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Canandaigua Academy Players bring a return run of “Ragtime”

The players are different, but the musical is the same.

Canandaigua Academy Players will present the popular musical “Ragtime,” which a previous troupe staged in 2008.

Also remaining the same is the Model-T prop, an actual old-time car resurrected by John Brahm, restored to drivable beauty and admired by visitors to his Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery in Naples.

“Ragtime,” based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, features different early 20th century lifestyles in the New York City area with many historical characters woven into the story, including Booker T. Washington, played by Chase Boggs and Dustin Harris; Harry Houdini, played by Jimmy Cherry and Aiden Vitticore; Henry Ford (Aiden Decker and Matt Uttaro); J.P. Morgan (Drew Glitch and Luc Pereira); Evelyn Nesbit (Taylor Kelly and Maddie Taylor); and Admiral Robert Peary (Brett Nixon).

There is an upper-class white family living a sheltered life in New Rochelle, pioneering developments happening in music in an African-American community in Harlem, and the struggles of Eastern European immigrants searching for a better life from the tenements of the Lower East Side.

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