Plaza Theatre Company’s Press Release for RAGTIME

Plaza Theatre Company – PRESS RELEASE

Plaza Theatre Company opening the Tony Award Winning RAGTIME on October 19th

October 2nd, 2012

Plaza Theatre Company is proud to announce the opening of RAGTIME on October 19th, 2012. The production will play Plaza’s newly renovated theatre at 111 S. Main Street in Cleburne, TX opening October 19th, 2012. The show will be the 58th produced by Plaza Theatre Company since it’s inception in November of 2006.

Based on the classic book by E.L. Doctorow, Ragtime is a story about life in America at the beginning of the 20th century. The show illustrates poignant issues of the day – from immigration, racism and politics to industrialization and social upheaval. Historical figures intermingle with fictional characters. The show focuses on three families – one upper-middle class, white Anglo-Saxon Protestant, once socialist immigrant Jewish and one Harlem Black – whose intersecting lives are influenced by the Ragtime era’s social challenges. These interwoven stories of family, faith, and the desire for social justice create the fabric of an America just beginning to rise.

And though Plaza Producers wish to re-emphasize the Company’s commitment to providing family-friendly entertainment for all, it is important to note that the show contains racial themes that parents will want to be aware of before bringing children to the show.

Plaza Theatre Company has assembled a magnificent cast from among the area’s finest performers. The cast includes many new to the Plaza stage as well as several Plaza favorites.

The Cast List for RAGTIME is: (Double Cast where noted)

Coalhouse: Major Attaway
Sarah: Chimberly Carter Byrom
Mother: Daron Cockerell
Father: JaceSon P. Barrus
Tateh: *Dennis Yslas
Younger Brother: Jonathan Metting
Little Boy: David Midkiff, Henry Cawood
Emma Goldman: Heather Morrill
Henry Ford / Reporter 1: Doug Henry
J.P. Morgan / Judge: Burl Proctor
Booker T. Washington / soloist 1: Ecko Wilson
Sarah’s Friend: Whitney Latrice Coulter
Evelyn Nesbit/ soloist 1: Elicia Lynn Gantverg
Grandfather: Jay Cornils
Little Girl: Miranda Barrus, Eden Barrus
Houdini / Fireman buddy: Auston McIntosh
Admiral Perry/Tateh’s Customer/Willie Conklin: Luke Hunt
Kathleen: Stacey King
Welfare Official: Jennifer Orcutt
Second Bureaucrat: Keli Price
Chorine / Baron’s Assistant: Cessany Ford
Chorine: Chelsea Manning
Chorine: Tabitha Barrus, Fatima Rodriguez
Sob Sister: Emily Warwick
Town Hall Bureaucrat / Sob Sister: Stefani Glenn
Immigrant Woman: RuthAnn Warwick
Immigrant Woman: Sarah Morton
Person of New Rochelle: Micah King, Dora Hunt
Conductor / Fireman buddy 2: Daniel Scott Robinson
Charles S. Whitman/ Reporter 3: David Phillips
Policeman: Michael Sorter
Reporter 2 / Newsboy 1: Joshua Cummins
Newsboy 2: Jordan Price, Hayden Cawood
Newsboy 3: Levi King
Male Soloist 2 / Coalhouse Follower / Henson: Lloyd Ekpo
Lawyer / Follower 3: Max Mandudi
Female Soloist 2 / Follower 2: D’Jay Campbell

*Appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association

The production is under the Direction of G. Aaron Siler and Milette Siler with Musical Direction by Bree Cockerell, Choreography by Milette Siler, Assistant Stage Management by Hannah Midkiff and Stage Management by Lindsay Hardisty. The show will open on Friday October 19th at 7:30pm and will play every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening thru November 17th at 7:30pm with Saturday matinees every Saturday afternoon at 3pm. Ticket prices are $15 for Adults, $13 for Seniors and Students and $12 for Children.

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 817-202-0600 or visiting the Plaza Box Office between the hours of 10am and 6pm Monday thru Saturday. Online reservations as well as further information is available by visiting the Plaza website at http://www.plaza-theatre.com

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