‘Ragtime’ is a musical filled with talent

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Ragtime is a colorful and charming musical outlining the social tensions of the budding 19th century America. Full of big glitzy performances and huge group dance numbers, CSUN’s talent really shines in this broadway classic.

The story follows three main groups in turn-of-the-century New York: affluent whites, African-Americans and immigrants. These three groups each have their own representatives that emerge during the show: Mother (Skye Privat), Coalhouse Walker Jr. (Robert Collins) and Tateh (John Haukoos), respectively.

The trio, with astounding voices, bring life and depth to their characters. Privat’s Mother struggles to find her independence and strength in a man’s world, while Collins’s reformed bad-boy-musician Coalhouse is sure to melt everyone’s heart. And let’s not forget Haukoos’ Tateh, who maintains a consistently accurate Eastern european accent, all while singing and dancing around with his adorable daughter, who he’s just trying to provide a better life for.

The entire supporting cast is phenomenal. Each character is struggling with the changing times, trying to find their place in the emerging cultures. Mother’s Younger Brother (Jared Tkocz) joins the radical movements, desperate to find something to care about. He’s pulled into the social craze by anarchist Emma Goldman (Savanna Chute) who loudly and proudly campaigns for everyone’s civil rights.

Coalhouse’s lost love, Sarah (Nia Bernstine), brings in a heartbreaking love story, and Bernstine’s voice mixes with Collins’s to form the perfect amount of soul during their duets that delivers goosebumps every time. This is best exemplified in their performance of “Wheels of a Dream” and “Sarah Brown Eyes.”

Father (Steven Brogan) is just trying to keep his family together during the times of turmoil, unsure of how to react to the new people in his once so simple world. A personal favorite was Grandfather (played expertly by Bill Taylor) whose sole purpose was to stroll through a scene, make a cranky one liner, and nonchalantly stroll back off stage as the crowd howled.

Harry Houdini (Hunter Paris) makes an appearance, serving as a symbol of hope for the immigrants who came to America in search of a better life, especially to Tateh. There’s also Evelyn Nesbit (Shelby Wane), a vaudeville singer with a trademark high-pitched “Weee!”  and whose dramatic personal life reminds one of a 20th century Kim Kardashian.

The cast is huge, with most of the ensemble performing double duty throughout the musical. Many of them ran through impressively quick costume changes, going from street urchins, to lawyers or police officers, and never missing a beat. Every scene flowed smoothly and expertly.

The entire show is rounded out well by an impressively versatile, multi-level set, accurate time-period costumes and a live orchestra.

Ragtime is sure to provide an entertaining and dramatic evening full of music and heart that anyone will enjoy.

 


CSUN Theater presents Ragtime

Csun’s theater department presents the musical “Ragtime.” the cast and an orchestra tell the story of some famous pioneers, such as Booker T. Washington.

Storified by Daily Sundial· Wed, Mar 27 2013 13:34:03

RAGTIME at CSUN opening 3/21!Leslie Stevens
At a rehearsal for CSUN’s production of Ragtime….Did I mention how much I love theatre?! I MISS IT SO MUCH:(Princess Arielle
That was sooo amazing!! I fell in love with the cast<3 #ragtime #CSUNPrincess Arielle
"The people called it Ragtime!" Well I call it FANTASTIC! Savanna Chute is so amazing! <3 P.S. Go see Ragtime at CSUN!Isabel Rayas
Doing my first show in over five years. :-) Ragtime! playing Willie Conklin the racist mean-pants fire chief. We open tonight 22-30 @CSUNRyan Marshall
#PicFrame on a #wonderful #date with @lilbabychatterbox #showtime #csun #ragtimeIsabel Pacas-Tafolla
Overworked as fuck for this thing and it’s gonna be gone in just one more weekend…fucking technical theatre life man…stolen from the scenic painter @chromatoseMatthew Muranaga
Waiting For @whereis_pare_is to put on a show #ragtime #csun #chillin #randomhashtag #goodfriends #goodshow #ivyleague #swampthang #WeOnMichael Carter
Intermission for #Ragtime at #CSUN. you know I was ballin during "your daddy’s son"Sam
If you go to csun, make sure you see Ragtime the musical. It’s a great production!Lexy
#RAGTIME everyone should go see it @thebman400 was amazing as the little boy (#edgar) even though he was starving he was amAzing and was an amazing singer ad an amazing actor. Now I see y all the time when I invite him to something and he says no I have acting I see it all y. There’s a reason y he should miss all theeese party’s!!!!!! @thebman400 @thebman400 #ragtime #littleboy #amazing #CSUNJordi
Opening night pride! #ragtime #csunJordan Slocum
@jsabsiii from #yellowface to #ragtime #csun #performingarts #proudkuya. #datenight with @lbusante. #arts #media #program #mikecurb #frontrowseats #soldoutnight #campustheatreJohnnie Boy S.
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You know it’s a good show when you can’t stop singing the songs #ragtime #cast #beautiful #fantastic #well #done #proud #memories #sweetashleypegs
Gran Scott Joplin! Ragtime pràcticament acabat:) #piano #ScottJoplin #assajant #música #ragtimeNuria Planes Conangla
#showbestie #ragtime #getitdonesgchute
So excited to give my brother a little culture Friday night by taking him to see CSUN’s Ragtime! @AllenMattox love you boo Sasha Fierce
Watching the musical "Ragtime" at CSUN. They are killing it! #sogood #imamazed #musical #theatre #itswhatido #bejealous #ornot #itsokayEmerson Stidham
Serving some real Immigrant Realness! @beadsflowersglitter @graceyloufreebush #csun #ragtime #theatre #teamimmigrant #werk #models #familyphoto #watchout #noproblemsDanny Guerrero ?
Just returned from CSUN Theatre Department’s production of Ragtime….I’m mesmerized! Everything about it was incredible…acting, singing, sets, the band…You all should be very proud!Calabria Foti II
This is last week of #ragtime #csun and it is so moving!! I can’t wait to see it again WednesdaySuzan Brownlee
If you haven’t seen it yet, go see CSUN’s production of "Ragtime" my little @theedivamomo is incredible! Along with the rest of the cast, I’m just a little biased. #sheisawesome #gowatch #youwontbedisappointed #csun #ragtime #musical #phenomenalshow #gowatch #pleaseEmerson Stidham
Don’t miss out on #Ragtime! Can’t wait to go back on Wednesday! #theatre #csun #crimeofthecentury #yesiknowimcoveringjacobsface #sorryaboutitmissjacob #classicdanny #whenwillearnDanny Guerrero ?
@sherookie wanna watch #ragtime at #CSUN TONIGHT!Jonathan Kirklin
Shelby wane… My super star! #ragtime #csun #bestfriends #sunday #funday with @jamesledouche jeanelle_nicole

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