Ragtime Audition Notice

Twelfth Night Productions

About the project and the company

COVID safety

Proof of covid vaccinations and a booster will be required for participation. Also, masks must be worn during the audition process and during rehearsals.


August 5 – 21, 2022 (Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm, Sunday at 3 pm) for a total of 9 performances


Ragtime tracks three diverse families in pursuit of the American dream in the volatile melting pot” of turn-of-the-century New York. It confronts the contradictions inherent in American reality: experiences of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair. The worlds of a wealthy white couple, a Jewish immigrant father and his motherless daughter, and an African American ragtime musician intertwine, and together they discover the surprising interconnections of the human heart, the limitations of justice and the unsettling consequences when dreams are permanently deferred. Featuring many of the historical figures that built and shaped turn-of-the-century America, including J.P. Morgan, Emma Goldman, Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, Henry Ford, Booker T. Washington, Stanford White, Harry K. Thaw, Admiral Peary, and Matthew Henson, this musical sweeps across the diversity of the American experience to create a stirring epic that also captures the heartbeat of the American experience: the marches, cakewalks and, of course, ragtime.

Location of Audition

Admiral United Church of Christ 4320 SW Hill St., Seattle, WA 98116

Other details

Dance: The show will require everyone to move in some way. Actors that are invited to callbacks will be sent instructional videos for a dance combination that they will perform during callbacks.

Because the content and themes of this show are very specific to race and gender, actors will be cast accordingly as listed. Ensemble actors may be assigned more than one role.

*The following roles have already been cast:
Emma Goldman, Evelyn Nesbit, Father, Little Girl, Mother, Tateh, and Younger Brother.

Audition requirements

Song: Prepare 32 bars (no longer that one minute) from a song appropriate for the character you are auditioning for. If you are auditioning for more than one character, show your range in the song that you select, but have another selection available in case we want to hear more. Note – An accompanist will be provided. Bring sheet music clearly marked and make sure that it is in your key. No recorded music or acapella singing. Monologue: Prepare a contemporary monologue of two minutes or less that is not from Ragtime but is appropriate for the character(s) that you are auditioning for. Audition Instructions Please bring a headshot and resume

