This multi-award-winning musical follows a scarred woman who embarks on a cross-country bus trip to be healed by a minister, discovering the true meaning of beauty along the way.
As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward axe blade when her father was chopping wood, leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough money finally saved she’s traveling across the Deep South in 1964 towards a miracle – the healing touch of a TV evangelist who will make her beautiful.
Although she may not succeed in having the scar on her face healed, Violet is able to repair those scars that are lying deeper than her skin. On the way, she meets a young, African-American soldier whose love for her reaches far past her physical “imperfections.”
Violet– Lexie Wellman
Young Violet– Kaitlynn Warner
Flick– Dustin Warner
Monty– Denver Miller
Father– Logan DeVore
Old Lady– Mackenzie Stackle
Preacher– Davion Love
Virgil– Matthew Johnstone
Music Hall Singer– Alexandria Griffin
Leroy Evans– Kaleb Jinks
Lula– Libby Thomasson
Billy Dean– Nikolas Warner
Cameraman– Robbie Wilmoth
Ensemble– Ryland Asher, Heather Moss
Crew– Keili Maxwell
Mics and Sound– Andrew Pearson
Technical Director– Chet Rogers
Production Manager– Jennifer Smith
Costumes and FX Makeup– Rachel Sanda
Hair and Makeup– Jennifer Warner
Assistant Vocal Director– Dustin Warner
Vocal Director– Dr. Tatiana Taylor
Directors– Phillip Shamblin & Aaron Smith
Winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical when it premiered Off-Broadway in 1997, and then on to a Tony-nominated Broadway debut in 2014 with a revised version, Violet is a moving musical featuring show-stopping anthems, ranging from American-roots to folk to gospel.
With a score from Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change; Thoroughly Modern Millie; Shrek; Fun Home) and book and lyrics by the acclaimed Brian Crawley (A Little Princess), Violet is inspired by the short story, The Ugliest Pilgrim by Doris Betts, astounding critics and audiences alike in two separate decades.
Admission is free for NEO students and employees. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for eighteen and younger. Cash and check accepted at the box office.