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Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Terrence McNally

Based on the 1975 novel of the same name by E.L. Doctorow
Featuring students in grades 8-12*

*Some roles may be multicast and others may be played by performers outside 8-12 grade at the discretion of the production team.

Auditions for RAGTIME will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020, 6:30-9:30 PM at The Elwood Smith Center located at 601 Harrington Rd, Rockville, MD 20852. Anyone not available to audition on Friday, March 13, 2020, should email [email protected] to make alternative arrangements.

There is a non-refundable $150 tuition deposit payable at the time of audition that will be applied to your tuition balance. Please make checks payable to OVATIONS THEATRE. If you are NOT selected to be a member of the cast (which includes both a principal role or ensemble) the tuition deposit will be refunded. 

Callbacks for RAGTIME will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2020, from 4:30-9:30 PM at The Elwood Smith Center located at 601 Harrington Rd, Rockville, MD 20852

Tuition for RAGTIME will be $975. Additionally, there is a $50 costume fee. There is limited financial aid and/or payment plan options available for this production. Those interested should contact [email protected] Please note there are NO refunds unless not cast in the production.

Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment to check in and submit your completed paperwork. Please bring a current photo, resume and check payable to OVATIONS THEATRE in the amount of $150.00.

The cast list will be emailed by 10 AM on Monday, March 16, 2020. Prospective cast members must email [email protected] indicating acceptance or rejection of their roles by 3PM on Saturday, December 14, 2020. Rehearsals will begin Monday, March 16, 2020. Full tuition payment is required at the first rehearsal unless payment arrangements are made in advance by contacting [email protected]

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a musical theatre song. Please remember to bring sheet music copied in a three-ring binder; an accompanist will be provided. NO ACCAPELLA SINGING WILL BE ACCEPTED. Your selection should demonstrate both your vocal range and acting abilities.

Little Girl – Tateh’s daughter.  Still reeling from the death of her mother and leaving her home, she speaks very little. Vocal range – D5 – A3

Little Boy (Edgar) – Mother & Father’s son. Wise beyond his years, an interested and prescient observer of all that goes on around him. Vocal range – D5 – A3

COALHOUSE A proud, sophisticated musician who fights to follow the law of the land as it continually turns it’s back on him.  He only wants to be heard and have vindication, but even that is denied him. African-American. Vocal Range – B5 – G3 

SARAH The love of Coalhouse Walker’s life who is taken into Mother’s home when her newborn baby is found in Mother’s garden. Need strong mix/belt. African-American. Vocal range – F5 to G3

SARAH’S FRIEND also a member of the ensemble – Sings solo in ”Till We Reach that Day”. Vocal Range – D5-D3

BOOKER T WASHINGTON The dominant figure in the Black community of the United States at the turn of the 20th century.  Founder of the Tuskegee Institute. African-American. Vocal range  – E5 – C4

MOTHER a strong, kind woman who defies social norms to do the things she believes are correct. Need strong belt/mix. Vocal range – E5 -G3

TATEH An immigrant who travels under great hardship to America to search for his dream. Vocal Range – F5 – A3

FATHER Conservative, well-traveled, but does not understand why his life and everything around him is changing.  He is truly confused by this, but is also kind of a bigot. Vocal range – F5 – A3

YOUNGER BROTHER a young man in search of his reason for living. Vocal Range – F5-B3

HARRY HOUDINI The most famous escape artist of his day.  Originally an immigrant. Vocal range – G5 – C4 Anyone who is auditioning for this part should be prepared to learn sleight of hand/magic tricks.

EMMA GOLDMAN Russian born radical anarchist who fought strongly and loudly for equality for all. Vocal range – D5 to B3

EVELYN NESBIT the original Gibson girl, the Kim Kardashian of 1906. Vocal range – D5 – B3

HENRY FORD American industrialist who made his wealth with the use of the Assembly Line. Vocal range – F5 – D4

JP MORGAN Financier whose influence continues to be felt to this day. Vocal range – F5 – D4

WILLIE CONKLIN chief of the all Irish volunteer Fire Brigade.  His racism precipitates the crisis in the community.  Vocal range – F5 – D4

GRANDFATHER Mother’s father. A retired professor, irritated by everything.  















Rehearsals will primarily be held at 601 Harrington Road, Rockville MD 20850. Rehearsals are generally Sunday afternoons 4:30-8:30pm and weeknight evenings from 6:30-9:30pm. Some rehearsals will be held at neighboring locations and will be made clear once the full rehearsal schedule breakdown is sent out to the cast.

Monday, March 15
Sunday, March 22
Monday, March 30                                                                                                                                

Sunday, April 5
Monday, April 27
Wednesday, April 29

Sunday, May 3
Monday, May 4
Sunday, May 10
Monday, May 11                                                                                                                           Saturday, May 16
Sunday, May 17                                                                                                                         Monday, May 18                                                                                                                  Wednesday, May 27                                                                                                                  Saturday, May 30                                                                                                                       Sunday, May 31

Monday, June 1                                                                                                                        Tuesday, June 2                                                                                                                   Wednesday, June 3                                                                                                                 Thursday, June 4                                                                                                                       Saturday June 6

Held at the Kreeger Auditorium at the JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD 20852.

Sunday, June 7                     3:00-8:00pm
Monday, June 8                     5:00-10:00pm
Tuesday, June 9                    5:00-10:00pm
Wednesday, June 10              5:00-10:00pm
Thursday, June 11                 5:00-10:30pm (Extended time due to rehearsal photos)

Held at the Kreeger Auditorium at the JCC of Greater Washington, 6125 Montrose Rd, Rockville, MD 20852.

Friday, June 12                    7:30pm Performance
Saturday, June 13               2:00pm & 7:30pm Performances
Sunday, June 14                  1:00pm Performance

Each cast member will be allowed a total of four conflicts. 

OVATIONS THEATRE reserves the right to change the theater venue or cancel the production before rehearsals begin for any reason, returning the audition fees.  Full payment of the tuition by all cast members will be due at the first rehearsal. There are no refunds.

Location: The Elwood Smith Center located at 601 Harrington Rd, Rockville, MD 20852

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Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Time (EST) Available Slot
03/13/2020 (Fri.) 6:00pm - 7:00pm  


No dancing- dismissed after singing

1 of 5 slots filled
Jimmy McKinnon

SLOT 1 (10)

Please bring proper clothing and shoes to dance

2 of 10 slots filled
Lilly Mckinnon
Jack Rosenberg
7:00pm - 8:00pm  

SLOT 2 (10)

Please bring proper clothing and shoes to dance

4 of 10 slots filled
Brendan Hylton
David Klos
Eleanor Aposporos
Emily Thompson
8:00pm - 9:00pm  

SLOT 3 (10)

Please bring proper clothing and shoes to dance

03/15/2020 (Sun.) 4:00pm - 4:30pm  


Only for those who can't make Friday, March 13

9:00pm - 10:00pm  

SLOT 4 (10)

Please bring proper clothing and shoes to dance

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