Auditions for RAGTIME
- by Terrence McNally, Lynn Ahrens, and Stephen Flaherty
- Directed by Ike Anderson,
- Musical Direction by Kristin Baltes
- Choreography by Heather Powell
- Produced by Bob Button
Audition Dates: Sunday, July 15 (11am-10pm) and Monday, July 16 (7pm-10pm)
- Callbacks: July 22 and 24
- Performance Dates: October 5 – October 27 (in the Gibson Theater)
Description: Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Once on This Island, Seussical and Lucky Stiff), noted playwright Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow’s distinguished novel, Ragtime is the winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. Called by TIME Magazine “A triumph for the stage,” and by the International Herald Tribune “the best musical in twenty years,” this acclaimed musical is filled with pageantry, emotion and hope, bursting onto the stage like no other musical.
At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.
Booker T. Washington – The dominant figure in the Black community of the U.S. at the turn of the century.
(Male, 45-55, Vocal range top E5, bottom C4.)
Ensemble – To play Citizens of New Rochelle and Harlem, Coalhouse supporters, Reporters, and various other supporting roles.
Coalhouse – A proud, sophisticated man who fights to live within his social boundaries and then rebels against them when even that is not good enough.
(Male, 25-35, Vocal range top, B5, bottom G3.)
Emma Goldman – The Russian-born, radical anarchist in early 1900s New York City.
(Female, Vocal range top, D5, bottom E3.)
Evelyn Nesbit – The beautiful vaudeville performer, famous for the murder of her high-profile lover by her rich husband.
(Female, 18-25, Vocal range top, D5, bottom B3.)
Father – Rich, conservative, staunch in his ways, but not intentionally unkind.
(Male, 30-45, Vocal range top, F5, bottom, A3.)
Grandfather – Mother’s conservative father. A retired professor, irritated by everything.
Henry Ford – An American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company.
(Male, 35-45, Vocal range top, F5, bottom D4.)
Houdini – The famous magician who immigrated to America and made a name for himself, largely as an escape artist.
(Male, 25-35, Vocal range top, G5, bottom, C4.)
J.P.Morgan – The rich, famous financier.
Little Girl – Tateh’s daughter, a young Latvian girl in a new home.
(Female, 7-10, Vocal range top, D5,bottom C4.)
Mother – A strong, kind woman who defies social norms to do the things she feels are right.
(Female, 25-35, Vocal range top, E5, bottom, G3.)
Sarah – A washwoman who is adopted into Mother’s home when Mother finds Sarah’s baby in the garden.
(Female, 18-25, Vocal range top, F5, bottom G3.)
Sarah’s Friend – A friend of Sarah’s who attends her funeral.
(Female, 18-25, Vocal range to, D5, bottom D3.)
Tateh – A haggard, Latvian immigrant who dreams the “American Dream” for himself and his daughter.
(Male, 30-40, Vocal range top, F5, bottom A3.)
Willie Conklin – A racist volunteer fireman who destroys Coalhouse’s car.
(Male, 25-40, Vocal range top, F5, bottom D4.)
Younger Brother – Mother’s younger brother who has his heart broken by Evelyn Nesbit, and joins Coalhouse in his protests towards discrimination. He is a young man in search of something.
(Male, 20-30, Vocal range top, F5, bottom, B3.)
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