August 23 - September 22

Ragtime The Musical

Produced by: Garden Theatre
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Based on the novel “Ragtime” by E. L. Doctorow

At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible. In the melting-pot of New York City, a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring young Harlem musician are brought together by the promise of the future. Filled with compassion, courage, and America’s great historical figures, Ragtime is an inspirational musical that displays the true portrait of America.

This show contains mature themes, mild violence, and strong language including racial slurs. We encourage you to use your judgment based on your child’s age and maturity level.

This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. This project is funded in part by United Arts of Central Florida, home of and

cast & crew


Coalhouse Walker Jr.: Brandon Martin*

Sarah: Dayja Le’Chelle Legg

Mother: Amy Sue Hardy

Father: David Lowe

The Little Boy: Aidan Bangsund

Younger Brother: Russell Stephens

Grandfather / Henry Ford: John Pelkey

Booker T. Washington: Joe Adams

Tateh: Michael Ursua*

The Little Girl: Scarlett Rose Russo

Harry Houdini / Willie Conklin: Adam DelMedico

Emma Goldman: Janine Papin

Evelyn Nesbit: Tricia Jane Wiles

Harlem Man: Zachary S. Williams

Harlem Woman: Jade Jones

J.P. Morgan: CJ Roche

Sarah’s Friend: Jasmine Travick

Coalhouse Walker III: Roman Patrick, Evan Thomas

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association


Production Team

Director: Mark Edward Smith

Music Director: Robby Stamper

Choreographer: Carrie Crawford

Special Arrangements: Steven Gross

Stage Manager: Sherri Cox

Scenic Design: Joe Klug**

Lighting Design: George Jackson

Costume Design: Dan Jones

Sound Design: Anthony Narciso

Wig Design: Louis Rego

Artistic Director: Joseph C. Walsh

Production Manager: Jason Golinksy

Technical Director: Jim Zervas

Front of House and Company Manager: Debbie Sansing

Scenic Design Assistant: Alesha Hollatz

Props Master: Sarah Allen

Assistant Stage Manager / Child Wrangler: Linda Romanello

Assistant Stage Manager: Blue Estrella

Master Electrician / Lightboard & Audio Operator: David Clenney

Master Carpenter: Mark Sansing

Assistant Carpenter: Justin Harmon

Scenic Artist: Ruth Wilson

*Member, United Scenic Artists


Production Photos by Steven Miller Photography.

Publicity Photos by Bagwell Photography.



“The talent level was spectacular. The production value, costumes, lighting, set, and direction all first class. ” – Garden Theatre Guest

“The show was exceptional. We have been to the theatre many times and I believe this is the best show we have seen.” – Garden Theatre Guest

“Excellent cast. Impactful and timely story. Best show I have seen at the Garden.” – Garden Theatre Guest

“It was a powerfully performed show that brought me to tears twice.” – Garden Theatre Guest

“The performance was excellent! I cannot say enough about the beautiful voices and the great cast! I thoroughly enjoyed it!” – Garden Theatre Guest

“All the principal actors delight, though special mention must be made of Amy Sue Hardy, who beautifully shows how Mother’s generous heart overrules her sense of convention. As her husband, David Lowe remarkable captures his character’s growing confusion, awkwardness and sadness.

Brandon Martin, as Coalhouse, could let more righteous anger come to the surface. But he has a beautiful voice and captures the spirit of dogged determination. Janine Papin grabs the attention as a fiery advocate for the underprivileged. Michael Ursua makes a strong local debut as an immigrant whose pride and optimism shines through his disillusionment.” – Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

“For Ragtime, director Mark Edward Smith and his crew have crafted one of the most appealing and stately sets I’ve seen at the Garden Theatre. The blocking is clever and thoughtful – important when you have a big ensemble cast on a small stage – and the lighting and costumes are on point.” – Aaron Wallace, BroadwayWorld

‘Ragtime’: Garden production is an American must-see | Review – Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

BWW Review: Garden Theatre’s RAGTIME Is Something Special – Aaron Wallace, BroadwayWorld



ASL-Interpreted Performance

Thursday, September 5 | 7:30 pm

In partnership with Signing Shadows, Garden Theatre will present an ASL-interpreted performance.

When looking at the stage, the interpreters will be located in front of the stage on the far right.

For more information about the best seating to view the interpreters, please email

Panel Discussion

Building Solidarity Between Differences: The Contemporary Relevance of Ragtime: The Musical

September 8, 2019 | Following the 2:00 pm performance of Ragtime

A partnership between Garden Theatre and the Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida

Ragtime is a musical to inspire social change–and it teaches us that change starts when we bridge racial divides. Come together after the play for a dialogue that delves into the relevance of Ragtime in our contemporary world. Debrief on the use of racist language in the musical and our society, and discuss what steps we can begin to counteract bigotry.