The American Dream
Book and Music By
Photos of a recent production
Middle School to High School
(Can be adapted to include adults and/or elem. school children)
Cast Size: 30-60
Running Time: Approx. 2 hours
Also available in a shortened choral/concert
"America, open your arms to a poor wandering soul." These opening lyrics set the tone for this epic adventure. Set in 1907 (the peak immigration year), the show tracks the lives of several immigrant families and individuals as they trek to America, some escaping from tyranny, through storm and illness, in search of the American dream of liberty and prosperity.
The visions and anxieties of characters such as Irish revolutionaries, Swedish, Italian, Hungarian and West Indian families, a Russian anarchist, and a Jewish ballerina escaping pogroms, are craftily interwoven to climax in a double wedding presided over by Commissioner Watchorn at the Ellis Island kissing post. This epic show gives youngsters a sense of the joys, fears and hardships that our immigrant forefathers experienced.
The large cast offers opportunities for younger middle
school boys and girls, as well as those in high school.
Note: This show was written for the centennial
celebration of Ellis Island, and was performed there on
July 4th, 1992, on an outdoor stage, with sailboats and
the NYC skyline as a background! An awesome theatre experience.
title to see an Adobe PDF file score sample ,
or 'real audio' to hear a clip:
One Way Ticket To America: big production opener,
"..open your arms to me.." [real
Nine AM To 7 PM: multiple solos, "..a never ending stream of humanity.." [real
Another Island: solo "..I can be who I am in my safe little world, far away from the world outside..." [real
A Picture's Worth A Thousand Words: solos, choruses, "..they'll be a rarity.." [real
Home/ Under The Boot Of The Tsar: solos, choruses, "..no homesickness here.." [real
The American Dream: full cast, "..we're more than we seem.." [real
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