Encore Theatrical Company will present the musical masterpiece “Ragtime” July 14-23. Based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, “Ragtime” is a musical that inspires everyone through its poignant and epic story and a score of show-stopping musical numbers.
It’s the turn-of-the century, everything is changing and anything is possible. “Ragtime” follows the lives of three American families and their communities through the promise-filled early 20th century. Set against the backdrop of the volatile melting pot of New York City, the musical weaves together three distinct American stories—a determined Jewish immigrant father, a daring Harlem musician, and a stifled woman of privilege—united by their courage, compassion, and belief in a better tomorrow. Together they confront what it means to be an American at the dawn of a new century.
The production is directed by Micah-Shane Brewer, Artistic Director of Encore. “I can’t think of a better show to do now than ‘Ragtime,’” explained Brewer. “This musical explores issues that have always challenged us as a nation – issues that are still as relevant as they were during the early 20th century – race, class, and immigration. ‘Ragtime’ explores how we define ourselves as a nation and how we all share similar hopes and dreams even though we may have different lives and faces.”
Seth O’Kegley is the music director for the production and leads a 15-piece orchestra for the production. Orchestra members are Jessica Allison, Brandon Coffer, Sarah Eskola, Amanda Johnson, Chris Gillenwaters, Robb Neill, Ana Oliveros, Laurie Parrot, Jon Ross, Julie Roy, James Rutledge, Dustin Turley, Sarah Walker, Jeremy West, and Steve Wilaniskis.
The production is stage managed by Amy Eanes. The production team includes Colton Berg, Ian Braun, David Burnette, Robin Carpenter, Alex Cooper, Elijah Harris, Denise Johnson, Kathy Jones-Terry, Michael Malone, Kim Wilaniskis, Frank Williams, and Gene Wooten.
The production is sponsored by Pete and Sami Barile, First People’s Bank, Heartland Title Services, JTEKT, Lakeway Dermatology Associates, Tarr Chevrolet, Tennessee Arts Commission, and WCRK / WMTN.
Performances run for two weekends with evening performances on July 14, 15, 21, and 22 at 8:00 p.m. and matinee performances on July 16 and 23 at 2:00 p.m. Performances are located at the Jefferson County High School Performing Arts Center, located at 115 W. Dumplin Valley Road in Dandridge.
For tickets and more information about the production, please visit www.etcplays.org or call 423-318-8331.