Opening this weekend at the Bremer Theater at Danville Area Community College is the musical classic – Ragtime!
“Ragtime is the story of cultural change at the dawn of the 20th Century. In many ways, the story mirrors modern day issues of class and race in a changing society. The story follows three groups: A white, middle-class family; a black musician, Coalhouse Walker, and his Harlem group; and a Jewish immigrant family. All three groups experience the dawn of the 20th century differently; however, each group interacts and over-laps with each other in dramatic ways,” director Phillip Langley gives a rundown of the story.
“As a director, my favorite thing about this cast is their harmony. From the first meeting, this group ‘clicked’ together as a family. They support one-another; they help one another; they all work together to make this truly HUGE show work as a well-oiled machine!”
Co-directed by Glenda Boling, music direction from Eric Simonson, and choreography by Aubrey Falconio bring a beautiful combination of experience and passion to the forefront of this show. Throw in costume design from Jennifer Lee and the show is sure to bring a striking setting to match the local talent.
“I think the funniest thing with this show has been when the costumes arrived. Usually people think it’s the female cast members who would go crazy for their costumes. In this case, most of the male cast members were more excited to ‘play dress-up’ than the ladies were. Often times, the men don’t want to take their costumes off they love them so much!” joked Langley.
“Ragtime is a show that not only entertains but informs. It provides the history of social, cultural, and racial change that began in the early 20th century. The parallels to today are strikingly noticeable. Also the music is one-of-a-kind. With 37 musical numbers, there is something for everyone!”
Go check out my dear friends this weekend! Performance dates are April 15 at 7pm, April 16 at 2pm and 7pm, and April 17 at 2pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at the door for cash before each performance or they can be purchased in advance with credit/debit cards online here.
Peace & Love,
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