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Ragtime

RagtimeAt 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.

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Dates & Times

Auditions

Show Date Show Time
Friday, December 8th, 2017 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 9th, 2017 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 10th, 2017 2:00 PM
Friday, December 15th, 2017 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 16th, 2017 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 17th, 2017 2:00 PM
Friday, January 5th, 2018 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 6th, 2018 7:00 PM
Sunday, January 7th, 2018 2:00 PM
Friday, January 12th, 2018 7:00 PM
Saturday, January 13th, 2018 7:00 PM
Sunday, January 14th, 2018 2:00 PM

What: Open auditions for Ragtime, Book by Terrence McNally, Music by Stephen Flaherty and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, directed by Duane Campbell at Connecticut Theatre Company

When: 10/01/17 & 10/02/17 from 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: The Repertory Theatre | 23 Norden Street | New Britain, CT 06051

Run Dates: 12/8/17-12/17/17 & 1/6/18-1/14/18

Audition Preparation: All roles are open. Looking for a very diverse cast. Actors will be seen in order of arrival. Prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song in the style of the show. Please bring sheet music in your key, your resume and a headshot if you have one. An accompanist will be provided. A call back audition, if needed, will be held on Wednesday October 4th, 7:30 to 9:30pm. Those auditioners who the director wishes to see further will be invited to the call back audition. Age ranges listed are stage ages. If you have any questions, please email the director at dcampbell@connecticuttheatrecompany.org.

Character Breakdown:

Booker T. Washington
Incredibly intelligent social activist. He is an eloquent and articulate gentleman with no patience for Black Americans leading less than exemplary lives.
Gender: Male
Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: Eb4
Vocal range bottom: D3

Coalhouse Walker Jr.
A proud and talented pianist. He is sophisticated, with a romantic demeanor and gentle heart though an intimidating build. African-American.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: A4
Vocal range bottom: G2

Emma Goldman
Social activist. With an unapologetically demanding presence, she is a leader and powerful woman. Russian-American.
Gender: Female
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Evelyn Nesbit
Beautiful vaudeville performer. Thrust into the limelight after the high profile murder of her lover, the entire world is her stage.
Gender: Female
Age: 18 to 21
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Father
Mother’s professionally successful husband. Fancying himself an amateur explorer, he is commanding and attractive. Enjoys being the family breadwinner.
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: F4
Vocal range bottom: A2

Grandfather
Mother’s very conservative father. He is a retired professor and easily irritated by nearly everything.
Gender: Male
Age: 60 to 70

Harry Houdini
The famous magician. With dark features and notable physical ability, he stands as a symbol of the ‘American Dream.’ Hungarian-American.
Gender: Male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: G4
Vocal range bottom: E3

Little Boy
Mother and Father’s son. He is open-hearted and curious with inexplicable clairvoyance. Never passes judgement on others.
Gender: Male
Age: 8 to 12
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: E4

Little Girl
Tateh’s daughter. A confused and vulnerable child in a brand-new home, she is guarded and shy. Loves her father very much. Latvian-American.
Gender: Female
Age: 7 to 10
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: C4

Mother
The consummate wife and mother. A kind woman with incredible moral fiber. Refined, intelligent, and graceful. She is accepting of others.
Gender: Female
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Sarah
Washwoman. Sarah is beautiful and filled with a strong will to live fueled by an innocent spirit. Falls deeply in love with Coalhouse after much resistance. African-American.
Gender: Female
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: G#3

Tateh
The haggard artist and father. He wears the trials and tribulations of his past on his sleeve, but remains optimistic. Full of genuine drive and heart. Latvian-American.
Gender: Male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: Bb2

Younger Brother
Mother’s younger brother. With his wiry frame and obsessive personality, he is an erratic soul. Influenced greatly by Goldman’s teachings.
Gender: Male
Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range top: F#4
Vocal range bottom: B2

Henry Ford
The great American entrepreneur. Ahead of his time.
Gender: Male
Age: 40 to 55
Vocal range: Bari-tenor

J.P. Morgan
J.P. Morgan is the successful American banking mogul.
Gender: Male
Age: 50+
Vocal range: Baritone

Stanford White/Willie Conklin
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal Range: Baritone or Tenor

Harry K Thaw/Admiral Peary
Gender: Male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range: Baritone or Tenor

ENSEMBLE
(Male and Female, to play 20+, all ethnicities). Seeking a diversity of 6-10 excellent singer/actors to play various roles including – Baseball Fans; Coalhouse Supporters; Firemen; Harlem Citizens, Immigrants To America; New Rochelle Citizens; Reporters; Vacationers