Audition: Ragtime

Audition: Ragtime


Dec. 9 @ 1pm
Dec. 10 @ 7pm
Callbacks - Dec. 12 @ 7pm

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.

Ragtime won Tony Awards for Best Score, Book, and Orchestrations and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score.

The Up In One Production is produced by Diana di Grandi, directed and choreographed by Kevin Archambault with music direction by Paul & JoAnne Schubert.

Location: The Center for Performing Arts, Rhinebeck,

Performance Dates
: March 2-18, 2018.

Prepare: 32 bars of a Broadway-style song. Bring your sheet music in the correct key for our pianist - no a cappella excepted.

Bring: Please bring your personal schedule and be prepared to list your conflicts

Seeking: An ethnically diverse cast of adult actors, singers and dancers.

No appointments necessary


Ages listed are based on history and/or author recommendations, and should not be taken literally. All Lead roles must be exceptional singer. The score is demanding (no skirting around notes).

book by Terrence Mc Nally,
music by Stephen Flaherty, & music by Lynn Aherns

Coalhouse Walker, Jr: African-American male. 25-35 (baritone with strong top range; range: Ab to G, with a sustained high F#). Intense dance; pianist; proud, confident, and stubborn.

Sarah: African-American female. Late teens-early 20's (lyric soprano; range: low G# to high F# on staff)

Mother:  Anglo-American female. 30+ (lyric soprano; range: low G to high Eb on staff) gentle, compassionate, optimistic

Father:  Anglo-American male. 40+ (baritone; range: B to E on staff) cautious; resistant to change

Mother's Younger Brother: Anglo-American male. 20-25+ (tenor/baritone with strong top range: B to high F#) passionate anarchist; intense and high-strung

Young Boy: Anglo-American male. 8-12 (juvenile voice; range: E to Db on staff) precocious and curious

Tateh: Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant male. 30+, slight accent (tenor; range: Db to high F#) intelligent, passionate, creative

Emma Goldman: Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant female/Anarchist. 40+, slight accent. (alto, range: low G# to Db on staff)

Harry Houdini: Hungarian Immigrant male/Magician/bodybuilder. 30+ (tenor; range: mid. C to high G)

Evelyn Nesbit: Anglo-American female. Vaudevillian performer. 18-25 (belter/soprano, range: middle C to Db on staff) dancer preferred.

Young Girl Tateh's daughter: Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant female. 8-12 (juvenile voice; range: E to Db on the staff) quiet and shy.

Sarah's Friend: African-American female. Late teens - 30. (Gospel lyric-soprano or alto range: low G to stratosphere scat top note)

Grandfather (Mother's father): Anglo-American male. 55+ (some "speak sung" lyrics, baritone) gruff & outspoken.

Booker T. Washington: African American male, distinguished. 45+ (some "speak sung" lyrics, baritone)

Henry Ford: Anglo-American male. 30-45 (some "speak sung" lyrics, baritone)
JP Morgan (cameo - historical): Anglo-American male; banking mogul. 45+ (some "speak sung" lyrics, baritone)

Little Coalhouse: Walk-on at end of show. African-American male (will consider females as well). Age 3-4 (no spoken lines or singing)

SUPPORTING/ENSEMBLE ROLES: RAGTIME offers members of the three ensembles multiple opportunities to play a number of smaller parts with lines and some solos. include: Admiral Peary, Stanford White, Harry K. Thaw, Willie Conklin, 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.

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