What does it mean to be an American? Jung-Ho Pak and the Cape Symphony, in collaboration with the Cotuit Center for the Arts, will explore that question in our upcoming Passport to America: The Immigrant Story on September 22 and 23.
The centerpiece of the experience will be the performance of an original composition from GRAMMY-nominated composer Peter Boyer called “Ellis Island: The Dream of America.” The piece tells the moving story of the American immigrant coming to the shores of America through a multimedia experience with the live orchestra, eight actors, and hundreds of rare historic photographs.
We’re excited to be working with the Cotuit Center again, and with producer David Kuehn and director Nina Schuessler. Nina has cast many well-known local actors to perform the characters based on real immigrants found in the Ellis Island Oral History Project. To create these roles, Peter listened to over 100 interviews and selected seven to adapt into his composition. The performance ends with a reading of the Emma Lazarus poem, “The New Colossus,” that is displayed on the Statue of Liberty.
Here are the actors and the roles they will portray (in order of appearance):
Deborah Stringham of Sharon, MA, Polish Immigrant Helen Lansman Cohen, arrived in 1920
David Wallace of Dennis, MA, Greek Immigrant James Apanomith, arrived in 1911
Sandy Cerel of Johnston RI, Italian Immigrant Lillian Galletta, arrived in 1928 (Sandy is also mother of the composer, Peter Boyer)
Philip Scudder of Barnstable, MA, Hungarian Immigrant Lazarus Salamon, arrived in 1920
Carryl Lynn of Brewster, MA, Polish Immigrant Helen Rosenthal, arrived in 1940
James P. Byrne of Truro, MA, Irish Immigrant Emanuel “Manny” Steen, arrived in 1925
Sherrie Smith Scudder of Barnstable, MA, Russian Immigrant Katherine Beychok, arrived in 1910
Christine Rathbun Ernst of Sandwich, MA, Lady Liberty
Learn more about Passport to America: The Immigrant Story and get your tickets soon. This is an experience everyone will be talking about.