Hickory – The sweeping and emotionally evocative show Ragtime the Musical begins its 10 performance run this Friday, May 11th at 8:00pm in the Jeffers Theatre. Performances continue through the 27th.

This musical is a vigorous and heartfelt portrayal of races and classes encountering each other in the early 20th century. It’s about beauty, dreams and reconciliation for sure, but it’s also about power, bigotry and brutality. Because of the nature of this content the Theatre has put a PG rating on this production.

Ragtime the Musical is a majestic, intense and important musical that is not for most young children, owing to episodes of violence and racial epithets. These elements are essential to the message of the story and true to spirit of the source material, the original novel by E. L. Doctorow. For more information on the show’s content visit the Ragtime page at hickorytheatre.org/season/ragtime.

Doctorow’s widow, Helen Setzer Doctorow, will be at the Theatre for the opening performance. Mrs. Doctorow is a native of Hickory and one of the original actors at the Theatre. She will be giving a talk at the Patrick Beaver Memorial Library on Saturday at 10am about the show, the novel and her early experiences at the Theatre.

Performances of Ragtime the Musical are Fridays and Saturdays (May 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26) at 8:00pm, Thursdays (May 17 & 24) at 7:30pm and Sundays (May 20 & 27) at 2:30pm.

Tickets for Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $10 for students and youth 18 & under. Thursday night tickets for adults and seniors are $16, students and children are $10. Tickets are on sale online at hickorytheatre.org or through the Theatre box office, in person or by phone at 828-328-2283. Box office hours are 12-5 Wednesday through Saturday.

HCT is a Funded Affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County. The 2017-2018 Season is sponsored by Paramount Automotive and A Cleaner World. Ragtime the Musical is produced by The United Arts Council of Catawba County, The City of Hickory Community Relations Council, The Hickory International Council and David and Susan Walker.

Photo: Kathryn Whalen is Little Girl and David Ingle is Tateh in Ragtime, opening May 11th at the Hickory Community Theatre. Performances run through May 27th on the Mainstage in the Jeffers Theatre. Click www.hickorytheatre.org or call (828) 328-2283 for tickets and information. Photo by Ken Burns.