Elon University’s Performing Arts Department presents the musical ‘Ragtime’

By Connor Cavanaugh

For 6 days at Elon, Harlem musicians, upper-class suburbanites, and Eastern European immigrants will come together to dazzle audiences with singing, dancing and drama.


Poster art for ‘Ragtime’
Courtesy of Wikipedia.

Elon University’s Department of Performing Arts is presenting ‘Ragtime,’ showing in McCrary Theatre Oct. 24-26, and Oct. 31-Nov. 2 at 7:30 p.m. on all six dates.

‘Ragtime’ is based on the novel by E.L. Doctorow, following the stories of three diverse families as they struggle through contradictions of wealth and poverty in America at the turn of the 20th century.

The original Broadway production garnered 13 Tony Award nominations, winning four, including Best Original Score, Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical and Best Orchestrations. After its original two-year run, the musical was revived on Broadway in 2009, receiving a further six Tony Award nominations.

Elon’s productions of the musical is directed by Catherine McNeela,
 choreographed by Lynne Kurdziel-Formato and conducted by Richard Church, all Elon performing arts faculty.

“’Ragtime’ is and epic, moving and historical experience beyond words,” said Elon sophomore and cast member Drew Shafranek. “It’s a show about people getting through their differences and fighting for what they know is right.”

Additionally, there are many characters that audience members will be familiar with.

“The show is full of historical characters such as Henry Ford, Evelyn Nesbit, Booker T. Washington, and many more,” said Shafranek. “It’s going to be a truly incredible show and everyone on campus needs to experience the beautiful show Stephen Flaherty has created.”

Tickets for the event are $12, or free with an Elon ID.

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