The Life and Music of Scott Joplin


Ragtime music at its best. Songs by the King of Ragtime – Scott Joplin. Two shows at The Glen Street Theatre.

A full ragtime orchestra with singer under the direction of trumpeter and arranger, Craig Mitten.

Craig has loved ragtime since first hearing it at the age of 6. So his ragtime sound and orchestrations are absolutely real.

For someone like me who had only ever heard rags on piano, hearing this tight full orchestra with flute and piccolo by Sandra Mitten and ex-Opera Australia singer, Tanya Christensen, giving voice to Joplin’s Ragtime Dance and excerpts from his opera Treemonisha, was a joyous revelation.

The show was produced by John Buchanan with script by John Buchanan and additions by myself. I played the role of John Stack, Scott Joplin’s publisher, narrating the life and musical career of the King of Ragtime.

The orchestra played the well-known Joplin favourites, Maple Leaf Rag and The Entertainer as well as many other fascinating numbers including, Stoptime Rag, the Ragtime Dances, Pineapple Rag and may more.

If you didn’t catch The Life and Music of Scott Joplin at Glen Street, keep an eye out for when it might come to a theatre near you.

Cast (l-r) Tanya Christensen (voc) Geoff Power (tb) Craig Mitten (trumpet, arranger and band leader) Stephen Grant (p)  Phil Harper (cl) Marcus Holden (vln) Sandra Mitten (flute and piccolo) Ed Baston (db) Chris King (p) Greg Poppleton (seated front - narrator, John Stack)
Cast (l-r) Tanya Christensen (voc) Geoff Power (tb) Craig Mitten (trumpet, arranger and band leader) Stephen Grant (p) Phil Harper (cl) Marcus Holden (vln) Sandra Mitten (flute and piccolo) Ed Baston (db) Chris King (p) Greg Poppleton (seated front – narrator, John Stack)
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