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Who has been in Ragtime and who were you? 
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Fresh Face
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I was in the harlem ensemble and one of Coalhouse's men in the 2nd Act. My favorite line..."PUSH THE PLUNGER!! BLOW IT ALL UP!!"

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Sun Sep 16, 2007 5:00 pm
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I am Currently Sarah's Friend in my High Schools Production!!!! And I'm white. The whole cast is white. There is a very small percent of blacks in my school and they wouldn't want to do the musical. .

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Please tell me you're kidding. Why is your director still doing the show, then? You absolutely cannot do Ragtime with an all-white cast. This is why if there is one show high schools shouldn't do, it's Ragtime.

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Two years ago I played Kathleen [Irish maid, woot lol], a member of New Rochelle, an immigrant, a vactioner in Atlantic City, and a man during the "What a Game!" scene. lol. that was the most fun song EVER! haha.

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Tue Jan 08, 2008 7:40 pm
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^ SO LUCKY!!!!!!! You got to be in "What a Game" Guys always get the fun songs! :x

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Wed Jan 09, 2008 3:25 pm
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yeah! lol. it was the best. they didn't have enough guys & the director goes "Who wants to be in What A-" & immediatly me & like 3 other girls jump up and start screaming "MEEEEEE!" lol. so it was fun. we got to act like we beat each other up & jump over our stools & the quick change from dresses to flannel & jeans was amazing lol :mrgreen:

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I was Emma Goldman in our production of Ragtime this spring, which was really awesome b/c in real life, my first name is one syllable off, and my last name is the same. It was definately weird the times I had to speak in 3rd person, I kept almost saying my name. Sadly we're not related. I checked.

We had the same problem too about diversity b/c our school is pretty small and not many black people generally audition for school shows. That turned it into a really big controversy among the student body, and there were a lot that thought we shouldn't havae done it. In the end, we only had one other black person as an ensemble member, besides Coalhouse, Sarah, and Sarah's Friend. Still, the show managed to be a huge success, even though the audience was adults and actors' friends from other schools most of the times. I don't think many ppl from our school came to see it, which is sad. Oh well. But it was a ton of fun.


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I was in the student version
I was cast as Sarah's Friend *eye rolls*


Sat May 10, 2008 3:58 pm
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^ What wrong with sarah's friend? She is one of the best parts.

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it is a great role, you can do a lot with it.

I wasn't in it, I missed the audition. :( But i was asked to be the vocal coach. That was fun :)

Though when I asked the director who I would have been cast as if I had auditioned, she said either Tateh or Father.


We did it at our local high school, and as for the community...well, we live in a rather backwater place and I thought people would be upset. but the community really loved it; it was the school's principal who was the only one who had any problem with it. So, we ended up with a censored version of the script which the cast was not at all happy with...but they channeled that into their performance and I think that made it that much better.


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I was Henry Ford in a production last summer in Las Vegas
What a great show
I would do it again
We had an excellent cast and was well recieved by the community


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ILoveToSing2010 wrote:
I am Currently Sarah's Friend in my High Schools Production!!!! And I'm white. The whole cast is white. There is a very small percent of blacks in my school and they wouldn't want to do the musical. .



And calling them "they" will probably HELP your performance!!!!

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