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Local Residents Star in Ragtime

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East Orange residents Kirk Lambert and Vicki Ridley star in Pleasant Valley Productions' Ragtime February 8-15. Credits: Warren Westura
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EAST ORANGE, NJ - East Orange residents Kirk Lambert and Vicki Ridley star in an upcoming production of Ragtime. The West Orange based community theatre company, Pleasant Valley Productions is presenting the epic historical musical Ragtime from February 8-15, at the Roosevelt Middle School in West Orange, which is located at 36 Gilbert Place. 

Performances will occur on: Sat., February 8 at 7 p.m., Sun., February 9 at 2 p.m., Thurs., February 13, Fri., February 14, and Sat., February 15 at 7 p.m. 

As part of Black History Month and New Jersey’s 350th Anniversary celebration, a special educational talkback will follow the February 9 performance discussing the show’s themes and historic elements. 

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The production is directed by Camille Vecchio-DiLorenzo, with music direction by Ilene Greenbaum and choreography by East Orange resident Marcel Coleman, with Howie Tilkin serving as producer.

Lambert joins Pleasant Valley Productions to star in Ragtime as Coalhouse Walker Jr, an African-American man seeking justice and fighting racism in the turn-of-the-century America.  Ridley will be featured in the ensemble.

Ragtime is an epic musical that paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of life in the turn of the century America. Based on the 1975 E.L. Doctorow novel, and enhanced by a beautiful and lush score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty and a compelling book by Terrence McNally, Ragtime is a modern classic of American musical theatre.  Three distinct stories intertwine to depict life in the early 1900’s for three drastically different classes of Americans – the new immigrants from Italy and Eastern Europe, the African-American working class of Harlem and the already established and affluent Anglo-Americans.  

The memorable score combines the haunting music of the European immigrants with the exciting Ragtime music of the Harlem jazz clubs to result in an award-winning score that delights audiences.

For tickets and more information, please call 1-800-838-3006.

 

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