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AUDITION NOTICE

RAGTIME: The Musical

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June 2-11, 2017 at Centrepointe Theatre

(Matinees on Sunday June 4 and Sunday June 11 at 2:00 pm. No performance on Monday June 5.)

AUDITION DATES & TIMES

Info meeting, auditions, call backs and rehearsals take place at: Orpheus House - 17 Fairmont Avenue, Ottawa ON

INFORMATION MEETING:  Monday, March 20, 2016 at 7:30 pm

AUDITIONS:  Tuesday, March 21 - Friday, March 24 (6pm / 7pm / 8pm time slots)

CHILDREN'S ONLY AUDITIONS:  Tuesday, March 21

Please note:  If you are interested in the role of young Coalhouse Walker III, a formal audition is not required, however we would like to see you at 6:00pm on any audition date listed above. Call for more info.

CALL BACKS:  Saturday, March 25 (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

FIRST REHEARSAL:  DATE TBD (Will be sometime the week of March 27 - March 31)

HOW TO BOOK YOUR AUDITION

ORPHEUS MEMBERS:  As of Monday, March 6, 2017
NON-MEMBERS:           As of Monday, March 13, 2017

EMAIL:  auditions@orpheus-theatre.ca    or...    CALL:  613-729-4318

(If leaving a voicemail or emailing, please provide more than once choice of day/time in case your first choice is not available.)

Once casting is complete, you will be advised of the outcome of your audition either by phone or by email. Because casting news is confidential until complete, we would ask you to please refrain from discussing this information, especially when online on Facebook, Twitter or any other popular social media sites until after the first rehearsal. Orpheus will make a public announcement on Social Media, at which point you are welcome to share the news. A member of the production team will advise you when this happens. 

ABOUT THE SHOW

Book by Terrence McNally
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Based on the novel "RAGTIME" by E. L. Doctorow

Ragtime is a sweeping powerful musical about a restless time in American history. It is an intimate story of love, loss and growing up for three distinct groups of society. At the core of the action is the dynamic intersection of the journeys of a Harlem musician named Coalhouse Walker, a European immigrant named Tateh and a wealthy New York family. Add real -life personalities, Harry Houdini, Henry Ford, JP Morgan, Booker T. Washington, Emma Goldman and Evelyn Nesbitt to the mix along with spine-tingling, emotion-wrenching and inspirational music and you have the recipe for an uplifting theatrical experience.

AUDITION FORM, READINGS & PROCESS

AUDITION READINGS:
(Click on a reading to view/print. Copies will be available at the auditions.)

  • Auditions are by appointment only. 
  • All auditionees will learn a short dance routine and perform it as a group for the directing team. Following the dance audition, each person will sing and read individually (the dance portion of the audition is mandatory, but non-trained dancers needn’t worry -just try your best).
  • Please arrive a few minutes before your appointed time. The Production Assistant will support all auditionees by providing forms, taking reference photos, submitting music for the accompanist, and generally keeping things organized. 

MUSIC INFO

  • No a cappella or self-accompanied auditions.
  • An accompanist will be provided for each audition. Auditionees must bring a printed copy of their music in the preferred key, with bass lines intact (please do not ask the accompanist to transpose your piece).
  • Vocal range may or may not be checked by the musical director as part of the audition process.

DANCE INFO

  • Please wear comfortable clothes and bring jazz shoes, character shoes or runners that are easy to move in (if needed, please do your own vocal warm-up and stretching prior to the audition).

CHARACTER DESCRIPTIONS

LEGEND:
[VR] Vocal Range    [A] Range of playing age
[N] Numbers    [S] Solo   [S/D] Solo/Duet    [S/T] Solo/Trio    
[S/E] Solo/Ensemble    [D] Duet    [E] Ensemble
[NR] New Rochelle elite    [H] Harlem    [I] Immigrant    [His] Historical, may not be connected to a grp.

COALHOUSE WALKER [H]

Main character in the African-American [Harlem] storyline whose character’s determined pursuit of justice and love results in tragedy yet hope.

VR [G3-B5]     N [5S,2S/E,1S/D,1E]    A [mid 20’s to mid thirties]

- Comfortable moving, strong performer/showman

MOTHER [NR]

Central character in the New Rochelle [privileged class] storyline who is abandoned by her husband for a year as he attempts to find himself exploring the Arctic but in his absence, she discovers her potential as family provider, displays her compassion and finds her voice.

