Ragtime Audition Character Breakdowns

Character Breakdown. Please note that ages for characters are merely guidelines, rather than requirements.

 
BOOKER T. WASHINGTON
Incredibly intelligent social activist. He is an eloquent and articulate gentleman with no patience for Black Americans leading less than exemplary lives. Age: 45 to 55
Vocal range: D3-Eb4
 
COALHOUSE WALKER, JR.
A proud and talented pianist. He is sophisticated, with a romantic demeanor and gentle heart though an intimidating build. African-American. Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range: G2-A4
 

EMMA GOLDMAN

Social activist. With an unapologetically demanding presence, she is a leader and powerful woman. Russian-American.
Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range: B3-D5
 
EVELYN NESBIT
Beautiful vaudeville performer. Thrust into the limelight after the high profile murder of her lover, the entire world is her stage. Age: 18 to 21
Vocal range: D5-B3
 
FATHER
Mother’s professionally successful husband. Fancying himself an amateur explorer, he is commanding and attractive. Enjoys being the family breadwinner. Age: 30 to 45
Vocal range: A2-F4
 
GRANDFATHER
Mother’s very conservative father. He is a retired professor and easily irritated by nearly everything. Age: 60 to 70
 
HARRY HOUDINI
The famous magician. With dark features and notable physical ability, he stands as a symbol of the ‘American Dream.’ Hungarian-American. Age: 25 to 35
Vocal range: E3-G4
 
LITTLE BOY
Mother and Father’s son. He is open-hearted and curious with inexplicable clairvoyance. Never passes judgement on others.
Age: 8 to 12
Vocal range: E4-D5
 
LITTLE GIRL
Tateh’s daughter. A confused and vulnerable child in a brand-new home, she is guarded and shy. Loves her father very much. Latvian-American. Age: 8 to 12
Vocal range: C4-Bb4
 
MOTHER
The consummate wife and mother. A kind woman with incredible moral fiber. Refined, intelligent, and graceful. She is accepting of others. Age: 30 to 40
Vocal range: G3-F#5
 
SARAH
Washwoman. Sarah is beautiful and filled with a strong will to live fueled by an innocent spirit. Falls deeply in love with Coalhouse after much resistance. African-American. Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range: G#3-F#5
 
TATEH
The haggard artist and father. He wears the trials and tribulations of his past on his sleeve, but remains optimistic. Full of genuine drive and heart. Latvian-American. Age: 35 to 45
Vocal range: Bb2-F#4
 
YOUNGER BROTHER
Mother’s younger brother. With his wiry frame and obsessive personality, he is an erratic soul. Influenced greatly by Goldman’s teachings. Age: 20 to 25
Vocal range: B2-F#4
 
HENRY FORD
Manufacturing innovator.  Age: 25-50
Vocal range: D3-G4
 
ENSEMBLE
Baseball Fans; Coalhouse Supporters; Firemen; Harlem Citizens, Immigrants To America; New Rochelle Citizens; Reporters; Vacationers