AUDITION INFORMATION for RAGTIME!
The EPIC MUSICAL of the century!
First to do LES MISERABLES, HAIRSPRAY and SHREK-The Musical! Now we move on to a show that has been around awhile, but is still rather unknown to many. But those who do know it, know it to be an unforgettable story with unforgettable songs.
For more information on how you can be a part of it, read on…
IMPORTANT DATES for RAGTIME-The Musical
(All of these meetings will be in the auditorium, unless noted.
a. Wednesday, Sept 3 Pre-Audition Info Meeting 2:30 – 4:00 pm
b. Friday, Sept 5 2:30 – 4:00 Dance Audition for everyone who is auditioning for the cast! Also on Sept 5 4:00 – 6:00 It’s the Audition Workshop! This is an optional rehearsal time to help you prepare for the singing & acting audition. It is not required for everyone who is auditioning. Think of it as CRAM SCHOOL for your upcoming audition.
c. Sept. 8, 9, Monday – Tuesday 10 min time slot from 2:30 – 5:30 pm . It’s your Singing/Acting Auditions for all cast members. Everyone auditioning for the cast must do this audition.
d. Sept. 9, Tuesday 7:30 pm – Call Back List Posted online at wlwmusical.com. Go to the STAGE DOOR menu and click on Call Back Auditions.
e. Sept. 10 Wednesday 2:30 – 5:00 pm Call Back Rehearsal (to help you prepare for the challenging music needed in the callback audition)
f. Sept. 11, Thursday 2:30 – 5:30 pm – Call Back Auditions
g. Sept. 13, Saturday 7:00 pm – Final Cast List Posted online at wlwmusical.com
h. Sept. 15, Monday 2:30 – 5:00 pm – First rehearsal for all cast members. Plan on every day. Once the production is up and running, a new calendar will be posted every week or so, to let you know of actual dates and times of rehearsals.
i. Sept. 19, Friday 4:00 pm – Children’s Cast Auditions
j. Sept 19– check the website – Orchestra Pit Members & Tech Crew List will be posted online
November 14, 15 and 21, 22 & 23! We will present the show 5 times!
The Cast consists of 50, including the ensemble roles. Ragtime includes a fabulously diverse cast of all ages and ethnicities. Two leading children needed: one girl and one boy. Other ensemble children will be cast as well. Principal characters supported by a versatile ensemble playing several roles throughout. Most roles require strong singers and actors who move well. The ages given are the suggested ages of the characters that you will play. The letters in parentheses are the vocal range needed for the role. Example: (C4-E5 means C below middle C and the E above middle C for a male singer).
- 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)
- CHORUS: 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 BOY: Mother and Father’s son. He is open-hearted and curious with inexplicable clairvoyance. Never passes judgment on others. — Male, 8-12 yrs old
(E4 – D5)
- 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)
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]
CAST AUDITION INFORMATION
When you attend the Audition Workshop you will get to sing your songs with other students and with the piano player. You will get to practice doing some improvisations. All of these things will be actually done in your audition. This will be a very helpful time…make sure to attend.
After your workshop, you will be able to sign up for an audition time for the following week (the second week of school)!! At the audition, please bring in a typed resume that focuses on any singing, acting and/or dancing background that you might have. Focus on experiences that will benefit your career on stage. Also, please bring a photo of you so that we can see your face. It does not need to be a professional head shot picture, just one that shows your face. A school picture will do. But it needs to represents you, so make it be your best.
We will ask you to do a 1 minute acting monologue. Since this is a comedy, your monologue should be similar. We will help you find one if you can’t find one on the internet this summer.
Next, you will sing. You will choose your own song. Think serious musical theater or folk song or gospel song that fits THIS show. (As much as we love these, please, nothing from Shrek or Mary Poppins…to light for this show.) Choose something that fits your voice the best. This song should be prepared ahead of time. It must be memorized!!!!!! You will need to have sheet music for Mrs. Gleason to play from.
Mrs. Gleason is a professional and will follow you at the piano. Don’t worry about following her.
Next, SING. We want to see some acting as you sing it to us. Remember that in a show like this, the words ARE THE DIALOGUE that tells the story.
If you are interested in possibly a larger role or one that includes a vocal solo, you should also have at least ONE additional song to sing for us. As a 9th grader, this is not necessary at all. But, if you are interested in pushing yourself more, you may choose your own song from another Broadway show. Like in the real world of auditioning, please pick the BEST 16 measures of the song, and sing those for us! We will not have time for you to sing the entire song for us.
If you do choose to bring in a song of your choice, make sure you bring a clean, easy to read copy for Mrs. Gleason to play for you! She can only play what she can read.
RESUME TEMPLATE: Copy this and then make it your own!! Or click on this link for a PDF file of it. (Thanks, Ms. Page) Resume Template PDF
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TECH CREW INFORMATION
TECH CREWS, unlike the cast and the orchestra, do not have the same schedules every week. Depending on the different crews and the projects being worked on, your crews will meet as posted. We will post the crew schedules on the stage door, as well as on the TECH PAGE under the BACK DOOR TAB on our website, wlwmusical.com.
For our shows, we offer some of the most professional theatrical tech experiences available to a high school student. For SHREK, we will be renting a lot of major scenery coming in from Broadway, in NYC. We will then be building lots of other parts for the show.. It’s an amazing experience which you won’t want to miss. So much more to tell you about… go to wlwmusical.com and read more. Questions, just ask.
Here are some of the areas that we will need students working on crews. Which interest you the most?
Costumes, Lighting, Makeup, Hair & Wigs, Prosthetics, Props, Publicity, Set Construction, Set Painting, Lighting, Sound, Special Effects, Stage Management/Show Tech Crew (backstage run crew), Assistant to the Director, House Management, Art, Rigging and so much more.
Are you a former BATS crew member? Make sure and let us know that since you will then be put on the ‘experienced list’ for our crews at WLW. We have at least 6 former BATS crew members, who did Tech at WLW, and now are in university studying it professionally. Some are already working in the entertainment business. It’s the place to be!!