Cantor Kay Greenwald

Congregation Beth Am, Palo Alto California
"Our children still talk about how much they enjoyed putting on A SYMBOL OF CHANUKAH. Our Temple thoroughly enjoyed Cara Freedman's Production!"

-- Cantor Rebecca Garfein

Riverdale Temple, Bronx, New York

About "We Are Your Song America (A story of Ellis Island)"

This play brings to life the personal history of every participant -- be they in the cast, behind the scenes, or in the audience. The story begins with young Sara Rubin in her New York neighborhood as she tells of her family's journey from Russia to America in the early 1900's. Special effects take us directly to the Russian shtetle of her great grandmother Sura Rubinovich. This is a rare and exciting story about Jewish immigration and a dramatic look into the Ellis Island experience.

Notes:

  • For anyone interested in immigration curriculum, this is a powerful way to teach it. Cara did extensive research in 1993 before Ellis Island was reopened to the public, including receiving a personal one-on-one tour with the museum curator. This play, and the surrounding curriculum, strives to help every cast member witness their personal history as it reveals itself throughout the rehearsal process. Each person taking part in this production is strongly encouraged to research their family tree before rehearsals begin (located in the Director's handbook), and be sure to invite all grandparents!