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Auditions for "Ragtime"


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


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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