UPDATED: Seeking Female Equity and Non-Equity Actors for Ragtime Women

Seeking Female Equity and Non-Equity Actors for Original Musical – “Ragtime Women”

Theatre Elision will hold auditions for Ragtime Women -- an original musical telling the story of four women in the early 1900s who defied conventional female expectations of the time to become successful musicians, performers and composers.  

Auditions:                Friday, January 27th, 5:30 to 8:30 pm - FRIDAY AUDITION SLOTS ARE FULL;  Saturday, January 28th, 12:20 pm to 5:30 pm

Callbacks:                Monday, January 30th, 7:00 to 8:30 pm, if needed

Location:                  Senior Center room at Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill St. NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421.

                                 Park behind Murzyn Hall and enter that downstairs door.  The room will be immediately to your left.

Prepare:                   32 bars of a golden age ballad OR golden age upbeat song.  Bring headshot, resume and sheet music.

Accompanist will be provided.

Sign Up:                    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090544a4aa22aafe3-ragtime

Note to AEA actors:  If on-line audition slots are full, please email us before January 26th at [email protected] to schedule an audition time.

Actors of all races and ethnicities are encouraged to audition.  We will only be casting actors age 18+.  

Our budget cannot accommodate housing for out-of-town actors.

Further information about the production can be found at www.ragtimewomen.com.


Theatre Elision operates under an AEA SPT Tier (1) contract.  AEA Actors will be paid SPT-1 minimum of $243/week for 5 weeks.  Non-equity actors will be paid a stipend of $800. 


There will be three weeks of rehearsal beginning on Monday, April 10th and ending Sunday, April 30th.  Rehearsals will be held at Murzyn Hall, 530 Mill St. NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421.  Specific rehearsal days and times will be determined after casting.  Please be prepared to share any rehearsal conflicts at callbacks.  Two required technical rehearsals will be held Monday, May 1st and Tuesday, May 2nd from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm.


Eight performances and one preview will be held at Dreamland Arts, 677 Hamline Avenue North, St. Paul

Invitation Only Preview: Wednesday, May 3rd at 7:30 pm

Public Performances:  Thursday May 4th – Saturday May 6th at 7:30 pm; Sunday, May 7th at 2:30 pm; Thursday May 11th – Saturday May 13th at 7:30 pm; Sunday, May 14th at 2:30 pm.

Available Roles:

Julia - Leading

  • Female, Mid-Late 20s
  • Independent, modern woman of the early 1900s.  A bit of a rebel.  She is determined to follow her dream to be a composer and professional musician, and isn’t concerned about the sacrifices she must make to do so.  Probably the least talented of the three young women, but the most passionate and committed.  She does many things other women just don’t do, like wear pants and drive her own car.
  • Mezzo soprano with large range (F3 to E5); Strong parts singing required.
  • Ability to play piano preferred but not required.

May - Leading

  • Female, Early-Mid 20s
  • A talented composer who publishes a large volume of songs in just three years.  She is torn between her desire to pursue her music and lead a conventional life as an upper-class wife and mother.  She was raised in a privileged, musical family, and educated at the best schools.  She marries at age 20, and her husband does not support her work as a composer.  She tries to balance both, but eventually gives up her music after her husband’s ultimatum.
  • Soprano (B3 to A5), with lower extension; Strong parts singing required.
  • Ability to play piano preferred but not required.

Cora - Supporting

  • Female, Late 30s-Mid 40s
  • Vaudeville singer and comedian in the early 1900s.  Creative, independent, and opportunistic.  She has no regrets about living a performer’s life, but realistic about the sacrifices required.  She is an unknowing mentor/inspiration to Julia.  She has a strong attachment to her mother, and ultimately leaves performing to care for her as she is dying.
  • Mezzo soprano (A3 to D5); Strong parts singing required.

Gladys - Supporting

  • Female, Late teens-early 20s
  • Young music prodigy who tags along with the older girls.  She is not serious about her music but goes along for a time because everyone else is doing it.    She ultimately choses a conventional married life and gives up her music.  She has no conflict or regrets about this choice.
  • Mezzo soprano (F3 to C5); Strong parts singing required.

Contact information

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