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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"Cara Freedman helped us start our Kol Ami Drama Club. WE have built our reputation on Cara Freedman Productions and look forward to more producing many more. The more we work with her songs and scripts, the more I realize what a genius she is! The parents were blown away our first year. They thought they were coming to see some kiddie show and they were treated to an intelligent evening!"

-- Dr. Bonnie Eilan

Kol Ami Drama Club Director, White Plains Jewish Community Center, 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

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!