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Ragtime is a musical with a book by Terrence McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. Belmont University teamed up with Fisk University to produce Ragtime as part of Belmont University's series on The Art of Being Free. The performances took place in Massey Performing Arts Center on November 21-23, 2008 in Nashville, TN.

Based on the 1975 novel by E. L. Doctorow, Ragtime tells the story of three groups in America, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Harlem musician; Mother, the matriarch of a WASP family in New Rochelle, NY; and Tateh, a Latvian Jewish immigrant. Historical figures such as Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, Booker T. Washington, J. P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Stanford White, Harry Kendall Thaw, Admiral Peary, Matthew Henson, and Emma Goldman also appear. The music includes marches, cakewalks, gospel and ragtime.

The cast included Brittany Church ('11) as Edgar (Little Boy), Zach Pannell ('09) as Father, Kara Farmer ('09) as Mother, Nathan Meyer ('09) as Younger Brother, Michael Rosenbaum ('10) as Grandfather, Deonte Warren ('10) as Coalhouse Walker Jr., Ella Glasgow (Alum) as Sarah, Joe Cornelius (Community Performer) as Booker T. Washington, James Lombardino ('09) as Tateh, Laura Beam ('10) as Little Girl, Tommy Wallace ('11) as Harry Houdini, Devin Clevinger ('12) as J. P. Morgan, Ben Laxton ('11) as Henry Ford, Jessica Blair ('09) as Emma Goldman, Stephanie Jones-Benton ('09) as Evelyn Nasbit and Piper Jones ('12) as Sarah's Friend.

The Ensemble included Caleigh Alessi ('12), John Laing ('12), Audrey Filson ('10), Whitney Garmon ('09), Logan Kemper ('09), Maria Logan ('09), Regina Rigney ('09), Maggie McDowell ('11), Jordan Parkyn ('11/'12), Erik J. Christensen ('12), Calvin Malone ('12), Catherine Birdsong ('10), Keith Bishop ('11), Brad Lawson ('10), Christopher James ('09), Elizabeth Smith ('10), Millie Ledbetter ('10), Brad Lawson ('10) and Stephanie Brandenburg ('09) as PEOPLE OF NEW ROCHELLE; Raychel McKelvy, Piper Jones (Commercial Music '12), Alora Alexander (Fisk U), Ceandris Williams, Shantoinette Bradley (Fisk U), P.J. Morton (Fisk U), Eric Copeland (Fisk U), Briana Blackman (Commercial Music '12), and Makelsa Jones (Fisk U) as PEOPLE OF HARLEM; Daniella Mason ('11), Jacquelyn Miller ('11/'12), Paige Salter ('09), Brittany Simmons ('09), Andrea Rouch ('11), Kate Brassel ('10), Robbie Lee ('12), Katie Johnston ('09), Lauren Turner ('10), Kelsey Self ('12), Hannah Jackson ('10), Lindsay Schroeder ('10), Michelle Garramone ('12), Meghan Glogower ('12) and Douglas Waterbury-Tieman ('12) as IMMIGRANTS.

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