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298 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, NJ 07649

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Bergen County Players, inc.

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Ragtime: Auditions

When
 
Tuesday, June 7, 7:30PM – General Auditions (vocal and dance) 
Thursday, June 9, 7:30PM – General Auditions (vocal and dance) 
Sunday, June 12, 10AM – General Auditions (vocal and dance)

Call-backs: (by invitation only)
Callbacks will include readings from the script and singing a song from the show.

 
One of the most ambitious projects ever produced by the Bergen County Players, Ragtime: The Musical will open BCP's 90th season and perform to the public Saturday, September 17 thru Saturday, October 15. Press opening is September 16. 
 
Nominated for 13 Tony Awards®, and winning for Best Original Score, Best Book of a Musical, and Best Orchestrations, Ragtime: The Musical was called by TIME Magazine "A triumph for the stage," and by the International Herald Tribune "the best musical in twenty years."
 
Based on the best-selling novel by E.L. Doctorow, this acclaimed musical tapestry is filled with pageantry, emotion, and hope, bursting onto the stage like no other musical. It depicts an African American family, a Jewish immigrant family, and a wealthy suburban WASP family, who collide in pursuit of the American Dream at the turn-of-the-century. Ragtime offers a powerful portrait exploring America’s timeless contradictions of freedom and prejudice, wealth, and poverty, hope and despair. 
 
Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Once on This Island, Seussical and Lucky Stiff), noted playwright Terrence McNally (The Full Monty, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Catch Me If You Can), Ragtime: The Musical will bring together a multi-ethnic cast of characters, portrayed by both BCP veterans and newcomers alike who together will bring the show to life with enthusiasm and ardor.
 
Rehearsals: Rehearsals are scheduled to begin immediately following the audition process and will run on weeknights and at least one weekend day (Saturday or Sunday) to start. All rehearsals will take place at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell, N.J. Public performance dates are September 17 thru October 15, 2022 (performances are Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons). We ask that Thursday, October 6 and 13 are held open for potential benefit evening performances. 
 
General Requirements: A headshot/picture is appreciated but not required. Please prepare an excerpt of a song (16-32 bars) not from RAGTIME that best represents your voice and bring sheet music for the accompanist in the proper key. A contemporary Broadway or pop genre song is preferred but not required. No a cappella or recorded music auditions please. Those auditioning should also dress comfortably and be prepared to learn a brief dance routine. Basic choreography will be taught that will reflect the style of the show.  It will not be necessary to change into dance attire. NO ROLES HAVE BEEN PRE-CAST; ALL ROLES ARE OPEN. Please be prepared to share all known conflicts on your audition form.  
 
If cast, all non-member adults will be required to become a BCP Associate Member for $36.00. All minors will be required to become a BCP Junior Member for $5.00.
 
Based on BCP's desire to keep its members and patrons safe, anyone involved with a live BCP production must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and be willing to provide proof of vaccination. This policy covers all members of a production including performers, musicians, crew, artistic staff and anyone whose job is dependent upon in-person interaction. 
 
Bergen County Players encourages and is committed to a diverse and inclusive theater experience.  Unless otherwise specified, BCP will cast any actor in any role if appropriate, without regard to race, ethnicity, gender identity, age, physicality or disability. Casting will be character-driven; therefore, actors are encouraged to audition for any roles in which they are interested.
 
Where

Bergen County Players
298 Kinderkamack Road
Oradell, NJ 07649

Roles
BCP is seeking an ethnically diverse cast of men and women ages 16 - 65+.  Additionally, there are two principal roles for children (boy and girl – stage age 8 – 12).
 
ADULT CASTING
Coalhouse Walker, Jr: A proud and talented pianist, confident and stubborn. Sophisticated with a romantic demeanor and a gentle heart. Should be able to move. Piano playing helpful but not essential.
Male, 25-35, African Descent, African American
Vocal Range: Ab to G, with a sustained high F#
 
Sarah: A washwoman, filled with a strong will to live fueled by an innocent spirit, falls deeply in love with Coalhouse after much resistance.
Female, 20-25, African Descent, African American
Vocal Range: Lyric Soprano with strong mix, low G# to high F# on staff
 
Mother: The consummate wife and mother, a kind woman who is gentle, compassionate, optimistic, and accepting of others.
Female, 35-45, Caucasian
Vocal Range: Lyric Soprano / Mezzo with strong mix, low G to high Eb on staff
 
