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Auditions for 2nd Star's production of 'Ragtime'

Event Date: 
February 20, 2018 - 7:00pm - February 21, 2018 - 7:00pm

Come out and audition for the much-acclaimed, award-winning 2nd Star Productions in Bowie, MD for our summer musical Ragtime.

Based on the novel of the same name by E.L. Doctrow, Ahren’s and Flaherty’s Ragtime is a compelling epic capturing the American experience at the turn of the 20th century. Tracking three diverse families in pursuit of the American dream in the volatile “melting pot” of turn-of-the-century New York, Ragtime confronts the dialectic contradictions inherent in American reality: experiences of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair. Over the course of the show, the worlds of a wealthy white couple, a Jewish immigrant father and his motherless daughter, and an African American ragtime musician intertwine. Together, they discover the surprising interconnections of the human heart, the limitations of justice and the unsettling consequences when dreams are permanently deferred. Featuring many of the historical figures that built and shaped turn-of-the-century America, including J.P. Morgan, Emma Goldman, Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit and Henry Ford, this musical sweeps across the diversity of the American experience to create a stirring epic that captures the beats of the American experience: the marches, the cakewalks and - of course, the ragtime.

Directed by Nathan Bowen

Produced by Jane Wingard

Music Direction by Emily Taylor

Choreography by Anwar Thomas

Auditions/Callbacks Info:

Auditions are Tuesday February 20th and Wednesday February 21st at 7 pm at the Bowie Playhouse in Bowie, MD (16500 Whitemarsh Park Dr, Bowie, MD 20715). Callbacks will be Thursday February 22nd at 7 pm.

Those who wish to audition may attend either the Tuesday or Wednesday dates. Please keep Thursday night clear in case you are called back. If you are needed for callbacks, you will be notified by phone and/or email by 10 AM Thursday morning. Most actors who are cast will not be called back Thursday night; it is only to test selected actors against each other before final casting is complete.

Regular rehearsals will be held on Tuesday nights (7-10 pm), Thursday nights (7-10 pm), and Saturdays (11-3 pm) beginning early-to-mid March. Not all actors will be required for all regular rehearsals.

Technical rehearsals run each weeknight and each weekend day from May 21st through May 31st.

Performances are June 1-30, Fridays through Sundays. Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm, call time of 7 pm, and Sundays are 3 pm with a call time of 2 pm. Our closing performance on Saturday June 30th is a 3 pm matinee with a call time of 2 pm.

Audition Preparation:

- If you have one, please bring a theatrical resume and a headshot (professional quality not necessary) or a clear recent face picture for the casting team.

- Please bring a written list of any and all possible conflicts that you have or may have between the beginning of March and May 21st. No conflicts can be accepted for dates between May 21st and June 30th.

- Prepare a vocal piece, 16-32 bars in length, that shows vocal range and provide sheet music in the correct key. Please do not use selections from this show. An accompanist will be provided.

- Acting auditions will be cold reading from the script. No advance monologue is required.

- Please come prepared to learn a short dance combination with clothes and shoes you can comfortably and safely move in.

- Those called back may be asked sing a selection from the score. It is suggested that you familiarize yourself with the score.

For additional questions concerning auditions, feel free to e-mail us at [email protected].

Character Breakdown:

Coalhouse (low to mid-30’s, powerful rich baritone with strong high notes: A proud and talented pianist. He is sophisticated, with a romantic demeanor and gentle heart though an intimidating build. African-American.

Sarah (20s, alto): Washwoman. Sarah is beautiful and filled with a strong will to live fueled by an innocent spirit. Falls deeply in love with Coalhouse after much resistance. African-American.

Mother (20s to 30s, mezzo-soprano with a strong belt): The consummate wife and mother. A kind woman with incredible moral fiber. Refined, intelligent, and graceful. She is accepting of others.

Father (30s to 40s, baritone with good high notes): Mother's professionally successful husband. Fancies himself an amateur explorer and enjoys being the family breadwinner.

Younger Brother (20s, baritone): Mother's younger brother. With his wiry frame and obsessive personality, he is an erratic soul. Influenced greatly by Goldman's teachings.

Grandfather (50+, baritone): Mother's very conservative father. He is a retired professor and easily irritated by nearly everything.

Little Boy (8 to 12, tenor): Mother and Father's son. He is open-hearted and curious with inexplicable clairvoyance. Never passes judgement on others.

Tateh (30 to 40, tenor): The haggard artist and father. He wears the trials and tribulations of his past on his sleeve, but remains optimistic. Full of genuine drive and heart. Latvian-American.

Little Girl (8 to 11, sopranno): Tateh's daughter. A confused and vulnerable child in a brand-new home, she is guarded and shy. Loves her father very much. Latvian-American.

Emma Goldman (mid to upper 30s to 40s, alto): Social activist. With an unapologetically demanding presence, she is a leader and powerful woman. Russian-American.

Evelyn Nesbit (18 to 20s, messo-soprano): Beautiful vaudeville performer. Thrust into the limelight after the high profile murder of her lover, the entire world is her stage.

Harry Houdini (20s to 30s, baritone): The famous magician. With dark features and notable physical ability, he stands as a symbol of the 'American Dream.' Hungarian-American.

Booker T. Washington (mid 40’s to 50s, baritone): Incredibly intelligent social activist. He is an eloquent and articulate gentleman with no patience for Black Americans leading less than exemplary lives.

Henry Ford (30s to 40s, tenor): Innovator, inventor of the Model T Ford.

A Number of Featured Roles and Ensemble: A large ensemble of all ages, types, and levels of experience. Baseball Fans; Coalhouse Supporters; Firemen; Harlem Citizens, Immigrants To America; New Rochelle Citizens; Reporters; Vacationers.


Bowie Playhouse
16500 White Marsh Park Drive Bowie, MD 20715
United States