The Strathclair Drama Club is currently preparing for their thirtieth annual production. Over the years, the Drama Club has come to be known to audiences as a place where artistic talent is cultivated and showcased through the annual musical productions. For club members, it has become a place where everyone’s artistic ability has a chance to grow and flourish, and where long time friendships develop. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Strathclair Drama Club, the 2012 play has been deemed a “reunion” play. As such, we are calling all past, present, and future drama members to sign up to work behind the scenes or audition for this exciting musical experience!
Ragtime – the Musical is based on L.L. Doctorow’s novel Ragtime. The operetta is set during the turn of the twentieth century in America. It features three distinct chorus groups: the people of New Rochelle, including the well-to-do family of Father, a fireworks manufacturer, Mother, Little Boy, Mother’s Younger Brother, and Grandfather; the people of Harlem, which includes a ragtime pianist named Coalhouse Walker, his girlfriend, Sarah; and the immigrants from Ellis Island, namely Tateh and his little girl.
Thrown into the mix of diverse characters includes those based on real-life history makers, such as: Booker T Washington, Harry Houdini, J.P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Evelyn Nesbit, & Emma Goldman. Throughout the play, the three groups become intertwined in a complex and gripping storyline. Paths cross in unimaginable ways, offering the audience a moving, funny, and tragic storyline, as well as a hope for the future that is yet to be.
Auditions for Ragtime – the Musical will be held at the Bend Theatre in Strathclair in the evening on Friday October 14th and in the morning and afternoon of Saturday, October 15th. There are 16 lead and supporting parts along with roles for over 40 people. There are parts for adults, teens and children. Specific children’s roles are for children within the following ranges: a 3-5 year old boy, a 5-8 year old girl, and a 8-12 year old boy.
For more information, to book an audition, or to sign up for consideration in the chorus, please call Producer Clare Branson at 365-2213 between 5:00 and 9:00 pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in a lead/supporting role, or are new to the club, you must book an audition time. Those auditioning must prepare one vocal selection of your own choice approximately 3 minutes in length as well as one spoken selection approximately 1 minute in length. If you are new and only interested in chorus work, please only prepare a song. If you are interested in the chorus and have been in the drama club before, you are still asked to call and register.
Please be advised that while we do not want to turn anyone away, we are working with limited stage space. In the event that there is an overwhelming interest in the production, we may not be able to cast everyone in a role or chorus. If you are interested in signing up to be a part of a crew (such as backstage, lights/sound, costumes, props, makeup): please contact Clare Branson.
By: Courtney Newton and Beccy Ardiel