Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel “Ragtime” By E.L. Doctorow
Presented through Special Arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
Winner! 1998 Tony Award for Original Musical Score
Nominee! 1998 Tony Award for Best Musical
Winner! 1998 Tony Award for Best Original Score
Winner! 1998 Tony Award for Best Orchestrations
Winner! 1998 Tony Award Book of a Musical
Winner! 1998 Drama Desk Award for Best Book of a Musical
Winner! 1998 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Musical
Winner! 1998 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lyrics
Winner! 1998 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Broadway Musical
Audition Dates: January 29 & 30 at 7 pm (Possible Callbacks January 31 at 7 pm. No Appointment Necessary – this is an open call)
Production Dates: April 5 – 21, 2024
Director: Sabrina Lynn Gore
Music Director: Erin Ragonese
Choreographer: Kassie Meiler
Where: The Lake Worth Playhouse – 713 Lake Ave, Lake Worth Beach, Florida 33460
What to Prepare: Please prepare 32 bars of a song in the style of the show that displays your vocal range. An accompanist will be provided or you can bring your own tracks. Please bring appropriate dancewear as some actors may be put through a basic dance audition. Actors may also be asked to read from the script.
About the Show: This musical tapestry depicts an African-American family, a Jewish immigrant family, and a wealthy white suburban family in turn-of-the-century America, who collide in pursuit of the American Dream. Nominated for 13 Tony Awards® including “Best Musical,” and winning for “Best Original Score” and “Best Book of a Musical,” Ragtime is a powerful portrait of life during the turn of the century, exploring America’s timeless contradictions of freedom and prejudice, wealth, and poverty, hope and despair.
Available Roles (The Lake Worth Playhouse encourages people of all races, abilities, and genders to audition for the roles they most identify with.):
Coalhouse Walker Jr. (African American, 20s to 30s): A proud, sophisticated musician who fights to follow the law of the land as it continually turns its back on him. He only wants to be heard and have vindication, but even that is denied him.
Sarah (African American, 20s to 30s): The love of Coalhouse Walker’s life who is taken into Mother’s home when her newborn baby is found in Mother’s garden.
Mother (Caucasian, 30s to 40s): a strong, kind woman who defies social norms to do the things she believes are correct
Father (Caucasian, 30s to 40s): Conservative, well-traveled, but does not understand why his life and everything around him is changing. A Traditionalist.
Younger Brother (Caucasian, Late Teens to Early 20s): a young man in search of his reason for living
Little Boy (Caucasian, Approx 8 to 12): Mother & Father’s son. Wise beyond his years, an interested and prescient observer of all that goes on around him.
Grandfather (Caucasian, 50s to 60s): Mother’s father. A retired professor, irritated by everything
Tateh (Caucasian, 30s to 40s): An immigrant who travels under great hardship to America to search for his dream.
Little Girl (Caucasian, Approx 10 to 14): Tateh’s daughter. Still reeling from the death of her mother and leaving her home, she speaks very little.
Booker T. Washington (African American, 30s to 40s): The dominant figure in the Black community of the United States at the turn of the 20th century. Founder of the Tuskegee Institute.
Emma Goldman (Caucasian, 30s to 40s): Russian-born radical anarchist who fought strongly and loudly for equality for all
Evelyn Nesbit (Caucasian, 20s): the original Gibson girl, the Kim Kardashian of 1906.
Harry Houdini (Caucasian, 20s to 30s): The most famous escape artist of his day. Originally an immigrant.
Willie Conklin (Caucasian, 20s to 30s): Chief of the all-Irish Volunteer Fire Brigade. His racism precipitates the crisis in the community. Also a member of the ensemble.
Other Characters And Ensemble Members (All races, ages, and genders): Include Historical Figures, Soloists, Baseball Fans, Coalhouse Supporters, Firemen, Immigrants, Citizens Of New Rochelle, Reporters, Vacationers, Citizens Of Harlem, And Many More.
For questions, to request further information and for video submissions contact Artistic Director Daniel Eilola at email@example.com
The Lake Worth Playhouse encourages people of all races, abilities, and genders to audition for the roles they most identify with. The Lake Worth Playhouse strives to make all of our staff and volunteers feel valued, appreciated, and free to be who they are at work regardless of gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, disability status, citizenship, or any other aspect which makes them unique. Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or if there are any accommodations we can provide.
The Lake Worth Playhouse is a non-profit community theatre that provides entertainment, education and opportunities for artistic expression through volunteerism and community involvement and support.