Ariston Trace selected for walk-on role in Ragtime

Posted January 4, 2016

Airston Hill

Airston Trace Hill

DANVILLE, KY – Charneika Warren was forwarded a notice for a casting call. A local 4-year-old Black boy was needed to appear in a traveling national production stop in Central Kentucky.

After making contact and submitting a bio, Warren’s son Ariston Trace Hill was selected for a walk on role as Young Coalhouse in the upcoming Norton Center engagement of the 2015/2016 National Tour RAGTIME.

Young Coalhouse is described as “the sweet and innocent boy of Sarah and Coalhouse Walker, Jr.”

His short walk-on role occurs in the final moments of the show. His mother said that her whole family is excited.

“I’m trying to keep everybody grounded,’’ says Charneika. “I don’t want them disappointed, he just walks on stage. It’s a non-speaking role.’’

Ariston’s participation is being anticipated throughout Danville.

“Ariston is an energetic and talented 4-year old. His excitement is contagious and we hope that this opportunity will be a catalyst for sparking interest in the arts among other young children throughout our region,’’ said Steve Hoffman, Executive Director of the Norton Center.

Charneika says Ariston loves to sing and dance, enjoys dressing up as Michael Jackson, and watching Little Einstein. “As soon as he wakes up, he dresses as Michael Jackson. He’s picked [this] up on his own, learning the dance routines,’’ Charneika says. “I’ve been encouraged by family to introduce Ariston to the arts and music. Everyone says that he has something special,’’ she said.

Ariston’s father is Willie Hill, also of Danville, KY.

About Ragtime:
At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing…and anything is possible. The stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician unfold – set in turn-of-the-century New York – all three united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow.

Winning Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Musical Score, this 13-time Tony Award nominated musical is a timeless celebration of life.
RAGTIME, E.L. Doctorow’s 1975 novel, won the National Book Critics Circle award and sold 4.5 million copies. It became a film in 1981 and a Broadway musical in 1998. The original 1998 production ran on Broadway for 834 performances.


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