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Cedar Valley College Family Music Theatre Announces
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
Rehearsals Begin: Monday May 13 - 7:00pm
9 Performances: June 21-22, 28-29, and July 5-6, 2019.
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