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Arts Collective @HCC Holds Auditions for ‘Ragtime the Musical’ Tomorrow 2/1 and Mon 2/3

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Open Auditions: All Ages and Ethnicities Encouraged to Attend

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 HCC’s Arts Collective Announces Auditions for Ragtime

TOMORROW, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1ST

AND MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2014

Arts Collective proudly announces auditions for its spring production of Ragtime the Musical.  Book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty, and based on the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow. Directed by David Gregory and Musical Direction by Mayumi B. Griffie.

CASTING: Auditions are open to current and past HCC students, and guest artists. We seek strong singers who move well. Roles are available for ages sixteen and up, and two roles available for one girl and one boy ages ten and older. Principal characters are supported by a versatile ensemble which will play several roles throughout. All roles are open and non-paid, and all ethnicities are encouraged to audition.

Auditions (by appointment only) will take place Saturday, February 1st, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and Monday, February 3rd, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, in HCC’s HVPA Room 115.

You must sign-in BEFORE 11:30 am and 8:30 pm, respectively,

those who arrive later than 11:30 am on February 1st And 8:30 pm on February 3rd may not be seen.

Audition appointment information is available on AC’s website: www.howardcc.edu/artscollective. You must request an audition appointment online via the website.

For the audition please prepare 16 – 32 bars of a song in the style of the show. No pop, rock, or Sondheim please.

Please arrive dressed to dance light choreographed movement. More information about the character breakdown is available on AC’s website.

Auditions will take place in Howard Community College’s Horowitz Center, in HVPA 115.  Detailed driving directions and parking information is available on the Arts Collective website www.howardcc.edu/artscollective.

Rehearsals will begin the week of February 16, 2014 and will occur weekday evenings and weekend mornings and/or afternoons.

Performance dates include May 8, 9, 10, 11 and May 15, 16, 17, 18, 2014, on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm in HCC’s Smith Theatre, Columbia, MD.

About Ragtime:

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Early 20th century generations collide in this emotionally charged journey bursting with passion, tragedy and love. A tapestry focused on social upheaval which speaks directly to the pulse of America today. RAGTIME!

“Called by Time Magazine ‘A triumph for the stage,’ and by the International Herald Tribune ‘the best musical in twenty years,’ this acclaimed musical won 1998 Tony Awards for Best Score, Book, and Orchestrations, and won both the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for Best Musical and Best Score. RAGTIME is based on E.L. Doctorow’s distinguished novel; the musical intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families, as they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. The Tony-winning score is just as diverse as the melting pot of America itself. It draws upon many musical styles from the ragtime rhythms of Harlem and Tin Pan Alley to the klezmer of the Lower East Side, from bold brass band marches to delicate waltzes, from up-tempo banjo tunes to period parlor songs and expansive anthems.” [Musical Theatre International]

About the Director:

David Gregory.

David Gregory.

David Gregory makes his Arts Collective debut with Ragtime. Originally from Spain, David has performed and directed in the Baltimore area for almost 15 years. Directing credits include “Brooklyn: The Musical”, Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party”, “Side Show”, “Café” (Premiere at University of Maryland), “For Whom The Southern Belle Tolls”, “A New Brain”, “Dreamgirls” (Toby’s Dinner Theatre), and “Songs For A New World”.  While completing his MFA at Towson University, he translated and co-directed the first English production and U.S. premier of “Los Engranajes” (The Gears) by Rául Hernández Garrido; he also directed the world-premiere of “7:32 The Musical”, which was honored as a Kennedy Center Theatre Region II Finalist.  Choreography credits include “Bernarda Alba”, “Bare”, “Falsettos”, and “A New Brain”. As founder and Artistic Director of Teatro101, David has produced critically acclaimed productions of “The Little Dog Laughed”, “Side Show” (City Paper Top Ten), “Violet” (DC Theatre Scene Top Ten), “The Wild Party” (Broadwayworld’s Not To Miss), and “Brooklyn” (Maryland Theatre Guide Top List). Also a performer, David recently appeared in the regional premiere of “In The Heights” as Usnavi and in The Olney Theatre Center’s “King and I”.  Some of his favorite performances include roles in “The Color Purple”, “Legally Blonde”, “Aida”, “Rent”, “Into The Woods”, “Angels in America”, “Sweeney Todd”, “Romance/Romance”, “West Side Story”, “Falsettos”, “Arcadia”, “Spelling Bee”, and “Jesus Christ Superstar” to name a few. While not performing or directing, David teaches various theatre courses at Towson University and the University of Maryland, where he is completing his PhD. He also holds a MFA in Theatre Arts from Towson University and a MA in Arts Administration from Goucher College.

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About HCC’s Arts Collective

Now in its 19th Season, Arts Collective (AC) is a creative force, entirely committed to offering diverse, awe-inspiring works across several genres, including plays, musicals, improvisation, dance and more! Established in 1994, AC is a professionally run organization all about supporting, nurturing and fusing collaborative relationships between all artists, from students to professionals, on and off the stage, to Howard County and beyond.  View AC’s 19th Season line-up: www.howardcc.edu/artscollective.

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