BELFAST – Belfast Flying Shoes presents “The King of Ragtime” — a multimedia extravaganza celebrating Scott Joplin, ragtime music, art, picture book illustration, and community connections — at the Colonial Theatre, 163 High St., Sunday, June 5, at 3 p.m.

Local author, illustrator and self-described “rusty piano player” Stephen Costanza hosts a celebration of his recent book, “King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin.” He will be joined on stage by Rita Brown on flute; Maria Keeler on violin; Edith Gawler on vocals, fiddle and calabash banjo; and Zeb Campbell on vocals, guitar and banjo. Pianist Alden Mills will play popular hits from the 1890s to the 1920s before the show; doors open at 2:30 p.m.

“Published in 2021 by Atheneum, Costanza’s book has garnered accolades from critics and won the 2022 Golden Kite Award for Picture Book illustration from SCBWI. Described as ‘pitch-perfect’ by Publishers Weekly and ‘a biography as bouncy and colorful as ragtime itself’ by Kirkus, the melodic, flowing text goes beyond Joplin’s personal details to paint a picture of what life looked like for African Americans during the Jim Crow era,” according to Booklist. Left Bank Books will host a book signing in the lower lobby after the show.

Admission is $5 for children and $15 for adults. Tickets are available in advance at or at the door. Masks are heartily encouraged in the theater. For information, visit or

This Belfast Flying Shoes program, along with shows for three local schools, is made possible by the support and funding from The Belfast Free Library, The Colonial Theater, Left Bank Books, First National Bank, First National Wealth Management, No Axe to Grind, and Belfast Flying Shoes contributors.

Belfast Flying Shoes was founded in 2005 with a mission to bolster the spirited dance and music community in Midcoast Maine. BFS also produces concerts, dances, school residencies, and programs for residents at the Reentry Center.

Illustration by Stephen Costanza

Illustration by Stephen Costanza