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Cast Breakdowns for Auditions

Cedar Valley College Family Music Theatre Announces

Open Auditions 

book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, & music by Stephen Flaherty


Friday, 7:00pm, Saturday 9:00am May 3-4, 2019

 Cedar Valley College Performance Hall

Callbacks:  Saturday 1:00pm, May 4, 2019


Rehearsals Begin: Monday May 13 - 7:00pm

9 Performances: June 21-22, 28-29, and July 5-6, 2019. 


  • Cast Requirements:  Large multi-ethnic cast: approx 50+ adults/teens, 3 featured children (3 essential groupings: African-American, Anglo-American, European immigrant)
    • Singer/Actors.  See casting details attached or on webpage.  STRONG Singing chorus required!
  • Audition Requirements:
    • Sing best 16 bars (or approximately 1 min) of Broadway song.  Power ballads essential for those wishing to be considered for leads Mother, Sarah, Coalhouse.  Accompanist provided. Please bring sheet music.  No soundtracks.  A capella not preferred. 
      • Script cuts to be used for cold readings and vocal excerpts to be utilized for callbacks for major singing leads will be posted on www.familymusictheatre.com by Friday, April 5.
    • Dance audition: brief combination, bring jazz or character shoes and dress to move.
  • Auditionees will be required to fill out an audition form upon arrival including previous theatre experience, conflicts during the rehearsal period, and contact information.
  • Auditionees must guarantee no conflicts in final rehearsal period (June 10-14, & 17-20) and all performances. 

    Great songs:  Wheels of a Dream, Your Daddy's Son, Make Them Hear You, and more.


    Those cast will be expected to enroll in one of the following:  MUSP 1391, DRAM 1120, 1121, 1220, 1221 or Cont. Ed. equivalent.  Rehearsals, workdays, & performances constitute the course.  NO other required meetings.

    Details of audition to be found at www.familymusictheatre.com

    For more information, call 972-860-8134 or email sgermany@dcccd.edu


    Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, age, religion, national origin, sex, disability or sexual orientation.

RAGTIME: THE MUSICAL casting information


RAGTIME is an epic musical with historic sweep that paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of life in turn of the century America. Three distinct stories intertwine to poignantly illustrate families coping with rapid changes of early 20th century America.  History's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and love and hate are the underpinings of intimate interactions among Anglo-American (people of New Rochelle), African-American (people of Harlem), and European immigrants. With a score that is as diverse as the melting pot of America, RAGTIME -

•      draws upon traditional Jewish folk sounds to color the haunting music of the European immigrants,

•      borrows from Vaudevillian styles to capture the spectacle of Anglo-American upper-middle-class society,

•      utilizes Joplin and Jazz to invoke the enlivened spirit and rhythms of African-American, working class Harlem, and

  • movingly presents inspirational power-ballads with demandingly rich choral resources.


    Cast breakdown: a Multi-Ethnic/Multi-Racial cast of about 50+ adults/older teens, and 3 featured children, including all ages. The entire ensemble sings. (Non-singing actors may be considered for non-singing featured roles; however singers will be given preference due to the challenging choral score.)  Generally minimal dance requirements, although preferable for African-American Ensemble members to be dancers.



    (ages listed are based on history and/or author recommendations, and should not be taken literally)


    Sarah: (lead) African-American female. Late teens-early 20's (lyric soprano; range: low G# to high F# on staff); requires high belting

    Mother: (lead) Anglo-American female. 30+ (lyric soprano; range: low G to high Eb on staff) gentle, compassionate, optimistic; requires high belting

    Young Girl (supporting) Tateh's daughter: Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant female. 8-12 (juvenile voice; range: E to Db on

    the staff) quiet and shy.

    Sarah's Friend: (supporting) African-American female. Late teens - 30. (Gospel lyric-soprano or alto range: low G to stratosphere

    scat top note)

    Emma Goldman (cameo - historical): Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant female/Anarchist. 40+, slight accent. (alto, range:

     low G# to Db on staff)

    Evelyn Nesbit (cameo - historical): Anglo-American female. Vaudevillian performer. 18-25 (belter/soprano, range:

    middle C to Db on staff) dancer preferred.



    Coalhouse Walker, Jr: (lead) African-American male. 25-35 (baritone with strong top range; range: Ab to G, with a

    sustained high F#). Intense dance; pianist; proud, confident, and stubborn.

    Father: (lead) Anglo-American male. 40+ (baritone; range: B to E on staff) cautious; resistant to change

    Tateh: (lead) Eastern European/Jewish Immigrant male. 30+, slight accent (tenor; range: Db to high F#) intelligent, passionate, creative

    Mother's Younger Brother: (supporting) Anglo-American male. 20-25+ (tenor/baritone with strong top range: B to high F#) passionate anarchist; intense and high-strung

    Young Boy: (supporting) Anglo-American male. 8-12 (juvenile voice; range: E to Db on staff) precocious and curious

    Grandfather (cameo) (Mother's father): Anglo-American male. 55+ (some "speak sung" lyrics, baritone) gruff & outspoken.

    Harry Houdini (cameo - historical): Hungarian Immigrant male/Magician/body-builder. 30+ (tenor; range: mid. C to high G)

    Booker T. Washington (cameo - historical): African-American male, distinguished. 45+ (some "speak sung" lyrics, baritone)

    Henry Ford (cameo - historical): Anglo-American male. 30-45 (some "speak sung" lyrics, baritone)

    JP Morgan (cameo - historical): Anglo-American male; banking mogul. 45+ (some "speak sung" lyrics, baritone)

    Little Coalhouse: (cameo) Walk-on at end of show. African-American male. Age 3-4 (no spoken lines or singing)

    Willie Conklin: (cameo) Fireman, racist, antagonist who leads vandalism on Coalhouse's car.  Anglo-American male.


  • RAGTIME offers members of the three major ensemble groups multiple opportunities to play additional featured sub-groups (Factory workers, demonstrators, policemen, newsboys, reporters, bureaucrats, Coalhouse's Men, Atlantic City vacationers, etc.) and a number of  individual roles with lines and some solos.  Additional individual roles (with final casting decisions possibly made during rehearsals) include:
    • MALE: Admiral Peary, Henson, Stanford White, Harry K. Thaw, Judge, Train Conductor, Doctor, Judge, Foreman, Whitman, Attorneys (2, 1 Anglo-American, 1 African-American)
    • FEMALE: Baron's Assistant, Kathleen, Brigit, Mrs. Whitstein,  Welfare Official  
  • The RAGTIME Chorus must be one of the major stars of the show.  Chorus is extremely involved and active throughout the show.  The three distinct ensemble groups must each produce a full and balanced choral sound.