LOGLINE: Inspired by a piece of 1910s sheet music, a modern-day Omaha, NE teenager wants to honor and emulate the tune's author: Her newly-deceased great-grandmother, a ragtime-era composer-musician-bandleader-arranger.
SYNOPSIS: The day after ragtimer Charlotte Waters' funeral, great-granddaughter JASMINE GREENWOOD and her dad GREG look into Charlotte's trunk...and find a handwritten manuscript of her 1917 tune, "River City Blues." When the Omaha, NE teen plays the rag after swing choir rehearsal at her high school (Benson), cheerleader and fellow glee clubber MOLLY ENGEBRETSEN turns it into a duet...and creates a fun ragtime piano duo. It's a trio when fellow student VERONICA KWAN leaves ballet rehearsal behind to jam with Jasmine and Molly. It couldn't come at a better time: MOLLY'S PARENTS want to bring live entertainment to their struggling restaurant...and the three young ragtimers prove to be the answer, even if it means Molly and Jasmine quit swing choir and Veronica leaves her ballet troupe. As the act catches on at the eatery, it becomes a foursome when sudden basketball star ANNIE PICASSO joins the band...and quits Benson's girls' hoops squad. With the list of JILTED STUDENTS growing and restaurant space shrinking because of the band's decision to plug in, Really Old School does Benson's talent show...and entices enough folks to save the eatery.