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Bergen County Players TO HOLD OPEN AUDITIONS FOR RAGTIME: THE MUSICAL

CONTACT:
Eric Holzer
eholzer2@gmail.com
732-261-9407

Bergen County Players TO HOLD OPEN AUDITIONS ON JUNE 7th, 9th, and 12th FOR RAGTIME: THE MUSICAL ~ BCP To Launch 90th  Season This Fall With Tony Award Winner at Oradell's Little Firehouse Theatre ~ Music by Stephen Flaherty  |  Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens  |  Book by Terrence McNally

Oradell, NJ, May 1, 2022 -- One of the most ambitious projects ever produced by the Bergen County Players, Ragtime: The Musical will open BCP's 90th season this September. Open auditions will take place at the little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Rd. in Oradell, NJ on Tuesday and Thursday, June 7th and 9th at 7:30PM and on Sunday, June 12th at 10AM.  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).  Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, and noted playwright Terrence McNally, Ragtime: The Musical brings together a multi-ethnic cast of characters, portrayed by both BCP veterans and newcomers alike.

With direction by Larry Landsman, musical direction by Steve Bell, and choreography by Diana Baer, this acclaimed musical tapestry is filled with pageantry, emotion, and hope, bursting onto the stage like no other musical. Based on the best-selling novel by E.L. Doctorow, 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.

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." 

Open Auditions (in order of arrival):
Little Firehouse Theatre ~ 298 Kinderkamack Road, Oradell, NJ

  • 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)
  • Callbacks will include readings from the script and singing a song from the show.

Rehearsals: Rehearsals are scheduled to begin immediately following the audition process. All rehearsals will take place at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell, N.J.

Performances: Public performance dates are September 17 thru October 15, 2022 (performances are Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons).

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.

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 interactions.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

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 vaudevillian 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

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.

Those interested in more information may contact Larry Landsman at LLandsman1157@gmail.com or go to www.bcplayers.org.

The Bergen County Players, Inc. is a non-Equity, non-profit community theater company dedicated to presenting quality productions for the enrichment of the community and is a member of the New Jersey Association of Community Theaters.


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