UK Opera takes main stage with ‘Ragtime’

Sara Nederhoed

UK Opera Theatre takes main stage starting the 2016-2017 season Oct. 6-9 with the Tony Award winning musical “Ragtime.”

The musical marks the opera theatre’s opening show this performing year at the Singletary Center for the Arts. 

“Ragtime” is a turn-of-the-20th-century musical set in New York. It follows the story line of three diverse families who are looking to find the American dream. Worlds of a wealthy white couple, a Jewish immigrant father and daughter and an African-American musician weave together, according to UK Now’s website.

“This musical sweeps across the diversity of the nation to create a stirring epic that captures the beats of the American experience: the marches, the cakewalks and, of course, the ragtime,” UK Now’s website said. 

The UK Opera Theatre program is in the School of Music at the College of Fine Arts. The school has gained a reputation for its opera performances across the nation, bringing in many different viewers to these performances.

Cast members are students in the Opera Theatre program here at UK. The program attracts many top singing talents according to the opera theatre’s website.

“One reason is world-class faculty dedicated to teaching and training students to succeed at the highest levels,” the website said. 

Alumni are able to get a $5 discount for tickets purchased during UK’s Homecoming week, Oct. 2-9. UK faculty, staff and students are also able to receive a discount only through the Singletary Center ticket office. Tickets to the public have a price range of $38-$45 that can be bought through the Singletary Center as well.

The musical attendees can look forward to seeing a musical that will capture the true American experience through several different families’ perspectives. 

Curtain call for “Ragtime” is 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 6, 7, 9, and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8.