Auditions Announced for RAGTIME at Dayton Playhouse

DPH_logoMonday & Tuesday, March 13 & 14 from 7-10pm at Dayton Playhouse – 1301 E Siebenthaler Ave, Dayton, Ohio 45414.

Direction by Matthew Smith
Production Stage Manager Dawn Roth Smith
Producer Tina McPhearson
Musical Direction by Ron Kindell
Choreography by Nabachwa Ssensalo-Harris
Guest Choreography by Michael Shepherd
Assistant Director Dodie Lockwood
Scenic Design by Chris Red Newman
Costume Design by Theresa Kahle
Lighting Design by John Falkenbach
Sound Design by Bob Kovach
Properties by Heather Campbell Martin

RAGTIME will play Friday & Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm from May 5 to 21, 2017 at the Dayton Playhouse

Audition Requirements:

  • Prepare 1 minute of a contemporary musical theatre song for the primary audition, and bring a second selection as a backup. PLEASE DO NOT SING A SONG FROM THE SHOW.
  • Bring sheet music in your key; an accompanist will be provided. A CD with an accompaniment-only track is also acceptable, provided it is edited and cued correctly. No a cappella auditions.
  • Please also wear or bring comfortable dance attire, as all auditioners will be required to learn a short dance/movement combination
  • There will also be cold reading from the script.
  • All those auditioning are encouraged to provide a résumé of their onstage experience to auditions.
  • Please bring a list of all potential conflicts including travel, etc. Any conflicts with the schedule must be discussed with the Producer and agreed to by the Director before casting can be confirmed.
  • Open call auditions. No appointment necessary. There is NO PAY.

DANCERS are encouraged to audition as well. There are a limited number of parts available for non-singing dancers. Those interested in the DANCE CALL only should come prepared to dance at 8pm either night. ALL STYLES.

Character Breakdown with Ranges:

FROM MTI WEBSITE – Age descriptions mostly irrelevant

Booker T. Washington
the dominant figure in the Black community of the United States at the turn of the century
Gender: male
Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Ensemble
To play Citizens of New Rochelle and Harlem, Coalhouse supporters, reporters, and various other supporting roles

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
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: B5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Emma Goldman
the Russian born radical anarchist in early 1900’s New York City
Gender: female
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: E3

Evelyn Nesbit
the beautiful vaudeville performer, famous for the murder of her high profile lover by her rich husband
Gender: female
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: B3

Father
Rich. Conservative. Staunch in his ways but not intentionally unkind.
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Grandfather
mother’s conservative father. A retired professor. Irritated by everything.
Gender: male
Age: 50 to 65

Henry Ford
an American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company
Gender: male
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: D4

Houdini
the famous magician who immigrated to America and made a name for himself largely as an escape artist
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: G5
Vocal range bottom: C4

J.P. Morgan
the rich, famous financier
Gender: male
Age: 60 to 65

Little Boy
Mother and Father’s son. He is open-hearted and curious with inexplicable clairvoyance. Never passes judgement on others.
Gender: male
Age: 8 to 12
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: E4

Little Girl
Tateh’s daughter, a young Latvian girl in a new home
Gender: female
Age: 7 to 10
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: C4

Mother
A strong, kind woman who defies social norms to do the things she feels are right
Gender: female
Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range top: E5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Sarah
A washwoman who is adopted into Mother’s home when Mother finds Sarah’s baby in the garden
Gender: female
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: G3

Sarah’s Friend
A friend of Sarah’s who attends her funeral
Gender: female
Age: 18 to 25
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: D3

Tateh
A haggard, Latvian immigrant who dreams the “American Dream” for himself and his daughter
Gender: male
Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: A3

Willie Conklin
A racist volunteer fireman who destroys Coalhouse’s car
Gender: male
Age: 25 to 40
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: D4

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.
Gender: male
Age: 20 to 30
Vocal range top: F5
Vocal range bottom: B3

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