Character breakdown / Project needs
Booker T. Washington
(African American, mid to late 40’s, baritone): He strives to embody and provide the voice of restraint and wisdom for his people in the face the injustices and unimaginably trying circumstances they face. He is polished, educated, and delivers passionate speeches as a means of swaying the direction his people should take in the struggle for racial justice and equality. He speaks with great conviction and authority and is very convincing.
Coalhouse Walker Jr.
(African American, low to mid-30’s, powerful rich baritone with strong high notes. Low Ab to high A): He is truly the driving engine behind the story. He conveys strength, polish, intelligence and charisma. However, internally, he also reflects the unbridled rage experienced by vast numbers of African Americans at the hands of an oft unjust society that was America in this era. Even so, he controls and channels this rage into a highly calculated, systematic approach to his own brand of justice.
(Caucasian, 50 – 65, baritone): He’s a really crotchety old man. He is the comic relief.
Harry Houdini
(Hungarian immigrant, 20’s to early 30’s, baritone): He’s a magician who gains worldwide notoriety for his feats as an escapist. He embodies the story of an immigrant’s success in America. He also reflects the rise of the fame and celebrity status that was newly emerging in this era due to vastly improved communication.
Henry Ford
(Caucasian, 35 – 45, tenor): “Folksy and full of himself”. No one can doubt the contributions he gave to industrialization in America and the world. His processes for manufacturing lead to the rapid rise of a new class of citizens in this country who enjoyed vastly increased financial gains and creature comforts in the decades that followed. He’s an innovator. His passion for his business is felt and reflected in every waking second of his life.
J.P. Morgan
(Caucasian, 60 – 65, baritone): Morgan represents the upper crust of the country at this time in American history. He is a man in somewhat advancing years who reflects status and wealth, a shrewd financier who is pompous, and oblivious to the plight of the common man.
Little Boy
(Caucasian, 7 – 10, tenor): The young, inquisitive, and slightly unique son of the white family, he is one of the sources of the narrative of the story. He’s intelligent, has sharp diction, is creative and somewhat clairvoyant.
(African American, 18 – 25, alto): She is young, passionately idealistic, naive, and beautiful. She is also uniquely strong-willed for her age and race in this time period. Although the exact circumstances of Coalhouse’s mistreatment of her remain a mystery, Coalhouse makes it his unwavering mission to regain her affection, which he ultimately succeeds in doing. Sadly, their renewed life and love affair is short-lived. In the brief period between their reunion and her death, they display an amazingly deep, rare, and passionate sense of connection. Her death gives rise to the transformation within Coalhouse that leads to devastating effect.
Willie Conklin
(Caucasian, 25 – 40, tenor): He is the spark that ignites Coalhouse’s mini-revolution. He is the very epitome of racial intolerance. His lack of intelligence and utterly palpable displays of racial superiority echo the deep divisions that existed between the various races, creeds, and ethnicities within the country. He is brash, brazen, abrasive, offensive, and just plain ugly.
Little Coalhouse
(African American, 4 – 6): Coalhouse Walker, Jr.’s son. He appears briefly at the end of the play. He does not have any lines or songs. If you know of a young African American boy 4 – 6 years of age that has great stage presence and would be right for the role of Little Coalhouse, please let us know.
The following roles will be distributed among the ensemble. Roles preceded with an *asterisk have already been cast. ENSEMBLE ROLES: Admiral Robert Peary (Caucasian): Leader of the expedition to the North Pole *Bridget (Caucasian): Mother and Father’s impertinent new maid Charles S. Whitman (Caucasian): Ambitious District Attorney Harry K. Thaw (Caucasian): Husband of Evelyn Nesbit Kathleen (Irish immigrant): Mother and Father’s first maid Matthew Henson (African American): Assistant to Admiral Peary Stanford White (Caucasian): An architect and Evelyn Nesbit’s lover ADDITIONAL ENSEMBLE ROLES Baron Ashkenazy’s Assistant (M/F) (Caucasian) Baseball Fans (M) (Various European nationalities) Black Lawyer (M) (African American) Coalhouse’s Followers (M) (African American) Chorines & Sob Sisters (F) (Caucasian) Clerk (M) (Caucasian) Conductor (M) (Caucasian) Firemen (M) (Caucasian) Harlem Man (M) (African American) Harlem Woman (F) (African American) Immigrants (M/F) (Various European nationalities) Judge (M) (Caucasian) Jurors (M) (Caucasian) Jury Foreman (M) (Caucasian) Man (M) (Caucasian) Militiamen (M) (Caucasian) Mourners (M/F) (African American) Newsboys (M) (Caucasian) People of Harlem (M/F) African American) People of New Rochelle (M/F) (Caucasian) Policeman (M) (Caucasian) Police Officers (M) (Caucasian) Ragtime Band Members (M/F) (African American) Rallyers/Strikers/Workers (M/F) (Immigrants) Reporters (M) (Caucasain) Republican Vice-Presidential Candidate (M) (Caucasian) Sarah’s Friend (F) (African American) Secret Service (M) (Caucasian) Town Hall Bureaucrats (M) (Caucasian) Umpire (M) (Caucasian) Vacationers (M/F) (Caucasian) Vigil Women (F) (African American) Welfare Official (M) (Caucasian) White Attorney (M) (Caucasian)
Additional information
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Audition/Interview dates

2/3/22 and 2/4/22 from 7pm - 10pm and 2/6/22 from 5pm-10pm

Pay type


Audition location

Seattle Washington

Pay type

$65 $65

Callbacks or second audition/interview?

Callbacks (by invitation only) 2/13/22 from 6pm-10pm. Same location as initial audition. Those being considered for main characters will be called back to read script sides and sing numbers from the show. However, this is a big show and it requires a large ensemble. Because of this, those being considered for ensemble roles may not be called back, but may be cast directly from their initial audition, so make it a good one!

Submission instructions

To set up an audition appointment, please contact info@twelfthnightproductions.org.

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