Columbia College Chicago Theatre Dept. Alumni and Faculty Bring ‘Ragtime’ to Metropolis Performing Arts Centre May 4-June 4

Alumni and faculty of the Columbia College Chicago Theatre Department are in the cast and creative team of the musical Ragtime, running May 4 through June 4 at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, located at 111 W. Campbell in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights. For tickets, click here.


Natalie Rhian Henry

The show’s cast includes Columbia College alums Aaron Reese Boseman12, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s Theatre Directing program, and Natalie Rhian Henry ’22, a graduate of the Theatre Department’s BA Program in Musical Theatre. Boseman plays Booker T. Washington and also understudies the lead role of Coalhouse Walker Jr.

The show is directed by Columbia College Theatre Department teacher Jerrell L. Henderson.

Based on the historical novel by E.L. Doctorow, Ragtime – with a book by Terrence McNally, music by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens – interweaves the stories of an upper-class white mother, a determined Jewish immigrant, and a daring Black musician living in the volatile melting pot of New York City at the dawn of the 20th century.