Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Terrence McNally
Based on the Novel “Ragime” by E.L. Doctorow
Directed by Richard Dines
Choreographed by Josh Inmon
Music Directed by Alex Huff
When: Sunday & Monday, December 10 & 11, 2017 at 6:30p.m.
Where: Springfield Contemporary Theatre, 431 S Jefferson Ave, Suite 136
Prepare: Approximately 45 seconds of a Contemporary Musical Theatre song in the style of the show. Please bring sheet music in your key. An accompanist will be provided. NO A CAPELLA AUDITIONS.
Rehearsals: begin January 2, 2018
Performances: February 16-18, 22-25, March 1-4, 2018
About the show: It is the turn of the 20th Century in New York. An era is exploding. A century is spinning. And the people are moving in rhythm and rhyme to the music of Ragtime. Based on the novel by E.L Doctorow, the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award-winning Ragtime weaves together the story of three groups in America, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr, Mother and her white, middle class family in New Rochelle, and Tateh, a Jewish immigrant who has come to America seeking a new life.
Coalhouse Walker, Jr. (25 to 35, G3-Ab4) a proud, sophisticated black man who fights to live within his social boundaries and then rebels against them when even that is not good enough.
Father (30 to 45, A3-F5) Rich. Conservative. Staunch in his ways but not intentionally unkind.
Younger Brother (20 to 30, B3-G4) 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.
Tateh (30 to 40, A3-B4) A haggard, Latvian immigrant who dreams the "American Dream" for himself and his daughter.
Grandfather/J.P. Morgan (50 to 65) mother's conservative father. A retired professor. Irritated by everything. / The rich, famous American financier.
Booker T. Washington & Others (35 to 55) the dominant figure in the Black community of the United States at the turn of the century
Harry Houdini & Others (25 to 35) the famous magician who immigrated to America and made a name for himself largely as an escape artist.
Henry Ford & Others (35 to 45) an American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company.
Willie Conklin & Others (25 to 40) A racist volunteer fireman who destroys Coalhouse's car.
Matthew Henson & Others (25 to 40) First Officer on Admiral Perry’s expedition to the North Pole, African-American.
Coalhouse Follower & Others, African-American.
Mother (25 to 35, G3-E5) A strong, kind woman who defies social norms to do the things she feels are right.
Sarah (18 to 25, G3-F5) A black washwoman who is adopted into Mother's home when Mother finds Sarah's baby in the garden.
Evelyn Nesbit (18 to 25, G3-E5) the beautiful vaudeville performer, famous for the murder of her high profile lover by her rich husband.
Sarah's Friend & Others, A friend of Sarah's who attends her funeral. Gospel belt. African-American.
Emma Goldman & Others (30-40) the Russian born radical anarchist in early 1900's New York City.
Kathleen & Others (20-40) Mother & Father's Irish maid.
Harlem Ensemble Woman, African-American.
Little Boy (7 to 10) Mother and Father’s son, Edgar, a boy that sees the world from a fresh perspective.
Little Girl (7 to 10) Tateh's daughter, a young Latvian girl in a new home.
Coalhouse Walker III (7 to 10) Sarah and Coalhouse’s child. African-American.