WC Theatre to Present 'Violet: The Musical' Nov. 17-19

Director Wynn Alexander: 'Violet' is a Story about Healing and Learning How to Love Oneself

October 18, 2011

Wilmington College Theatre will present the off-Broadway hit Violet: The Musical Nov. 17, 18 and 19, at 7:30 p.m., in Hugh G. Heiland Theatre.

Violet is the stage adaptation based upon Doris Betts’ short story, The Ugliest Pilgrim, in which, set in the Deep South at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, a horribly disfigured woman takes a bus to visit a faith healer in Oklahoma.

Violet's hope is that the man can fix her face and finally allow her to live a full life.

Wynn Alexander is stage directing the show with Lois Hock serving as set/lighting designer, Becky Haines as technical director and Steven Haines and Timothy Larrick as music director and associate music director, respectively.

Kristin Carpenter is cast as the young Violet while Susan Dicken plays Violet in the present. The cast also features Tom Blackbern as the father, Quatez Scott as Flick, Brian Staud as Monty and Zach Hughes as the preacher.

Rounding out the cast are Ely Bolitho, Chari Eyler, Brittay Gerthing, Abigail Knapp, Emily Marcum, Megan McDonough, Bekah Muchmore, Christian Patterson, Morgan Smith, Deonte Stubbs, Kevin Wall, Trae Walterhouse and Sahe Wright.

“Violet is a story about healing and learning how to love oneself,” explained Alexander. “These are provocative and deeply empathetic characters who learn the power of forgiveness and the tenacity to battle obstacles that are beyond their control.”

Violet: The Musical features music by Jeanine Tesori (Caroline, or Change and Thoroughly Modern Millie) and lyrics by Brian Crawley.

One of the most acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the 1990s, Howard Kissel of The Daily News hailed Violet as having “the most powerful score of any musical in years.”

The Seattle Times described it as having “a genuine sincerity and sweetness that can pierce through one’s skepticism…[Violet is] blessed with some lovely indigenous music…a smart amalgam of country, church and blues.”

Clive Barnes of the New York Post declared, “Here is a truly charming and meaningful new American musical.”

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