The Players Guild Theatre and Tracy Stadelman in Honor of Her Mother, Diana L. Stadelman are proud to present the three-time Tony Award® -winning musical, RAGTIME!


At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.


For this upcoming production of RAGTIME THE MUSICAL, the Players Guild has assembled a power-house cast of talented actors which includes:

Christopher Gales, who is returning home to Canton from NYC to reprise his role as Coalhouse Walker Jr. Guild favorite, Joy Ellis, will portray Coalhouse’s love interest, Sarah.  Additionally, PGT Resident Director, Jonathan Tisevich, will play the role of immigrant-turned filmmaker, Tateh.  Best known for her Guild roles, Mrs. Lovett in SWEENEY TODD and Lucy in JEKYLL AND HYDE, Heidi Swinford will play the role of Mother.  Another Guild favorite, Sarah Marie Young, will play Vaudeville star, Evelyn Nesbitt and PGT Producing Artistic Director, Joshua Erichsen, will portray famed escape artist, Harry Houdini.  Olivia Wimberly (who wowed critics with her take on the Emcee in last season’s CABARET) will play anarchist, Emma Goldman, and Mark Dilliard will play the role of Booker T. Washington.  In addition, Donald Jones (best known for playing the role of Ebenezer Scrooge) will play Grandfather, and Guild new-comers Christopher Hager and Ian Lawrence will take on the roles of Father and Younger Brother.


The RAGTIME production team includes:

Joshua Erichsen, Producing Artistic Director (& Scenic Design)

Jonathan Tisevich, Resident Director

Steve Parsons, Music Director

Michael Lawrence Akers, Choreographer

Scott Sutton, Lighting and Sound Design

Stephen Ostertag, Costume Team


RAGTIME will be presented on the Mainstage, and is scheduled to open on Friday, February 16th and will run through March 4th, with performances on Fridays & Saturdays @ 8:00 PM and Sundays @ 2:00 PM.  Tickets for this Mainstage Musical are $29.00 for adults, $26.00 for seniors and $22.00 for those 17 years old and younger. Tickets for all performances may be purchased online 24 hours a day at or in person at the Players Guild Box Office, located in the Great Court of the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave N. Tickets may also be purchased by phone: 330-453-7617.


The Players Guild Theatre receives support from these generous partners: Arts In Stark, The Ohio Arts Council, The Canton Repository and 89.7 WKSU.