VR [G3-E5]    N [3S, 1S/T, 2D,1S/E, 2E]      A [30-40]

TATEH [I]

Main character in the Immigrant storyline representing their struggle for survival in the early 1900’s in America whose family in the end symbolizes the mosaic that has since become the American  family.

VR [A3-F5]    N [4S, 1 S/T, 2 S/E, 2D, 2E]      A [30-45]

- Comfortable moving

SARAH [H]

Uneducated but pure whose love for Coalhouse leads to desperate measures and tragic consequences.

VR [G3-F5]    N [2S, 1S/D,1D,2E]    A [18-25]

- Comfortable moving

YOUNGER BROTHER [NR]

Mother’s brother whose search for meaning and love lead to Coalhouse, Emma Goldman and Evelyn Nesbit and conflict with Father.

VR [B3-F5]    N [ S/D, 1S/E, 3E]    A [20-30]

FATHER [NR]

Takes Mother for granted, pursues Arctic exploration alone  for a year on a whim, initially uncomfortable with African-Americans but does change.

VR [A3-F5]    N [1S, 1S/T, 2S/E, 2E]    A [30-40 - might be used in other E numbers]

LITTLE BOY [NR]

Only has significant relationship with Mother, befriends Tateh’s daughter, accepts Coalhouse III as a brother, often acts as narrator of the story sometimes with comic result, matures significantly over the course of the action.

VR [   ]    N [1S/E, 3E]    A [9-13]

LITTLE GIRL [I]

Minimal speaking role, matures considerably over the course of the action.

VR [C4-D5]   N [1S/E, 3E]   A [9-13]

GRANDFATHER [NR]

Mother’s father whose health is failing and often has no filter when speaking which often adds a touch of levity.

VR [no solos]     N [3E minimum]    A [60-70]

WILLIE CONKLIN

Racist fireman responsible for the action fuelling  Coalhouse’s demand for justice/retribution.

VR [D4-F5]    N [1S/E, 3E minimum]    A [30’s]

EVELYN NESBIT [His]

Chorus girl who is the main character in a subplot involving the trial of her husband for the murder of her lover, the object of Younger Brother’s lust-filled thoughts and actions as he searches for love

VR [B3-D5]    N [ 3S/E. 1E]   A[ 18-25 ]

HARRY HOUDINI [His] 

Immigrant success story, international entertainer who was oblivious to the impending world war.

VR [C4-G5]    N [3S?e, 1E]     A [25-35]

HENRY FORD [His]

Illustrates how invention can not only lead to financial success but change society as a whole, Tateh mirrors him on a smaller scale.

VR [D4-F5], N [1S/E, 3E minimum]

EMMA GOLDMAN [His]

Reknowned abrasive anarchist/trade unionist with socialist leanings who, unlike Mother, seems to constantly have an axe to grind,[ e.g. worker’s or women’s rights ]

VR [ E3-D5]    N [ 1S/E, 2E minimum]     A [35-45]

BOOKER T. WASHINGTON [His]

Prime promoter of non-violent protest plus co-operation with those in power [His] and the use of education to improve the lot of the African-American, antithesis of second act Coalhouse until the end.

VR [C4-E5]    N [1S, 2S/E, 2E minimum]    A [50-70]

JP MORGAN [His]

Best known, most successful financier in America

VR [     ]      N [1S/E,  3E minimum]    A  [55-70]

Coalhouse Walker III

3/4 year old offspring of Sarah and Coalhouse, enters only at the very end of the show, ideally would like to cast three children so they would not be required every night at 9:30 p.m. just to do a walk on.

CHORUS 

ACT I - 8 numbers / ACT II - 4 Numbers

**There are many cameo speaking roles that will also be filled by chorus members.***

NEW ROCHELLE/IMMIGRANT CHORUS

10-14 needed -- 5-7 Males, 5-7 Females - comfortable moving, little technical dance required.

HARLEM CHORUS

8-10 needed -- 4-5 Males, 4-5 Females - very comfortable moving perhaps even improvisational, more demanding movement.