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Release: Jan. 19, 2001
Auditions will select local children to portray little Coalhouse Walker
in 'Ragtime' at Hancher
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Auditions will be held Monday, Jan. 29 to select two
local children to portray the son of Coalhouse Walker in the touring production
of "Ragtime" during the shows Jan. 30 through Feb. 4 run in
the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium. The auditions will be at 5:30 p.m.
in the Hancher lobby.
Coalhouse Walker, the black pianist who dreams of equality for his family,
is one of the main characters in the award-winning Broadway musical, based
on E.L. Doctorows epic of the American dream at the turn of the 20th
Coalhouses child appears in the finale of the show. Two local children
will be selected to share that role. It is a non-speaking role, but the young
actors will be paid.
The production will audition African-American boys, aged 4-6 and no more
than 40 inches in height. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian,
and must arrive with a current snapshot and a note outlining contact information,
age, height and experience.
Parents interested in having their sons audition should call Tim Meier at
Hancher, (319) 335-1130.
In addition to four 1997-98 Tony Awards, the Broadway production of "Ragtime"
captured five Drama Desk Awards including "Outstanding Musical"
and two Outer Critics Circle Awards including "Outstanding Broadway Musical."
"Ragtime," the musical of a new century, is the story of three
dreamers -- an African-American who dreams of a life of equality for his family,
a Jewish immigrant who dreams of prosperity in a new country, and a wife who
dreams to move beyond the confines of her structured existence.
In story and song, "Ragtime" intertwines the adventures of these
fictional characters with prominent historical figures including Emma Goldman,
Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan, Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, Stanford White, Admiral
Robert Peary and Booker T. Washington.
Corporate sponsors of "Ragtime" are KHAK-FM/KDAT-FM/KRNA-FM through
the University of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets for "Ragtime" are now on sale at the Hancher box office,
(319) 335-1160. Long distance is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER.
For UI arts information, visit this new address -- www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa
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Learn about "Ragtime" at < http://www.ragtimethemusical.com/>.