History became living art as scholars engaged in the tune of Ragtime at Downtown’s finest-the Milwaukee Rep. Ragtime a book by E.L. Doctorow, became a syncopated musical that created highs and lows for over 750 audience members. Among those spectators were four Milwaukee Collegiate Academy scholars.
After a long day at school, four young minds traveled the gritty busy streets to a antiquely crafted building, once prized as the old Wisconsin Power & Electric Company, scholars entered a new world—theatre. Greeted by an artistic educator, Hope, fine-tuned the scholars experience by treating them to a “behind-the-scenes” tour highlighting the Rep’s three theater spaces; costume, prop, and paint shop!
The scholastic tour was keying its last note as students bumped into Young Brother, Michael Doherty, from Ragtime’s cast; ending with a quick beat before the start of the Ragtime show, scholars were able to meet another actor from Ragtime, Marquette Alum, Gerard Neugent, at Rep In Depth, who provided context for an era of social identity, fascination with success, and justice.
As the journey leading up to the show created idealism of history and art, scholars anticipated the amazing possibilities of combining academics with a passion for a career in theatre.