Auditions for "Ragtime".
"RAGTIME" is an epic musical that paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of life in turn of the century America. Three distinct stories intertwine to poignantly illustrate history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and love and hate. With a score that is as diverse as the melting pot of America, RAGTIME - draws upon traditional Jewish folk sounds to color the haunting music of the European immigrants, borrows from Vaudevillian styles to capture the spectacle of Anglo-American upper-middle-class society, and utilizes Joplin and Jazz to invoke the enlivened spirit and rhythms of African-American, working class Harlem.
Cast breakdown: a Multi-Ethnic/Multi-Racial cast of about 60+ adults, including all ages, and races. The entire ensemble sings. (Non-singing actors may be considered for non-singing featured roles).
LEAD AND FEATURED ROLES: (ages listed are based on history and/or author recommendations, and should not be taken literally)
Coalhouse Walker, Jr: African-American male. 25-35 (baritone with strong top range; range: Ab to G, with a sustained high F#). Intense dance; pianist; proud, confident, and stubborn.
Father: Anglo-American male. 40+ (baritone; range: B to E on staff) cautious; resistant to change.
Mother's Younger Brother: Anglo-American male. 20-25+ (tenor/baritone with strong top range: B to high F#) passionate anarchist; intense and high-strung
Tateh: Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant male. 30+, slight accent (tenor; range: Db to high F#) intelligent, passionate, creative.
Harry Houdini (historical): Hungarian Immigrant male/Magician/body-builder. 30+ (tenor; range: mid. C to high G)
Grandfather (Mother's father): Anglo-American male. 55+ (some "speak sung" lyrics, baritone) gruff & outspoken.
Booker T. Washington (Historical): African-American male, distinguished. 45+ (some "speak sung" lyrics, baritone).
Henry Ford (Historical): Anglo-American male. 30-45 (some "speak sung" lyrics, baritone).
JP Morgan (Historical): Anglo-American male; banking mogul. 45+ (some "speak sung" lyrics, baritone).
Performances are February 10th to the 19th. Rehearsal will begin on Monday January 2nd. Our normal rehearsal process is Sunday afternoons 2pm to 5pm and Monday through Thursday evenings 7pm to 10pm.
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