Father: Mother's professionally successful husband, cautious, resistant to change, fancies himself an amateur explorer.
Male, 35-45, Caucasian
Vocal Range: Baritone, B to E on staff
 
Mother’s Younger Brother: A passionate anarchist, he is intense, obsessive, and high strung, influenced by Emma Goldman's teachings.
Male, 20-30, Caucasian
Vocal Range: Tenor / Baritone with strong top range, B to high F#
 
Tateh: A Jewish, Latvian immigrant, intelligent, passionate, and creative artist. Full of drive and heart. Wears the trials and tribulations of his past on his sleeve. Lives for his daughter. Eastern European dialect.
Male, 30-40, Caucasian
Vocal Range: Baritone / Tenor, Db to high F#
 
Grandfather: Mother's patrician father. He is a retired professor, and easily irritated by nearly everything.
Male, 60-75, Caucasian
 
Sarah's Friend: Passionate, soulful, sings the gospel number for Sarah's funeral.
Female, any age, African Descent, African American
Vocal Range: Gospel Lyric Soprano or Alto, low G to stratospheric scat top note
 
Emma Goldman: Social activist. Eastern European / Jewish immigrant, anarchist. Originally from Russia, she is a leader, a fearless advocate for the oppressed.
Female 35-55, Caucasian
Vocal Range: Alto, low G# to Db
 
Harry Houdini: Hungarian immigrant, internationally famous magician. With notable physical ability, he stands as a symbol of the 'American Dream.'
Male, 30-40, Caucasian
Vocal Range: Tenor, middle C to high G
 
Evelyn Nesbit: Beautiful vaudvillian performer, the “Marylin Monroe of her time.” Famous for the murder of her high profile lover by her rich husband.
Female, 18-25, Caucasian
Vocal Range: Soprano / Belter, middle C to Db
 
Willie Conklin: Irish-American fire chief who is racist and takes out his anger on Coalhouse.
Male, 25-40, Caucasian
Vocal Range: Tenor / Baritenor, D4 to F5
 
Booker T. Washington: Brilliant Black social activist. The dominant figure in the African American community of the United States at the turn of the century. 
Male, 45-55, African Descent, African American
Vocal range: D3 to Eb4
 
Henry Ford: An American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company.
Male, 35-45, Caucasian
Vocal Range: D4 to F5 
 
J.P. Morgan: The rich, famous financier. THIS ACTOR WILL DOUBLE AS ADMIRAL PEARY.
Male, 60-65, Caucasian
 
Adult Chorister Roles: Looking to cast three diverse groups to depict three distinct lifestyles in turn of the century New York City; Harlem, Lower East Side and New Rochelle.  Parts include Admiral Peary, Matthew Henson, Stanford White, Charles S. Whitman, Harry K. Thaw, Judge, Kathleen, Brigit, Attorneys, Bureaucrats and Lawyers, Reporters, Baseball Fans, citizens of New Rochelle, Harlem Men and Women, Vaudevillians and Stagehands, Child Buyer, Policemen, Ford Workers, Trolley Conductor, Millworkers, Strikers, Militia, Train Conductor, Firemen, Vacationers, Immigrants To America, Baron’s Assistant, Coalhouse Gang, Spectators, Welfare Official, Hotel Staff, Bathing Beauties and Camera Crew. 
 
Played by actors of African Descent, African American: Coalhouse Gang, Coalhouse's Lawyer, Harlem Men and Women, Henson.
 
YOUTH CASTING
The Little Boy “Edgar”: Mother and Father's son. An earnest boy who has grown up in privilege. Open hearted to people that are different from him and has the precocious innocence of youth with inexplicable clairvoyance. Never passes judgement on others.
Male, 8-12 years old, Caucasian
Vocal Range: voice not yet changed, E4 to D5
 
The Little Girl: Tateh's daughter. Her arrival in America is marked by sickness and hunger. She is scared of her new surroundings and loyal to her father, her only living relative.
Female, 7-10 years old, Eastern European / Jewish / Latvian-American
Vocal Range: Mezzo / Soprano, C4 to D5
 
Young Coalhouse Walker III: Innocent and pure. Son of Coalhouse and Sarah. This role appears briefly at the end of the play and has no lines or songs.
Male, 4-6 years old, African descent, African-American
CAN BE DOUBLE OR TRIPLE CAST WITH ALTERNATING PERFORMANCES
 


For more information contact director Larry Landsman at LLandsman1157@gmail.com

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