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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"Your plays are great and the music you create is exceptional. I hope you continue to write many more musicals for the Jewish community in the U.S."

-- Nili Kosmal

Director of the Drama, Dance, Music, and Visual Arts division, Temple Emanu-El, Beverly Hills, California
"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

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!