Audition Details: Ragtime

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Audition Announcement: Ragtime

Performed at the Community Arts Center

The Community Theatre League in Williamsport is holding open auditions for:

Audition for Ragtime

Ragtime: The Musical

Book by Terrance McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
based on "Ragtime" by E. L. Doctorow





Audition Information:

Audition Dates: December 19 & 20 at 7:00pm

Production Dates: April 1 - 3, 2022 at the Community Arts Center
Director: Seth Sponhouse
Music Director: Diana Welshans
Choreographer: Kat Shondeck

About the Show:
At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible. 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.

About Auditions:

Prepare up to a minute of music from Ragtime

Come ready to move, a movement audition will follow the singing audition.

*Select auditionees will be asked to stay after the movement audition to participate in readings.*


Coalhouse Walker, Jr: A proud and talented pianist, confident and stubborn. Sophisticated with a romantic demeanor and a gentle heart. Should be able to move. Piano playing helpful but not essential.
Male, 25-35
Ethnicity: African Descent, African American
Vocal Range: Ab to G, with a sustained high F#

Mother: The consummate wife and mother, a kind woman who is gentle, compassionate, optimistic, and accepting of others.
Female, 30-40
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Vocal Range: Lyric Soprano / Mezzo with strong mix, low G to high Eb on staff

Father: Mother's professionally successful husband, cautious, resistant to change, fancies himself an amateur explorer.
Male, 35-50
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Vocal Range: Baritone, B to E on staff

Tateh: An immigrant, intelligent, passionate, and creative artist. Full of drive and heart. Wears the trials and tribulations of his past on his sleeve. Eastern European / Latvian dialect.
Male, 30-40
Ethnicity: Eastern European / Jewish / Latvian-American
Vocal Range: Baritone / Tenor, Db to high F#

Sarah's Friend / Ensemble: Passionate, soulful, sings the gospel number for Sarah's funeral.
Female, any age
Ethnicity: African Descent, African American
Vocal Range: Gospel Lyric Soprano or Alto, low G to stratospheric scat top note

Emma Goldman / Ensemble: Eastern European / Jewish immigrant, anarchist
Female 35-60
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Vocal Range: Alto, low G# to Db

Harry Houdini / Ensemble: Hungarian immigrant, internationally famous magician
Male, 30-40
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Vocal Range: Tenor, middle C to high G

Evelyn Nesbit / Ensemble: Vaudevillian performer, the “Marilyn Monroe of her time.”
Female, 20-30
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Vocal Range: Soprano / Belter, middle C to Db

Willie Conklin / Ensemble: Irish-American fire chief who is racist and takes out his anger on Coalhouse.
Male, 30-45
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Vocal Range: Tenor / Baritenor

Booker T Washington, Henry Ford, JP Morgan, Admiral Peary, Matthew Henson, Judge, Grandfather, Kathleen, Brigit, Attorneys, Bureaucrats, Reporters, Baseball Fans, people of New Rochelle / Harlem / Union Square, Factory Workers, Firemen, Demonstrators, Vacationers


Little Boy: An earnest boy who has grown up in privilege. Open hearted to people that are different from him and has the precocious innocence of youth.
Male, 10-12 years old
Ethnicity: Caucasian
Vocal Range: voice not yet changed

All roles, unless otherwise announced, are open. CTL encourages anyone who is interested to audition and is always eager to welcome new faces and fresh talent to its stage. Except as specifically required by the author for certain roles, The Community Theatre League has a non-discrimination casting policy, open to members of all races, sexes, creeds, orientations, and abilities. We encourage members of diverse backgrounds and abilities to audition for our productions.