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RAGTIME Book by Terrence McNally; lyrics by Lynn Ahrens music by Stephen Flaherty
Ragtime is a Tony Award winning musical that paints a powerful portrait of the melting pot of America at the turn of the 20th century, weaving the delights of vaudeville, baseball, and nickelodeon with the disturbances of labor rallies and racial revolt. This unforgettable musical traces the threads of three American characters – represented respectively by Coalhouse Walker, a Harlem musician; Mother, the matriarch of a WASP family in New Rochelle; and Tateh, a Latvian Jewish immigrant. As these three characters embark on their own personal voyages of self-discovery, their lives become dramatically and irreversibly intertwined in one of the greatest musicals of our time.
DIRECTOR – Peter Landry
MUSIC DIRECTOR – Joanne Landry
CHOREOGRAPHER – Karen Brown
CAST REQUIREMENTS – looking for a large ethnically diverse cast of 45–50 (See character descriptions below).
WHERE: Mount Wachusett Community College, room 182
WHEN: Adult Role Auditions: Monday May 22nd & Wednesday May 24th @ 7PM;
Children’s Audition: Sunday May 28th @ 4PM;
Callbacks if needed: Sunday May 28th @ 6PM
No Appointments Needed
For the auditions all should:
- Prepare a short vocal selection that displays range and ability preferably from the show (score will be available). Sheet music required if you decide to do a song not from the show. An accompanist will be provided.
- Wear comfortable clothing for a movement/dance audition.
Performance Dates: August 11, 12, 18 and 19 @ 8PM, August 20 @ 2 PM
Tentative Rehearsal Schedule: Primary days Sundays 6 -9pm; Mondays and Wednesdays 7-10pm. There will be double rehearsals on some Sundays as we get closer to performances. A calendar will be available at the auditions to review and compare with your personal calendar for possible conflicts.
ADDITIONAL CASTING INFORMATION
SEEKING PERFORMERS OF ALL ETHNICITIES TO PERFORM THE FOLLOWING ROLES:
COALHOUSE WALKER, JR. [Black Male, Age 25-35, Baritone-Tenor 2 (Ab2 to E4)]: Accomplished ragtime pianist who is extremely proud yet also has a romantic tender side for Sarah and son. He devastatingly encounters cruel bigotry, societal discrimination and catastrophic loss that fuels anger making him a militant and violent for his cause. Piano skills a plus but not required.
SARAH [Black Female, Age 18-30, Alto (G3-F5)]: Coalhouse’s love interest and mother of his child. Although shy and naïve she is a survivor. Challenging role based upon range of emotions required to portray.
MOTHER [White Female, Age 30-50, Alto (G3-F5)]: Upper middle-class New Rochelle housewife. Gentle, compassionate, optimistic. Main character questioning her complacency in life and the re-definition of own beliefs.
FATHER [White Male, Age 30-50, Baritone (up to F4)]: Upper middle-class businessman and explorer. He wants to do the right thing, but is traditional, cautious, and resistant to change.
LITTLE BOY (EDGAR) [White Male, Age 7-13, Tenor]: Son of Mother and Father. Precocious, observant, curious and also prescient.
GRANDFATHER [White Male, Age 45-85, Baritone]: Little Boy’s Grandfather. Outspoken, cranky, cantankerous.
YOUNGER BROTHER [White Male, Age 19-30, Tenor (up to F#4)]: Mother’s younger brother, a bit withdrawn and an anarchist. He is a lost soul and in search of self. He is in love with Evelyn Nesbitt.
TATEH [Male, Age 30-50, Tenor (up to F#4)]: Jewish immigrant and father in search of the American Dream. Intelligent, compassionate, creative. Key character that grows with his story-line to success.
LITTLE GIRL [Female, Age 8-13, Soprano]: Tateh’s daughter. She is quiet & shy.
WILLIE CONKLIN [White Male, Age 25-45, Tenor]: New Rochelle’s fire chief who represents prejudice of the time. Obnoxious and cruel.
EVELYN NESBIT [Female, Age 25-35, Soprano (Bb3 to D5)]: Lovely Vaudeville showgirl. Sexy starlet loved by all.
EMMA GOLDMAN [Female, Age 30-50, Alto (A3 to D5)]: Outspoken feminist and radical anarchist.
HARRY HOUDINI [Male, Age 25-45, Tenor (up to G4)]: World-famous magician and escape artist.
HENRY FORD (Male, Age 30-55, Baritone (up to D4)): Founder of Ford Motor Company & inventor of the Model T.
J.P. MORGAN [Male, Age 40-65, Baritone]: Banking mogul and millionaire.
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON (Black Male, Age 35-55]: Harlem educator and black leader. Founder of the Tuskegee Institute.
COALHOUSE III (Black Male, Age 4-8, Nonsinging]: Sarah and Coalhouse’s Son, appears at the end of Act II
SARAH’s FRIEND – (Black Female, 25-45 years old, Alto/Contralto) – A friend of Sarah’s, sometime critic of Coalhouse, sings a gospel-style solo at Sarah’s funeral.
ENSEMBLE: [All Ethnicities, All Vocal Ranges, Ages 16 and Up] — Needed to play a variety of additional roles, including Admiral Peary, Matthew Henson, Judge, Jury Foreman, Charles S. Whitman and others.
DANCE CORP: 12-18 ethnically diverse specialty dancers used for main dance sections throughout the show.
For more information contact Professor Gail Steele at 978 630-9162 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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