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Howard Community College’s ARTS COLLECTIVE is pleased to announce:


for its May, 2014 production of
Image of the Ragtime Logo
Book by Terrence McNally – Lyrics by  Lynn Ahrens – Music by  Stephen Flaherty
Based on the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
Two Acts, Book Musical, Version 2

Directed by David Gregory
Musical Direction by Mayumi B. Griffie

**Auditions are open to all**

Current/ past HCC students and guest artists are welcome to audition!
(Two roles available for a boy and girl ages 10 and up – See Character Breakdown below for more information!)

Saturday, February 1st, 10:00am – 2:00pm, in HCC’s HVPA Room 115

(Sign-In BEFORE 11:30am – those arriving later than 11:30am may not be seen)

Monday, February 3rd, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, in HCC’s HVPA Room 115  

Due to inclement weather, Feb 3rd auditions are cancelled. New audition date: Saturday Feb 8th, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

(Sign-In BEFORE 8:30pm – those arriving later than 8:30pm may not be seen)

Audition Appointments Required:

Make your Audition Appointment in Advance – online only.

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Please make a note of your online audition appointment date and time.

  • No confirmation will follow; we will only contact you via email if there is a problem.
  • If you are unable to sign up in advance, you may drop in during the audition, however, be prepared to wait.
  • Audition Forms: Please print and fill out all forms available on our website in advance.  Bring completed forms with you to the audition.
  • Tech Interest Form: If you are interested in working on this production, please download and fill out our Tech Interest Form.

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Directions, Parking, Etc.:

  • Address & Driving Directions: Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD 21044: Click Here for driving directions.
  • Parking and Building Location:  Click Here  (Park in the “West Garage” located across from the HVPA building.)
  • Audition Room Location -  HVPA 115:  Click Here


  • Save the date!  Monday February 10th, 6:00pm - 10:00 pm.
  • If you don’t get called back, it does not mean you are not cast. We may not need to see you a second time.


  • We seek singers who move well and strong featured dancers.
  • Prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show – no pop, rock or Sondheim.
  • Bring sheet music, an accompanist will be provided.
  • Come to the audition warm and ready to sing/move.
  • Wear clothing suitable for a dance audition.                                                                                                                                         
  • Bring Headshot/Resume. Please include vocal range, any instruments played, and musical training/background.
  • Conflicts:  You must be prepared to list all conflicts between February 16, 2014 - May 18, 2014. All conflicts must be presented at the audition.
  • No scripts or score materials will be available prior to auditions.
  • Please plan to stay for the duration of the scheduled audition time block.  If we can release you sooner we will.

Rehearsal Commitment:

  • Rehearsals begin the week of February 16, 2014. 
  • The rehearsal schedule will be determined after the casting process and will be based on cast/director/choreographer availability.
  • Rehearsals will take place during weekday evenings and/or weekend mornings or afternoons.

Performance Commitment: May 8 – 18, 2014
May 8, 9, 10, 11 and May 15, 16, 17, 18
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm in HCC’s Smith Theatre, Columbia, MD

The Cast consists of 20 or more, see Character Breakdown below. All roles are non-paid. Ragtime includes a fabulously diverse cast of all ages and ethnicities.  Two children needed: one girl and one boy. Principal characters supported by a versatile ensemble playing several roles throughout.  All roles require strong singers and actors who move well.

Character Breakdown:

