Racine Horlick High School students present the student edition regional premiere of "Ragtime," music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and the Tony Award-winning book by Terrance McNally.
This compelling musical of tragedy, change and love runs from July 30 – August 7 in the Joseph L. Mooney Theater of Racine’s Horlick High School, 2119 Rapids Dr., Racine. Performances are July 30, 31 and August 6, 7 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults and can be ordered at the door or online by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: Ragtime Tickets).
Ragtime focuses on the stories of three very different classes of people in early twentieth century America: a group of young Harlem musicians who are creating the music and world of ragtime; an affluent, white upper-middle class American housewife and a determined group of Eastern European immigrants looking for a new life of promise and change in New York.
Director Amber Lamers has taken a simplistic approach to the visual aspects of the production to highlight the story, its music and message, allowing the student’s talents to be the focal point.
“This is a true story based on the events that shaped the country we love. It’s important for the kids to do shows that are real. It helps them grow; it helps them know where they came from. It is a safe way for the students to work through social issues that still exist today,” states Lamers. “We have an excellent technical director, Katie Kowbel and have flown in our music director from New York, Stan Krifka. The combination of these talented students and directing staff make for a fantastic show.”
The cast features middle school and high school students from Racine and Kenosha. Bryant Albritton Jr, who plays Coalhouse Walker Jr. states, “Ragtime shows all aspects of life. It has tragedy, change, love, etc. It is based on true events. History is on stage in front of you. People need to see this production because it challenges us as actors, but also challenges us as human beings.”
Music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Book by Terrance McNally, based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow