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University Theatre to perform award-winning musical 'Ragtime'

Jessica Boehmer, who plays the Evelyn Nesbit, performs "The Crime of the Century" in the final Ragtime dress rehearsal on Nov. 5 in Bush Theatre.

Central Michigan University School of Music and University Theatre have partnered up to perform Tony Award-winning musical "Ragtime." 

Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6-9 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 10 in Bush Theatre. 

"'Ragtime' is the story of three distinct populations, each of which features a prominent story: Mother and father in New Rochelle; Tateh and his little girl, immigrants from Eastern Europe; Coalhouse Walker, Jr. and Sarah from Harlem," said "Ragtime" director and theater and dance faculty member Annette Thornton. "All three stories collide, intertwine, and explore what it means to live in America during the decade leading up to World War I."

The music in the show is performed by a live orchestra of 17 music students, and is conducted by graduate student Seyedhamidreza Pirasteh.

Ticket prices start at $13 each and can be purchased online at Ticket Central or at the door.

"The story is important, the music is rich and full, the actors are 100% invested, and the technical elements are stellar," Thornton said.