After more than 10 years and 32 theatre productions for audiences across West Tennessee, the Renaissance Theatre program at Bethel University will take the stage again at the DIXIE this coming April. In the past years, RenaissanceTheatre has brought some of the best stories in musical theatre to life including “Mary Poppins,” “Les Miserables,” “Peter Pan,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Hairspray,” and “A Christmas Carol.”
Coming to the DIXIE this April is the highly acclaimed musical “RAGTIME”.
“This production is a narrative that reflects love, passion, and family wrapped up in a tumultuous time in America’s history,” commented Brian Hill, Director of the Renaissance Theatre Program. “It is a story of justice for the broken, hope for the downtrodden, and love in the face of adversity. It is a story that is timeless, and truly reflects some of the situations that our nation faces even today.”
The story follows the lives of three individuals looking to find their place in a society and culture that is changing. A typical suburban mother, a Jewish immigrant, and a successful musician from different backgrounds and cultures are thrust together through a series of events that will forever link them and their families. While the situations may seem difficult, our characters learn that through the power of love and kindness, a nation can change for the better, one person at a time. Above everything, “Ragtime” is a story of hope for a better tomorrow, a story that all of us need to hear.
“When we select a show to produce, we look for scripts that challenge people, provide incredible performance opportunities for our students, and storylines that audiences will enjoy. This show fits what we do, and why we do it, perfectly,” Brian added.
Featuring over 75 actors, a full orchestra, and backstage students, this show will be a grand event that you will remember for years to come. “Ragtime” will be presented on April 7 and 8 at the DIXIE Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center in Huntingdon, Tennessee. Tickets and showtimes are available by calling the DIXIE box office at 731-986-2100
or going online to www.dixiepac.net
. “Ragtime” is recommended for students of middle school age and older.