  • BOOKER T. WASHINGTON: A dominant figure in the Black community of the U.S. at the turn of the century – 45-55 yrs old (C4-E5)
  • CHORUS: To play a plethora of rich, diverse, supporting roles throughout the entire show – Various  Ages 
  • COALHOUSE: a proud, sophisticated man who fights to live within his social boundaries and then rebels against them when even that is not good enough – 25-35 yrs old (G3-B5) 
  • EMMA GOLDMAN: the Russian born radical anarchist in early 1900's New York City – 30-40 yrs old (E3-D5) 
  • EVELYN NESBIT: the beautiful vaudeville performer, famous for the murder of her high profile lover – 18-25 yrs old (B3-D5) 
  • FATHER:  Rich. Conservative. Staunch in his ways but not intentionally unkind. – 30-45 yrs old (A3-F5) 
  • GRANDFATHER:  mother's conservative father. A retired professor. Irritated by everything. – 50-65 yrs old 
  • HENRY FORD:  an American industrialist and founder of the Ford Motor Company – 35-45 yrs old (D4-F5)
  • HOUDINI: the famous magician, escape artist who immigrated to the U.S. – 25-35 yrs old (C4-G5)
  • J.P. MORGAN:  the rich, famous financier – 60-65 yrs old (D4-E5)
  • LITTLE BOY:  Mother and Father's son. He is open-hearted and curious with inexplicable clairvoyance. Never passes judgment on others. -- Male, 8-12 yrs old
    (E4 - D5)
  • LITTLE GIRL:  Tateh's daughter, a young Latvian girl in a new home – 7-10 yrs old (C4-D5)
  • MOTHER:  a strong, kind woman who defies social norms to do the things she feels are right – 25-35 yrs old (G3-E5)
  • SARAH:  a washwoman who is adopted into Mother's home when Mother finds Sarah's baby in the garden – 18-25 yrs old (G3-F5)
  • SARAH'S FRIEND:  a friend of Sarah's who attends her funeral – 18-25 yrs old (D3-D5)
  • TATEH:  a haggard, Latvian immigrant who dreams the "American Dream" for himself and his daughter –30-40 yrs old (A3-F5)
  • WILLIE CONKLIN:  a racist volunteer fireman who destroys Coalhouse's car – 25-40 yrs old (D4-F5)
  • YOUNGER BROTHER:  Mother's younger brother who has his heart broken by Evelyn Nesbit and joins Coalhouse in his protests towards discrimination. He is a young man in search of something. – 20-30 yrs old (B3-F5)


Early 20th century generations collide in this emotionally charged journey bursting with passion, tragedy and love.  A tapestry focused on social upheaval which speaks directly to the pulse of America today.  RAGTIME!

“Called by Time Magazine ‘A triumph for the stage,’ and by the International Herald Tribune ‘the best musical in twenty years,’ this acclaimed musical won 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and won both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. RAGTIME is based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel; the musical intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families, as they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. The Tony-winning score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself. It draws upon many musical styles from the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley to the klezmer of the Lower East Side, from bold brass band marches to delicate waltzes, from up-tempo banjo tunes to period parlor songs and expansive anthems.” [Musical Theatre International]

About the Director: David Gregory
David Gregory makes his Arts Collective debut with Ragtime. Originally from Spain, David has performed and directed in the Baltimore area for almost 15 years. Directing credits include Brooklyn: The Musical, Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party, Side Show, Café (Premiere at University of Maryland), For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls, A New Brain, Dreamgirls (Toby’s Dinner Theatre), and Songs For A New World.  While completing his MFA at Towson University, he translated and co-directed the first English production and U.S. premier of Los Engranajes (The Gears) by Rául Hernández Garrido; he also directed the world-premiere of 7:32 The Musical, which was honored as a Kennedy Center Theatre Region II Finalist.  Choreography credits include Bernarda Alba, Bare, Falsettos, and A New Brain. As founder and Artistic Director of Teatro101, David has produced critically acclaimed productions of The Little Dog Laughed, Side Show (City Paper Top Ten), Violet (DC Theatre Scene Top Ten), The Wild Party (Broadwayworld’s Not To Miss), and Brooklyn (Maryland Theatre Guide Top List). Also a performer, David recently appeared in the regional premiere of In The Heights as Usnavi and in The Olney Theatre Center’s King and I.  Some of his favorite performances include roles in The Color Purple, Legally Blonde, Aida, Rent, Into The Woods, Angels in America, Sweeney Todd, Romance/Romance, West Side Story, Falsettos, Arcadia, Spelling Bee, and Jesus Christ Superstar to name a few. While not performing or directing, David teaches various theatre courses at Towson University and the University of Maryland, where he is completing his PhD. He also holds a MFA in Theatre Arts from Towson University and a MA in Arts Administration from Goucher College.


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