RAGTIME THE MUSICAL  

IN CONCERT

Dream Arts Company's NEW Concert Series--

It’s our goal to fill stages and unique performance spaces around metro Detroit, fueled by emerging talent, and focused on stories and music styles that reflect the world around us.

Join us ON THE WHEELS OF A DREAM as we kick-off our new concert series with RAGTIME THE MUSICAL IN CONCERT. Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and book by Terrence McNally.

RAGTIME THE MUSICAL is Broadway’s timeless celebration of life at the dawn of a new century where everything is changing and anything is possible.  Ravishing and relevant, RAGTIME, is a 13-time Tony Award nominee, winning for Best Book and Best Musical Score. 

 

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. DACO's Concert production will not be fully produced with sets. Our presentation will be lightly staged, with theatrical lighting and minimum choreography.The characters will be fully drawn, and the music and character arcs will be the focus of the production. 

PRODUCTION INFORMATION

Audition Eligibility-Performers ages 16 and up.

Note: There are 3 roles for children ranging from ages 5-12. See section below regarding roles and audition for children.

Concert Performances: July 20-21, 2018

Location: Groves Theater –Birmingham, MI

AUDITIONS

Auditions and callbacks are scheduled for June 1-3, 2018. Auditions are via appointment.

 

Audition reservations open April 1, 2018. Email: dacodetroit@hotmail.com for an appointment beginning April 1st.

Audition Location: TBD-- Will update soon.

Rehearsal Location: TBD—Will update soon.

SEEKING

An ethnically diverse adult cast of 20-30 terrific actor-singers and three featured children; see character breakdown for details.

Adults 16 & Up

  • Prepare two contrasting musical theatre selections. At least one selection should be from a classic musical theatre show. Both selections should show off your voice and acting ability; singing from the show is not allowed.

  • Bring sheet music in your key. Place music in a 3-ring binder.  

  • An accompanist will be provided.

  • An a cappella audition is not allowed.

  • Bring an 8X10 headshot (does not have to be a professional headshot) and resume (if you don’t have a resume, no worries).

  • Be prepared to provide all potential conflicts for weekday evening and weekend daytime rehearsals beginning June 3, 2018

This concert production is non-union and does not provide payment to performers.

 

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

NOTE: Because this is a Concert version, the creative team has a very open mind about age and physical type.

MEN

Coalhouse Walker, Jr: African-American male. 25-35 (baritone G2-A4). A ragtime pianist; proud, confident, stubborn, and a strong believer in justice.

 

Father: Anglo-American male. 40+ (baritone A2-F4). An Arctic explorer who returns to a changed world he can’t seem to understand.

 

Mother's Younger Brother: Anglo-American male. 20-25+ (bari-tenor B2-F#4). A passionate lover and anarchist; intense and high-strung.

 

Tateh: Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant male. 30+, slight accent (tenor Bb2-F#4). Optimistic, intelligent, passionate, creative, charismatic.

 

Grandfather: Anglo-American male. 55+ (baritone). Mother’s father. Gruff & outspoken.

 

Booker T. Washington: African-American male. 45+ (baritone D3-Eb4). Distinguished, polished, and articulate.

 

Henry Ford: Anglo-American male. 30-45 (some "speak sung" lyrics, baritone). Folksy, arrogant innovator and industrialist.

 

JP Morgan: Anglo-American male. 45+ (some "speak sung" lyrics, baritone). A pompous, wealthy banking mogul

 

Harry Houdini: Hungarian Immigrant male. 30s (tenor E3-G4). Magician/bodybuilder who embodies immigrant success.

 

WOMEN

Sarah: African-American female. Early 20's (lyric soprano G#3-F#5). Young, passionate, naïve, strong-willed.

 

Mother: Anglo-American female. 30s (alto G#3-F#5). Gentle, elegant, compassionate, optimistic, and open to change.

 

Emma Goldman: Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant female. 40s, slight accent. (alto B3-D5). A passionate leader who crusades for the underprivileged masses.

 

Evelyn Nesbit: Anglo-American female. 20s (belter/soprano B3-D5). Vaudevillian performer, sexy and incredibly smart.

 

Sarah's Friend: African-American female. Late teens - 30. (Gospel soprano G3 to stratosphere)

 

SUPPORTING/ENSEMBLE ROLES

Ensemble members will play a number of smaller parts with lines and some solos. Supporting roles with final casting decisions (possibly made during rehearsals) include Admiral Perry, Stanford White, Harry K. Thaw, Willie Conklin (the racist firefighter), Judge, train conductor, people of New Rochelle/Harlem/Union Square, Jewish immigrants, factory workers, demonstrators, newsboys, reporters, bureaucrats, Coalhouse's Men, and numerous other ensemble roles. The RAGTIME chorus is one of the major stars of the show.

 

AUDITION INFORMATION FOR CHILDREN

Auditions and callbacks are scheduled for June 1-3, 2018. Auditions are via appointment. Audition reservations open April 1, 2018. Email: dacodetroit@hotmail.com for an appointment beginning April 1st.

 

  • Prepare ONE classic musical theatre selections. Your selection should show off your voice and acting ability; singing from the show is not allowed.

  • Bring sheet music in your key. Place music in a 3-ring binder.  

  • An accompanist will be provided.

  • An a cappella audition is not allowed.

  • Bring an 8X10 headshot (does not have to be a professional headshot) and resume (if you don’t have a resume, no worries).

  • Be prepared to provide all potential conflicts for weekday evening and weekend daytime rehearsals beginning June 3, 2018

This concert production is non-union and does not provide payment to performers.

Young Boy: Anglo-American male. 8-12 (juvenile voice E4-D5). Mother and Father’s son. Precocious, articulate, and curious.

Young Girl: Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant female. 8-12 (juvenile voice C4-Bb4). Tateh's daughter. Quiet, stoic, and cautious.

Little Coalhouse: African-American male (will consider females as well). Age 4-6 (no spoken lines or singing). This is a cameo walk-on at end of show. Young Coalhouse should have an “innocent” and “pure” quality about him.  In role, Young Coalhouse will be picked up by an adult cast member, sit on a cast member’s lap and pretend to play piano.  Young Coalhouse will also skip in a circle holding hands with other young actors.  AUDITIONS FOR THIS ROLE WILL TAKE PLACE AT A LATER DATE.

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