The Kentwood Players theater group is presenting the 1998 Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime at the Westchester Playhouse through Saturday, April 20.
Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday at the playhouse, 8301 Hindry Ave., Westchester,
Ragtime is a quintessential American musical that paints a powerful portrait of life at the turn of the 20th century, says Shari Barrett, Kentwood Players spokeswoman. Three stories are woven together that illustrate the struggle Americans faced dealing with class, race, money and justice in a country still struggling to find balance as they moved from the 19th to the 20th century.
The story tells of a tumultuous time when immigrants were looking to find hope in America, and when former slaves and their children, now freed, were trying to establish their hold on the American dream, and the white, upper middle-class society struggled to maintain their lifestyle and expectations.
Intertwined with the fictional characters are many historical figures, including Emma Goldman, Harry Houdini, Henry Ford, Adm. Peary, Stanford White, Harry K. Thaw, Evelyn Nesbitt, Booker T. Washington and J.P. Morgan.
The production is directed by Susan Goldman Weisbarth, with musical director Bill Wolfe, choreographer Victoria Miller, and produced by Margie Bates and Gail Bernardi by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.
Tickets are $23 with a $2 discount for seniors, students, servicemen/women, and Metro riders. To purchase tickets, (310) 645-5156 during box office hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are also available online.