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A musical with themes of freedom and prejudice & hope and despair, is as relevant as ever

Five Star Theatricals production of Ragtime - The Musical, opens Friday in Ventura County.

Final rehearsals are underway for Five Star Theatricals production of Ragtime: The Musical in Thousand Oaks. It’s a story set in the early 20th Century, but the themes of racism, privilege and prejudice are as relevant in 2023 as ever. "It's relevant because as human beings we think we are progressive but we still break into the same patterns. Not matter which generation, there's something which repeats itself," said the show’s director Jeffrey Polk. Polk explained that Ragtime - The Musical, mixes fact and fiction - merging a fictional story with real-life characters like Henry Ford, J.P. Morgan, Harry Houdini and more. Misty Cotton plays the role of mother. "Her journey is so amazing, being a woman from 1906, and all the changes going on at the time," explained Cotton. "It's [set] before women could vote. When things are really brewing in the United States and cultures are coming together and intersecting," said Cotton.

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