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UHS Fine Arts to produce "Ragtime"

December 6, 2013
Dysart Reporter

The Union High School Fine Arts Department under the direction of Tim J. Mitchell, Korina Carlson and Mike Bistline announce the selection of their annual Spring Musical as "Ragtime". This classic American musical by Terrence McNally, Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens will be produced March 21st and 22nd in the newly renovated Matt Auditorium in La Porte City. Auditions for the show will take place on Dec. 17th, 18th & 19th with rehearsals beginning Jan 4 and are open to anyone in the student body of Union High School. You do not have to be a member of the current fine arts programs at Union in order to participate. The Union FAST (Fine Arts Support Team) will again be presenting a dinner theatre option available to 100 attendees of the Saturday performance. Details on tickets for the dinner theatre and the main stage production will come out in Feb. of 2014.

"Ragtime" is a powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America, and a relevant tale for today. Written by the award-winning composer/lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens (ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, SEUSSICAL and LUCKY STIFF), noted playwright Terrence McNally, (KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN, MASTER CLASS), and 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.

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.

The Tony-winning score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty 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.

Watch for more details on how to purchase tickets in January.



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