Auditions for "Ragtime"
Event tags: 29 Palms, Audition, Theater, Theatre 29, Theatre, Ragtime, Musical, Charles Harvey
Auditions for the third production of the Theatre
29 2013 season, the epic Broadway musical,
‘Ragtime”, have been scheduled for Sunday,
February 24th at 2:30pm on the Theatre 29 Main
Stage at 73637 Sullivan Road in Twentynine Palms.
The epic musical, based on the classic novel by
E.L. Doctorow, will take the stage for five weeks
beginning May 3rd through June 1st. This musical
finds in the experience of three
families, circa 1906, all the glories and
contradictions that created the American Century.
The hopes of immigrants, the legacy of bigotry
and the rise of a working class are given voice
in the syncopated music that reflected the nation's changing face.
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, (KISS OF THE SPIDER
WOMAN, MASTER CLASS), the stirring Tony-winning score
is as diverse as the melting pot of America itself.
Veteran director Charles Harvey will be seeking a cast of twenty-five to thirty
singer/actors for this production. This
production is a “singer’s musical”, and all roles
must be able to sing. The roles being cast are:
Father - baritone 28-45: The typical Edwardian
gentleman of means, courteous to all, outwardly
tolerant, so long as everyone knows their place,
a distant husband and vacant father, he was a man
of his time. His voyage with Admiral Peary is the
catalyst for all that follows.
Sarah - strong alto 18-30, African-American: Love
interest to Coalhouse Walker and mother of his
child, loving, kind, gentle but with a deep soul.
Booker T. Washington - baritone 30-55, African
American: Famous African American civil rights
leader of the early 1900s, passionate,
articulate, holds himself and his race to a high standard.
Little Boy – tenor 7-13, Also called Edgar, the
son of Mother and Father, a bit precocious,
straight forward and blunt as only a pre-teen can be.
Tateh - tenor 24- 35, Latvian Jewish immigrant
bringing his daughter to America to build their
dream. Their story is one of all immigrants:
hope, toil, heart-break and maybe even success!
Little Girl - soprano 8-14, Tateh’s daughter, quiet, loves her Papa.
Younger Brother - baritone 19-28, Mother’s
Younger Brother, works for Father, a lost soul
who evolves into a fire-brand freedom fighter.
Sarah’s Friend – Age-Open, Strong soulful Alto
African American, The voice of the masses of Harlem
Harry Houdini - tenor 25-42, The world’s most
famous magician and illusionist, known for his
Escape artistry, a charismatic man.
J.P. Morgan - Patter baritone 40-65, The world’s richest man and he knows it.
Emma Goldman - belting alto 30-60, Fire-brand
anarchist, staunch advocate for the down trodden
immigrants of the Lower East Side, Brash, loud, fierce.
3 African American Male singers and 3 Female singers (Harlem
Ensemble - men and women, ages open, all must
sing, various ethnicities encouraged
· All ensemble will play a multitude of cameo
roles as well as residents of New Rochelle & Immigrants.
The Roles of Mother, Coalhouse Walker Jr,
Grandfather, Henry Ford, Willie Conklin and Evelyn Nesbitt have been pre-cast.
“Ragtime” will run 12 performances, May 3- 4,
10-12, 17-18, 24-26, 31 & June 1, 2013.
Please come to audition prepared with either a
karaoke tape or professional backing track as
accompaniment, (No background vocals, please!) as
there will be no live accompaniment available. Dress to move.
Anyone seeking to assist in a technical capacity,
as a set builder or costume construction role,
please also attend auditions. Be prepared for
cold reading, pre-selected sides are available
for review on our website:
choose the “Auditions” tab and follow the links.
Music samples from the production are also
available on that page. For more information,
contact the director, Charles Harvey via email
or call the Box Office at (760) 361-4151.
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