Ragtime

apr 6 - apr 29, 2018
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Terrence McNally
Performance Times:
7:30 PM Wednesday through Saturday; 2:00 PM Sunday
Run Time:
2 hours 45 minutes including a 15-minute intermission
Theatre:
Mainstage

This sweeping musical portrait of early 20th Century America tells the story of three families in the pursuit of the American Dream.

Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (Once on This Island, Seussical and Lucky Stiff), noted playwright, Terrence McNally, and based on E.L. Doctorow’s distinguished novel, Ragtime is the winner of the 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book and Orchestrations, and both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. Called by TIME Magazine “A triumph for the stage,” and by the International Herald Tribune “the best musical in twenty years,” this acclaimed musical is filled with pageantry, emotion and hope, bursting onto the stage like no other musical.

At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, 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, drawing 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. A truly unique and powerful portrait of America, Ragtime is sure to inspire actors and audiences alike!

Mainstage Content Advisory: The Playhouse does not rate subject matter as sensitivities vary from person to person. If you have questions about content, age appropriateness, or other aspects of the show (ie strobe lights and other theatrical affects), please contact the ticket office at 515-277-6261.


The performance at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 15, will have live audio description, provided by IRIS. Please contact our ticket office at 515-277-6261 if you would like to use this free service.
The performance at 2:00 PM on Sunday, April 15, will have ASL interpretation, provided by Deaf Services Unlimited. Please contact our ticket office at 515-277-6261 if you would like to use this free service.

Sponsored by:

Booker T. Washington
Jamerris King
Coalhouse Walker Jr.
Blake Clyde
Emma Goldman
Laura Sparks
Evelyn Nesbit
Taylor Millar
Father
Eric Layden
Grandfather
Mark Pullen
Houdini
Michael Howland
Little Boy
Ryan Henzi
Little Girl
Lily Spahr
Nina Spahr
Mother
Dani Boal
Sarah
Erayle Amacker
Tateh
Brett Spahr
Younger Brother
Derek Phelps
Ensemble
Sydney Allen
Isaac William Anderson
Shiloh K. Boston
Adrienne Brown
Michael Bundy II
Zayne Cummings
Jazzlyn Davis
Nick Flynn
Jordan Gago
Alexandra Gray
Campbell Helton
Ryan Henzi
Ella Henderson
Paul Honold
Sarah Kelly
Ann Kramer
Johnny Kroll
Jenner Lathrop
Lauren Malcomson
Joe Maxwell
Joy Mielke
Bill Parker
Sydney Parker
Corbett Reeves
Christopher Rozenboom
Natalie Schmit
Maggie Schmitt
Alicia Koda Scott
Jada Smith
Drake Stark
Lexi Thiessen Waymire
Taylor Anne Weaver
Sarah Beth Weinberg

Des Moines Community Playhouse Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kill Date: Apr. 29, 2018
Subject: Des Moines Community Playhouse Presents “Ragtime”
Contact: Lee Ann Bakros, Playhouse Marketing & Public Relations Director, 515-974-5358

The Des Moines Community Playhouse presents “Ragtime,” Apr. 6-29, 2018. Tickets may be purchased online at dmplayhouse.com, by phone at 515-277-6261, or at the Playhouse ticket office, 831 42nd St. “Ragtime” is sponsored by Des Moines Radio Group.

At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing and anything is possible. Three families — embodied by an upper-class wife, a Jewish immigrant, and a Harlem musician — cross paths and their lives intertwine in pursuit of the American Dream. After a tragedy, people discover they have more in common than anyone thought. Based on the best-selling book by E.L. Doctorow with a Tony Award-winning score, “Ragtime” is a powerful and inspiring portrait of America, and musical theatre storytelling at its finest.

The Playhouse cast includes Sydney Allen, Erayle Amacker, Isaac William Anderson, Dani Boal, Shiloh Boston, Michael Bundy II, Blake Clyde, Zayne Cummings, Jazzlyn Davis, Nick Flynn, Jordan Gago, Alexandra Gray, Campbell Helton, Ella Henderson, Ryan Henzi, Paul Honold, Michael Howland, Sarah Elizabeth Kelly, Jay King, Ann Kramer, Johnny Kroll, Jenner Lathrop, Eric Layden, Lauren Malcomson, Joseph Maxwell, Joy Mielke, Taylor Millar, Bill Parker, Sydney Parker, Derek Phelps, Mark Pullen, Corbett Reeves, Christopher Rozenboom, Natalie Schmit, Maggie Schmitt, Alicia Kodá Scott, Kodä Denise Scott, Jada Lynne Smith, Brett Spahr, Lily Spahr, Nina Spahr, Laura Sparks, Drake Stark, Lexus Thiessen, Taylor Anne Weaver, and Sarah Beth Weinberg. “Ragtime” is directed by John Viars with music direction by Brenton Brown and choreography by Alison Shafer.

The Playhouse is one of the oldest and largest community theatres in the US. Located at the 42nd Street exit of I-235, the theatre has presented a full season of shows since 1919 and also offers a wide variety of educational experiences including classes for ages 4 to adult, theatre trips to New York, and volunteer opportunities onstage and backstage.

For more information about the Playhouse and “Ragtime,” contact the Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261.

“Ragtime” Performances: Apr. 6-29, 2018
7:30 PM Wednesday-Saturday
2:00 PM Sunday
The performance at 2:00 PM, Sunday, Apr. 15, 2018, will have live audio description provided by IRIS and ASL interpretation provided by Deaf Services Unlimited. Guests should contact the Playhouse ticket office at 515-277-6261 to use this free service.

“Ragtime” Tickets
Ticket prices start at $29
To purchase tickets:
dmplayhouse.com
515-277-6261
Des Moines Community Playhouse Ticket Office, 831 42nd St., Des Moines, IA 50312

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Blake Clyde is Coalhouse Walker Jr and Erayle Amacker is Sarah in “Ragtime,” Apr. 6-29, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Brett Spahr is Tateh and Nina Spahr is The Little Girl (select performances) in “Ragtime,” Apr. 6-29, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Dani Boal is Mother and Ryan Henzi is The Little Boy in “Ragtime,” Apr. 6-29, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Blake Clyde is Coalhouse Walker Jr in “Ragtime,” Apr. 6-29, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Erayle Amacker is Sarah and Blake Clyde is Coalhouse Walker Jr in “Ragtime,” Apr. 6-29, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Brett Spahr is Tateh and Lily Spahr is The Little Girl (select performances) in “Ragtime,” Apr. 6-29, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Blake Clyde is Coalhouse Walker Jr and Erayle Amacker is Sarah in “Ragtime,” Apr. 6-29, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Dani Boal is Mother in “Ragtime,” Apr. 6-29, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Blake Clyde is Coalhouse Walker Jr and Erayle Amacker is Sarah in “Ragtime,” Apr. 6-29, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Ryan Henzi is The Little Boy in “Ragtime,” Apr. 6-29, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.

Erayle Amacker is Sarah and Blake Clyde is Coalhouse Walker Jr in “Ragtime,” Apr. 6-29, 2018, at the Des Moines Community Playhouse. Photo by Steve Gibbons.