Stepinac ‘Ragtime’ Performances Highlight Show’s Themes


The Archbishop Stepinac High School Theatre will present three evening performances of “Ragtime” as its spring musical production beginning this month. The show’s themes of freedom, prejudice and the struggle for equality will be highlighted at the performances.

“Ragtime,” the Tony Award-winning musical, is based on a novel written by the late E.L. Doctorow, a Bronx native who resided in New Rochelle. The novel is based in the early 1900s in New York City and New Rochelle.

All three performances, beginning at 7 p.m. in Stepinac’s Major Bowes Auditorium, 950 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, will have the following special themes:

— On Saturday, April 28, “Make Them Hear You: A Night for the Parkland Survivors” will honor the lives of the 17 students and adults who were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida in February and those fighting for their legacy of peace and nonviolence. Proceeds will support the Parkland Survivors Fund.

— On Friday, May 4, “This is America: A Nation of Immigrants” will honor Neighbors Link, the Westchester-based organization for strengthening the whole community through the healthy integration of immigrants.

— On Saturday, May 5, “The Wheels of a Dream: The Civil Rights Struggle” will recognize Luvaghnn Brown, a Westchester resident and one of the 1961 Freedom Riders, and the Urban League of Westchester for its 100 years of service. Freedom Riders traveled in buses into the segregated southern region of the United States to challenge the nonenforcement of Supreme Court decisions ruling that segregated interstate public buses were unconstitutional.

The League of Women Voters will have a table at each performance to register audience members to vote.

Tickets: $22 for adults and $18 for seniors and children under 12. Information: (914) 946-4800, ext. 200, or