RAGTIME runs February 22– March 3, 2019. 

 

Auditions will be held by appointment on Tuesday, December 11and Wednesday, December 12, 2018 from 6:30-9:30pm at The Campus Theatre (214 W Hickory St, Denton, TX 76201). Callbacks will be held, as needed, on Saturday, December 15th between 10:00am and 1:00 pm at The 1st Presbyterian Church (1114 W. University Dr. Denton, TX 76201). If you are unable to attend auditions, a video may be submitted to KyleChristopherWest@gmail.com by Monday, December 10th.

 

Please arrive with a headshot and resume, prepare 16-32 bars of standard musical theatrerepertoire and be prepared for cold readings, dance, and additional vocal auditions if invited to callbacks. Singing from the show is accepted, but not required. All auditioneeswill be contacted with casting results within 14 days of auditions.

Rehearsals are anticipated to begin on Monday, January 14th with weekly rehearsals Mondays through Thursday 7:00pm-10:00pm and occasional Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons as needed. 

PRODUCTION TEAM

Producer ... Scott Deck

Director ... Kyle Christopher West

Music Director ... John Norine, Jr.

Stage Manager ... Elizabeth Cantrell

PLOT

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.

The Tony-winning score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself, drawing upon many musical styles, from the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley to the klezmer of the Lower East Side, from bold brass band marches to delicate waltzes, from up-tempo banjo tunes to period parlor songs and expansive anthems. A truly unique and powerful portrait of America, Ragtime is sure to inspire actors and audiences alike!

CAST CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS & VOCAL RANGES

Mother (25-35) Conservative and wealthy, but brave and warm-hearted. If she’d watched The View, Nicole Wallace

would hands-down have been her favorite host. Vocal range: E5-G3

Father (30-45) Rich. Right. Right Winged, but “doesn’t discuss politics.” Definitely the oldest sibling and a product of boarding school. Vocal range: F5-A3

 

Younger Brother(18-30) Son of rich Republicans, but had his eyes opened while attending a Black Lives Matter rally in college. Ready to make a change in the world but distracted by an obsession with a celebrity personality. Vocal range top: F5 | Vocal range bottom: B3

 

Little Boy(6ish-10ish) The young, well-manicured son of a respected white family with incredible insight. If he gets in trouble, expect him to be saved in the name of affluenza. He will learn from the mistakes of the generation that raised him.

 

Evelyn Nesbit(18-25) Beautiful and moderately talented. She’s a socialite and influencer who knew she could get away with anything, including her rich husband’s murder. Vocal range top: D5 | Vocal range bottom: B3

 

Grandfather (50-65) Mother's conservative, easily irritated father. Tell racist jokes but “knows a fine black man” and “isn’t racist.” He’s an old dog who may not learn new tricks, but not intentionally unkind.

 

Tateh(25-40) A young immigrant and father and the victim of fear mongering. He’s here for his American Dream and willing to give up everything for a better life for his daughter. He probably played Tevyein high school and would have voted for Bernie Sanders if he could have. Vocal range top: F5 | Vocal range bottom: A3

 

Little Girl(6ish-10ish)Tateh'sdaughter, a young immigrant girl attached to her father by a leash in fear of being separated and detained by the US government. Scared, but smart and sweet. Vocal range top: D5 | Vocal range bottom: C4

 

Emma Goldman (30-40) A Russian anarchist who doesn't take no for an answer. She would have watched every episode of Orange is the New Black and yelled back at the authority figures in Russian, even if Red’s accent would have pissed her off. And were she a man, you would have listened to her. Vocal range top: D5 | Vocal range bottom: E3

 

Houdini(25+) An immigrant with privilege due to his celebrated escape artist act. Eventually quits making movies, but is open to a one-hour program dedicated to him and his craft if the money is right. Vocal range top: G5 | Vocal range bottom: C4

 

Coalhouse(25-35) A smart and stubborn young black man with infinite potential. Can’t sit still when the tide rolls in. Loves music and women and always takes a knee to silently protest for his cause. Vocal range top: B5 | Vocal range bottom: G3

 

Sarah (18-25) A young, black, lovesick artist who is forced to grow up very quickly. She’s an outgoing introvert with a lot to lose. Vocal range top: F5 | Vocal range bottom: G3

 

Sarah's Friend(18-30) It’s hard to tell if she’s more vocal in the church choir or while protesting in the streets, but you’ll stop and listen when she opens her mouth. Vocal range top: D5 | Vocal range bottom: D3

 

Booker T. Washington(40+) Black icon, author, and a respected voice in the black community. Would be honored to have a school named after him. Vocal range top: E5 | Vocal range bottom: C4

J

.P. Morgan(40+) A rich and well-fed auto financier.

 

Henry Ford (30+) Smart. Rich. He burns, but never tans. Appeared alongside J.P. Morgan is last year’s Forbes Magazine. Vocal range top: F5 | Vocal range bottom: D4

 

Willie Conklin(25-40) A volunteer fireman on a power trip. A tattered Confederate flag hangs off his rusty pickup truck. Vocal range top: F5 | Vocal range bottom: D4

 

Ensemble (15-20 folks of different ages, sizes, gender identities, and ethnic backgrounds)
to play Citizens of New Rochelle and Harlem, Coalhousesupporters, reporters, and various other supporting roles. They’re likely team #BlackLivesMatteror #BackTheBlue. Strong singers an actors who move well.

 

About the directors:

Kyle Christopher West(Director/Choreographer) is best known to DFW as the Senior Editor for BroadwayWorld.com, but has directed and choreographed over 60 productions across the country, including Hairspray, Cabaret, Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, Joseph…Dreamcoat, RENT and many more. For his work, he has received the AriZoniAward, MET Award, Annie Award and BroadwayWorld.com Award, among others. Most recently, Kyle directed WHITE CHRISTMAS at The Firehouse Theatreand EVITA at Music Theatreof Denton.

John NorineJr.(Musical Director) is a DMA graduate of the University of North Texas, where he studied Orchestral Conducting under AnshelBrusilowand Clay Couturiaux. He furthered his studies at the Pierre Monteux School and Music Festival between 2007 and 2018, studying conducting under Michael Jinboand working as an Orchestral Assistant. John has been an active music director throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex at the community, educational, and professional levels since 2005, directing almost fifty shows during that time. He recently served as musical director for The Firehouse Theatre’s GYPSY and WHITE CHRISTMAS as well as MTD’s THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME.

 

If you are unable to attend scheduled auditions or have questions that must be answered before auditions, you may email KyleChristopherWest@gmail.com.

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