Theatre Audtions: “Ragtime”


Event details

Sunday & Monday April 14 & 15 -7pm Don't miss auditions for the first show on the new stage!!! Scripts available in the box office now with deposit. Box office hours: M-F 11:30-4:30 * 843-7469

Directed by Mary Doveton Music Direction by Mary Baker Choreography by Barb Wasson

Please have a song prepared. Accompanist will be available. Wear shoes that you can dance in.

Rehearsals will begin April 28. Shows are scheduled (pending construction completion) for June 21-July 7.

Ragtime is a musical featuring a cross section of Americans. Performers of all ages, ethnicities, shapes and sizes are encouraged to audition. Because race is a thematic cornerstone of Ragtime, some roles will have to be cast along race lines: ie: Mother/Father, Younger Brother must read as Caucasion on stage; Sarah/Coalhouse must read as African American on stage etc.

The following is a list of CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS: There are also numerous adult ensemble roles for men and women of all ethnicities.

Principal Roles - 5 women/9 men/2 children Ages approximate

Mother: Caucasian, 25 - 40. Graceful and gracious on the surface, a product of the American upper class. Also spirited, intelligent and fiercely independent. Voice: Soprano with a strong belt

Coalhouse: African American man, early 20s - late 30s. A man of power, presence, edge, integrity and charisma whose final resort to violence is the climax of the story. Voice: Baritone

Tateh: Caucasian man, 30 - 45. Dynamic Jewish immigrant. Challenges his old life and seeks a better one for his daughter. Voice: Baritone

Sarah: African American. 18 - 35 Lovely, passionate, headstrong, yet innocent. Acts on her emotions without thinking. Voice: Strong belter

Father: Caucasian, 30 - 45. A salesman; a good, proud, upstanding citizen. Represents the traditional views held by many turn-of-the-century Americans. Voice: Baritone

Younger Brother: Caucasian, 18 - 30. Idealistic and difficult, he searches for a sense of self. Obsessed with Evelyn Nesbit, he later becomes a Young Revolutionary and joins The Coalhouse Gang to fight injustice. Voice: Strong tenor.

Little Boy: Caucasian, age 8 - 12 to play age 10. Precocious, intelligent, observant and curious. Actor must have excellent diction! Little Girl: Eastern European, Caucasian, age 10 - 14 to play age 10 - 12. Character is appealing, fragile, earnest. Grandfather: Caucasian, 50s - 70s. Feisty, upper-class old gentleman. Baritone. Evelyn Nesbit: Caucasian, 20s. Pretty, sexy, self-aware and funny. The symbol of sex and beauty at the turn of the (20th) century. Soprano. Houdini: Caucasian. Magician and performer. Baritone. Henry Ford: Caucasian, 30s - early 40s. Inventor. Folksy. Full of himself. Tenor. J. P. Morgan: Caucasian. Incredibly wealthy financier. Portly. Pompous, blustering. Baritone. Emma Goldman: Caucasian. Anarchist and social activist. Earthy, warm, ironic, full-voiced. Alto. Willie Conklin: Caucasian. Fire Chief Conklin acts hostilely toward Coalhouse. Must have a certain amount of humor, with the menace simmering underneath. Baritone. Booker T. Washington: African American. Well-educated orator and leader who preaches friendship and cooperation between whites and blacks. Baritone. Sarah's Friend: African American. Warm, soulful gospel singer/actress who plaintively and ferociously leads the Harlem Ensemble during Sarah's funeral.

Don't miss your chance to be the first on the NEW THEATRE LAWRENCE STAGE!!


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment