June 30-July 2: Ragtime the Musical on stage at Flagler College

*Granada Street is closed all weekend. Please use the detour:  M L King Avenue (turn at post office) to Cedar Street for Lewis Auditorium and parking. Cedar Street will be 2-way for the weekend. 

Summer Musical TheatreCamp celebrates 23 years in St. Augustine

The Summer Musical TheatreCamp opens its 23rd season with a musical theater production of Ragtime The Musical, on stage at 7:30 p.m. June 30 and July 1; and 2 p.m. July 2 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine.

Tickets are $15.  The box office opens one hour before each show. The theater opens one half-hour before each show.  Seating is general admission. There is no reserved or call-ahead seating.  For additional information, call 904-501-7396.

Ragtime was written by Terrence McNally, with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, and music by Stephen Flaherty. It is based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, and tells the story of three groups in the United States in the early 20th century: African-Americans, upper-class suburbanites and Eastern European immigrants.

Historical figures including Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, Booker T. Washington, J. P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Stanford White, Harry Kendall Thaw, Admiral Peary, Matthew Henson, and Emma Goldman are represented in the stories.

The musical had its world premiere in Toronto on December 8, 1996. The US Premier was in Los Angeles in 1997 and ran one year before opening on Broadway on January 18, 1998 as the first production in the newly opened Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Directed by Frank Galati and choreographed by Graciela Daniele, Ragtime ran for two years, closing on January 16, 2000, after 834 performances and 27 previews. The original cast included Brian Stokes Mitchell, Marin Mazzie, Peter Friedman and Audra McDonald, who were all nominated for Tony Awards, and also included Judy Kaye, Mark Jacoby and Lea Michele.

Mike Beaman serves as Artistic Director for the summer program and Director/Choreographer for Ragtime.  Nikki Falcao is the Assistant Director and Set Artist. Carl Liberatore returns as Technical Director. Joe Kemper directs in the second summer session. Curtis Powell works as Administrator and Music Director for the program.

The Summer Musical TheatreCamp, now in its 23rd  season, has excelled in its goal of giving students a taste of musical theater by instructing in all aspects of a musical theater production:  acting, music and dance.  The camp culminates in the creation and performance of complete staged musical theater and theatrical productions before a live audience.

The Summer Musical TheaterCamp is widely as the leading training ground for young actors.  Since its inception in 1995, with 30 kids ages 5 to 14, the educational program has produced 34 musical theater shows with over 1400 kids and teens in participation.  For the past fourteen years the SMTC for teens has produced full-scale Broadway musicals on its stage.  Additionally, for an eighth year, the middle school/high school group will present its own full-scale musical in an effort to give these younger actors the skills and opportunities to be on stage in leading rolls.  The actors have come not only from St. Augustine and throughout the state, but from across the USA including New Jersey, California, Ohio, Wisconsin; and even England and Malaysia.  Many kids and teens have spent up to thirteen years in the program with several now working as professional actors throughout the county.  This summer over 150 kids ranging from age 5 to 18 will take part in the 2017 summer season.

CAST

  • Malik Bilbrew: Colehouse Walker
  • Olivia Bradshaw: New Rochelle resident, Italian immigrant, Chorine, Bureaucrat
  • Maggie Creasman: Emma Goldman
  • Vikki Damon: Assistant to Baron Ashkenazy
  • Brent Davis: Tateh
  • Annie Doughty: Italian immigrant, Chorine, Reporter
  • Ben Douse: Booker T. Washington
  • Connor Dowd: Admiral Perry, Policeman, Fireman, New Rochelle resident
  • Grayson Eastman: New Rochelle resident, Italian immigrant, Chorine
  • Tony Freveletti: Henry Ford
  • Kylie Giliberto: Evelyn Nesbit
  • Gwen Gitto: Immigrant
  • Simone Glomboski: Immigrant
  • Will Gooden: Harry Houdini
  • Trinity Greene: Sarah’s friend, Harlem woman, Immigrant
  • Sara Hanzl: New Rochelle resident, Italian immigrant
  • Zach Greenwald: Harry K. Thaw, immigrant
  • Taylor Hendricks: J.P. Morgan, Doctor, Fireman, ensemble
  • Rebekah Herskovitz: Brigit, immigrant, New Rochelle resident
  • Ty Lewin: Younger Brother
  • Jacob Little: Grandfather, Immigrant
  • Katie Logue: New Rochelle resident, Town Hall bereaucrat
  • Jaedon Mack: Harlem woman
  • Monica Martin: Immigrant
  • Susi Matza: New Rochelle resident, Welfare Officer
  • Marjorie Metellus: Harlem woman
  • Gemy Meyers: Immigrant
  • Madison Mintzer: New Rochelle resident, Chorine, Reporter
  • Alex Mowry: Immigrant, Chorine
  • Samantha Nelson: Sarah
  • Alex Peek: Immigrant
  • Colleen Reed: Mrs. Whitstein
  • Ella Romaine: New Rochelle resident, Chorine
  • Gracia Romaine: Little Girl
  • Grace Shields: Immigrant
  • Cameron Sparks: Father
  • Sascha Thorpe: Edgar
  • Abby  “Calliope” Watson: Mother
  • Bradley Williams: Immigrant
  • Salma Harlem: Woman

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