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FLT opens 2012-13 season with 'Ragtime'
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Immigrants join together for song and dance in ‘Ragtime’

The Florence Little Theatre opens its 2012-2013 Season of Favorites with the powerful musical, “Ragtime,”on Friday, Sept. 14. The production, runs thru Sept. 22. It is being underwritten by Wells Fargo, and directed by Shaw Thompson.

Debuting with the show will be a new LED lighting system which will not only enhance all future productions, but offers substantial savings on electricity usage and costs.

The musical is based on the novel “Ragtime” by E.L. Doctorow with play book by Terrance McNally. This is the first time that FLT has presented this show.

Ragtime is not only a portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America, but a relevant tale for today. 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 with lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by 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.

The show’s staff includes Arlene Boyd, assistant director; Robin Thompson, musical director; Glenn Gourley, choreographer, assisted by Margaret Saverance and Will Bynum; Julia Saverance, stage manager, Abby Mills and Kitty Murrell, costume coordinators; Pat Sowell, sound; Joe DeVito, lighting design; Shannon Dunn, props coordinator, and Lisa Sims, set construction.

Featured in the cast are Harry McFadden, Jamie Lambert, John Bankson, Amesha Johnson, Cheryl Brown, Rebecca Thompson, Joey Webster, Kristin Keily, Kristin Hardaway, Jay Black, Ray Taylor, Ashley Costas, Matthew Jeffords, Blake Graham, Sharyn Mapes, Steve Mapes, Larry Chewning, David Boyd, Cavender Holt, Joshua Lowder, Sara Margaret Morris, Reagan Young and Julian Duncan.

Also, the people of New Rochelle chorus include Nikki Frabott, Cindy Hewitt, Allison Minnick, Maitland Weaver, Will Bynum, Joseph Hilbourn, Jonathan Lewis, Garret Lochner, Andrew Poston, Philip Rast, Preston Stone and Colby Witt.

The people of Harlem chorus include Jasmine Adams, Chinel Boateng, Kierra Carter, Shirley Cusaac, Tajama Gee, Nydia Rodgers, Marcia Snowden, Richard Brockington, Carl Bryant, Cole Davis, John Gee, Jovan Kindred, Joshua McKenney, Xavier Nettles, and AnFernee Robinson.

The immigrant chorus includes Frankie Sullivan, Robin Bowman, Kaybren Boyd, Tippi Harwell, Raija Haughn, Lynne Langston, Kelley Pierce, Beth Rouse, Houston Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Larry Chewning, Matthew Jeffords, Mike Rouse, and Joseph Steen.

The pit chorus includes Chanda Brown, Di Pauley, Cara Jeffords, Corbin Witt and Kris Wilder.

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each evening, except on Sunday, Sept. 16 when there is a 3 p.m. matinee. The theatre is dark on Monday, Sept. 17 and performances resume on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. and continue at the same time thru Saturday, Sept. 22.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $18 for students. There is a $3 discount per ticket on Tuesday and Wednesday performances. Reservations for the show are required and may be made by calling the FLT box office at 662-3731.

If you have not purchased a season ticket, it is not too late. Save big over box office prices by buying a season membership.
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