Big Noise Theatre Company
Daiva Paulis, prod.
Casting the musical "Ragtime." Project description: "Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime tells the story of three groups in the United States in the early 20th century: African Americans, upper-class suburbanites, and Eastern European immigrants. Historical figures including Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, Booker T. Washington, J. P. Morgan, Henry Ford and Emma Goldman are represented in the stories."
Rehearsal and Production Dates & Locations
Rehearsals begin Late February/early March 2014; runs April 25-May 11, 2014 at Prairie Lakes Community Center Theater in Des Plaines, IL.
Compensation & Union Contract Details
Big Noise offers all cast members participation in its CAST (Comp Assisted STipend) program. Each cast member will be provided with ticket vouchers, which may be sold at full value of $28.00 each. The proceeds from the tickets may be kept by the performer providing a potential stipend.
Seeking Talent Select a role below for more information and submission instructions.
Mother (Chorus / Ensemble):
Female, 30-40, Caucasian
beautiful Victorian housewife and mother, begins to question everything and finds her inner strength and voice, Mezzo to a low G with a stro...
Father (Chorus / Ensemble):
Male, 40-50, Caucasian
genteel Victorian WASP husband and father, moral, but rigid and clings to the status quo, Tenor.
Little Boy (Chorus / Ensemble):
Male, 8-12, Caucasian
Mother and Father's son, open-hearted and curious with inexplicable clairvoyance, range: E4 - D5.
Little Girl (Chorus / Ensemble):
Female, 7-10, Caucasian
Tateh's daughter, confused and vulnerable, Latvian-American, range: C4 - Bb4.
Sarah (Chorus / Ensemble):
Female, 20-25, African Descent, African American
an innocent, she wants nothing more than to marry Coalhouse and raise their son together, Soprano with a powerful mix.
Coalhouse Walker, Jr. (Chorus / Ensemble):
Male, 30-39, African Descent, African American
charismatic, proud ragtime piano player, becomes militant and violent after his property is vandalized and his love Sarah is murdered, Barit...
Younger Brother (Chorus / Ensemble):
Males & Females, 20-29, Caucasian
passionate, romantic searching for a cause to give his life some meaning, causes range from pursuing Evelyn Nesbitt to anarchism, Tenor.
Male, 35-55, Caucasian
Latvian immigrant in search of the American Dream for his young daughter, in his 30s but appears much older, Tenor.
Emma Goldman (Chorus / Ensemble):
Female, 40-49, Caucasian
fiery Lithuanian anarchist, the voice of the oppressed and the disenfranchised, must have a commanding voice and presence, Alto.
Evelyn Nesbit (Chorus / Ensemble):
Female, 20-25, Caucasian
regarded as “the most beautiful woman in the world”, an artists' model turned chorine, she became infamous when her husband murdered her lov...
Houdini (Chorus / Ensemble):
Male, 24-39, Caucasian
the world's greatest escape artist, a symbol of escape and freedom for immigrants, but he is plagued by self-doubt, Tenor.
Booker T. Washington (Supporting):
Male, 40-55, All Ethnicities
orator, civil rights pioneer, rejected activism and violence as means by which to gain equality, Baritone.
Henry Ford (Background / Extra):
Male, 40-55, Caucasian
automaker who pioneered the modern assembly line, the symbol for Midwestern ingenuity-little education, but plenty of gumption, Baritone.
JP Morgan (Chorus / Ensemble):
Male, 50-60, Caucasian
elitist banking mogul and art collector, imposing in stature and persona, secretly believed he was reincarnated from the Egyptian Pharaohs, ...
Grandfather (Chorus / Ensemble):
Male, 55-69, Caucasian
Mother's aging WASP father, complains constantly, Baritone.
Willie Conklin (Chorus / Ensemble):
Male, 30-49, Caucasian
Irish-American fire chief, a racist thug, Baritone.
Seeking submissions from: Wilmette, IL
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