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Collin Theatre Center Presents Ragtime

June 20, 2012 -- The start of the 20th century, and the setting for Collin Theatre Center’s latest musical, inspires audiences to believe anything is possible.

Ragtime is a powerful portrait of life in turn-of-the-century America. Written by the award-winning composer-lyricist team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens along with noted playwright Terrence McNally, the story is based on E.L. Doctorow's distinguished novel of the same name.

Brad Baker will direct this production of Ragtime, which will run from Friday-Sunday, June 29-July 1, with Christopher Jones, Jake Nelson and Mark Stamper.

All shows will be at the John Anthony Theatre, located on Collin College’s Spring Creek Campus, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. Tickets are free and may be obtained at the theater one-hour prior to the performance. Complete information is available online at

The musical Ragtime intertwines the stories of three extraordinary families as they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America. According to The New York Times, Ragtime is “the kind of musical that brings audiences to their knees in adoration.”

Performances are June 29-30 at 8 p.m., with matinees June 30 and July 1 at 2:15 p.m.

For tickets and other information, call the Collin Theatre Center Box Office at 972.881.5809 or visit

In addition to Collin Theatre Center’s production of Ragtime, season tickets for 2012-13 are now available. Season ticket information is available online at, or by calling the box office 972.881.5809.

The 2012-2013 season consists of the plays Rust, Refuge, and Lovers and Executioners, along with the musical Cabaret. Season tickets range from $34-$45.

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