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Performance dates & times

Wednesday 6 Nov
7:30 PM
Thursday 7 Nov
1:00 PM*

*Followed by 20 minute Q&A

Running Time 2 hours 30 minutes (including interval)

Price range

$25 per student

One teacher for every 10 students will be admitted free of charge.

To apply for a First Call Fund subsidy for this program, click here.

SUITABILITY: Years 7-12

Don’t miss RAGTIME, a musical about a new century, the golden age, an effervescent era of optimism when anything seemed possible and prospects seemed boundless.

At the dawn of a new century everything is changing...and anything is possible. Set in the melting pot of New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, Tateh (Josh Piterman, Beautiful) and the daring young Harlem musician Coalhouse Walker Jr (Kurt Kansley, whom Melbourne critics have hailed for his recent performance as Che Guevara in Evita). Chloe Zuel (Dusty) also stars as his fiancée, Sarah. Together they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice and what it means to live in America.

The winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score, RAGTIME is filled with pageantry, emotion and hope, bursting onto the stage like no other musical.

RAGTIME draws upon many musical styles: the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley, the klezmer of the Lower East Side, brass band marches and delicate waltzes, from up-tempo banjo tunes and expansive anthems. A truly unique and powerful portrait of America, RAGTIME is sure to inspire.

Classroom Connections

Curriculum Links

Learning Areas Capabilities
The Arts Critical and Creative Thinking
English Personal and Social
The Humanities Intercultural
Victorian Certificate of Education
Drama
Theatre Studies
Music
Dance
English

Themes and Ideas

  • Musical Theatre
  • Ragtime music
  • American history
  • Racism
  • Justice
  • Social Class

Teaching Resources

Coming soon!


Cast

Kurt Kansley
Coalhouse Walker Jr
Chloe Zuel
Sarah
Josh Piterman
Tateh

Credits

Book by
Terrence McNally
Lyrics by
Lynn Ahrens
Director
Roger Hodgman
Choreographer
Dana Jolly
Set
Christina Smith
Music by
Stephen Flaherty
Based on RAGTIME by
E. L. Doctorow
Musical Director
Guy Noble
Costumes
Isaac Lummis
Lighting
Nigel Levings
The Production Company Orchestra

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