RAGTIME - Arts Collective Non Equity Auditions

Posted: January 10, 2014
Audition Location: Columbia, MD

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Howard Community College's ARTS COLLECTIVE is pleased to announce:

OPEN AUDITIONS for its May, 2014 production of

*** R A G T I M E ***

Book by Terrence McNally - Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens - Music by Stephen
Flaherty
Based on the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
Two Acts, Book Musical, Version 2

Directed by David Gregory
Musical Direction by Mayumi B. Griffie

!! Auditions are open to all !!

Current/ past HCC students and guest artists are welcome to audition!
ROLES ARE AVAILABLE FOR AGES 16 AND UP - ALL ETHNICITIES. NON-PAID.
(Two roles available for a boy and girl ages 10 and up - See Character
Breakdown below for more information!)

**February 1st, (Saturday) 10:00am - 2:00pm, in HCC's HVPA Room 115
Sign-In BEFORE 11:30am - those arriving later than 11:30am may not be seen.
**February 3rd, (Monday) 6:00pm - 10:00pm, in HCC's HVPA Room 115
Sign-In BEFORE 8:30pm - those arriving later than 8:30pm may not be seen.

CASTING:
The Cast consists of 20 or more, see Character Breakdown below. All roles
are non-paid. Ragtime includes a fabulously diverse cast of all ages and
ethnicities. Two children needed: one girl and one boy. Principal
characters are supported by a versatile ensemble which will play several
roles throughout. We seek actors who are strong singers and can move well.


AUDITION APPTs REQUIRED:
Make your Audition Appointment in Advance - online only:
www.howardcc.edu/artscollective

ADDRESS & LOCATION:
-Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044
-Parking and Building Location: Park in the "West Garage" located across
from the HVPA building.)
-Audition Room Location - HVPA 115


AUDITION DETAILS:
-We seek singers who move well and strong featured dancers.
-Prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show - no pop, rock or
Sondheim.
-Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided.
-Come to the audition warm and ready to sing/move.
-Wear clothing suitable for a dance audition.
-Bring Headshot/Resume. Please include vocal range, any instruments played,
and musical training/background.
-Conflicts: You must be prepared to list all conflicts between February 16,
2014 - May 18, 2014. All conflicts must be presented at the audition.
-No scripts or score materials will be available prior to auditions.
-Please plan to stay for the duration of the scheduled audition time block.
If we can release you sooner we will.
-Callback: Saturday, February 8, 10am-3pm.

REHEARSAL & PERFORMANCE COMMITMENT:
-Rehearsals begin the week of February 16, 2014.
-The rehearsal schedule will be determined after the casting process and
will be based on cast/director/choreographer availability.
-Rehearsals will take place during weekday evenings and/or weekend mornings
or afternoons.
-Performance Commitment: May 8 - 18, 2014
May 8, 9, 10, 11 and May 15, 16, 17, 18
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm in HCC's Smith
Theatre, Columbia, MD

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN:

+BOOKER T. WASHINGTON: A dominant figure in the Black community of the U.S.
at the turn of the century - 45-55 yrs old (C4-E5)
+ENSEMBLE: To play a plethora of rich, diverse, supporting roles throughout
the entire show - Various Ages
+COALHOUSE: a proud, sophisticated man who fights to live within his social
boundaries and then rebels against them when even that is not good enough -
25-35 yrs old (G3-B5)
+EMMA GOLDMAN: the Russian born radical anarchist in early 1900's New York
City - 30-40 yrs old (E3-D5)
+EVELYN NESBIT: the beautiful vaudeville performer, famous for the murder of
her high profile lover - 18-25 yrs old (B3-D5)
+FATHER: Rich. Conservative. Staunch in his ways but not intentionally
unkind. - 30-45 yrs old (A3-F5)
+GRANDFATHER: mother's conservative father. A retired professor. Irritated
by everything. - 50-65 yrs old
+HENRY FORD: an American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor
Company - 35-45 yrs old (D4-F5)
+HOUDINI: the famous magician, escape artist who immigrated to the U.S. -
25-35 yrs old (C4-G5)
+J.P. MORGAN: the rich, famous financier - 60-65 yrs old (D4-E5)
+LITTLE GIRL: Tateh's daughter, a young Latvian girl in a new home - 7-10
yrs old (C4-D5)
+MOTHER: a strong, kind woman who defies social norms to do the things she
feels are right - 25-35 yrs old (G3-E5)
+SARAH: a washwoman who is adopted into Mother's home when Mother finds
Sarah's baby in the garden - 18-25 yrs old (G3-F5)
+SARAH'S FRIEND: a friend of Sarah's who attends her funeral - 18-25 yrs
old (D3-D5)
+TATEH: a haggard, Latvian immigrant who dreams the "American Dream" for
himself and his daughter -30-40 yrs old (A3-F5)
+WILLIE CONKLIN: a racist volunteer fireman who destroys Coalhouse's car -
25-40 yrs old (D4-F5)
+YOUNGER BROTHER: Mother's younger brother who has his heart broken by
Evelyn Nesbit and joins Coalhouse in his protests towards discrimination. He
is a young man in search of something. - 20-30 yrs old (B3-F5)


ABOUT RAGTIME:
Early 20th century generations collide in this emotionally charged journey
bursting with passion, tragedy and love. A tapestry focused on social
upheaval which speaks directly to the pulse of America today. RAGTIME!

"Called by Time Magazine 'A triumph for the stage,' and by the International
Herald Tribune 'the best musical in twenty years,' this acclaimed musical
won 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and won both
the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best
Score. RAGTIME is based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel; the musical
intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families, as they confront
history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and
prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. The
Tony-winning score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself.
It draws upon many musical styles from the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin
Pan Alley to the klezmer of the Lower East Side, from bold brass band
marches to delicate waltzes, from up-tempo banjo tunes to period parlor
songs and expansive anthems." [Musical Theatre International]

NO CALLS PLEASE.

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