RAGTIME

COSTUME DESIGNER

Ragtime is a musical based on E.L.Doctoro’s epic novel centered around social issues in early 20th century America. This sprawling production was the musical’s much anticipated Australian premier, and also marked the final show to be produced by The Production Company.

 

The many costumes for this vast production were steeped in naturalism and encompassed the period in New York’s history spanning the dawn of the new century, leading up to outbreak of the First World War. I used costume to create distinct looks for the three main groups of characters in the script.

 

The crisp, clean, cream and white linens and laces delineated the wealthy and privileged New Rochelle industrialists. These characters were adorned in elegant Edwardian tea gowns topped with deliciously trimmed picture hats, with the men in crisp summer pinstripe linens and fine wool suits.

 

This contrasted with the dapper and soigné African American musicians of Harlem. In their deep reds, rich pinks & purples and vibrant blues, with bold stripes, dynamic prints and the visual eclecticism of mixing pattern with pattern.

 

The European immigrants, seemingly dressed in rags, were treated in a vast palate of greys and browns. Their costuming equally complex in in its layering of textures and art finished fabrics, to tell the story of displaced people of various origins, fleeing the old world, surviving the long journey, and arriving in this new foreign land of opportunity at the start of a new modern century.

 

Director

Roger Hodgeman

Musical Director

Guy Nobel

Choreography

Dana Jolly

Lighting

Nigel Levings

Set

Christina Smith

Production Photography

Jeff Busby

PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHY

BEHIND THE SEAMS

ILLUSTRATIONS

PRODUCTION CREDITS

Book by Terrance McNally

Music by Stephen Flaherty

Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Based on the 1975 novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

 

Australian Premier

The State Theatre, Arts Centre Melbourne

The Production Company 2019

 

Director
ROGER HODGMAN

 

Musical Director
GUY NOBLE

 

Choreographer
DANA JOLLY

 

Costumes
ISAAC LUMMIS

 

Set
CHRISTINA SMITH


Lighting
NIGEL LEVINGS

Sound
PETER GRUBB, KELVIN GEDYE and JOHN SCANDRETT – SYSTEM SOUND

 

THE PRODUCTION COMPANY ORCHESTRA

 

Cast

KURT KANSLEY

GEORGINA HOPSON

ALEXANDER LEWIS

CHLOE ZUEL

ADAM MURPHY

SAGE DOUGLAS

MACKENZIE DUNN

FINN ALEXANDER

JOHN McTERNAN

JOHN O'MAY

ANTON BEREZIN

JOTI GORE

MATT HAMILTON

LOUIS LUCENTE

RUVA NGWENYA

SHAUNTAI BATZKE

KAYA BYRNE

MIA DABKOWSKI-CHANDLER

MARK DOGGETT

COURTNEY GLASS

GARETH JACOBS

NANA MATAPULE

BARRY MITCHELL

VICTORY NDUKWE

GRETA SHERRIFF

JAS SMITH

ANGELINA THOMSON

KEMPTON MALONEY

HUDSON SHARP

SUMMER HAMILTON

ANNIE SAINSBERY

 

Melbourne, Victoria

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