A multi-award-winning musical is the latest production from Theatre NEO.
“Violet,” which follows a scarred woman who embarks on a cross-country bus trip to be healed by a televangelist in Tulsa and discovers the true meaning of beauty along the way, opened Thursday, April 11 and continues through Sunday, April 13 at the NEO Fine Arts Center.
Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for 18 and younger. Cash and check accepted at the box office.
Admission is free for NEO students and employees.
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” and “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.
Lexie Wellman stars as the title character.
Other members of the cast include Kaitlynn Warner, young Violet; Dustin Warner, Flick; Denver Miller, Monty; Logan DeVore, father; Mackenzie Stackle, old lady; Davion Love, preacher; Matthew Johnstone, Virgil; Alexandria Griffin, music hall singer; Kaleb Jinks, Leroy Evans; Libby Thomasson, Lula; Nikolas Warner, Billy Dean; Ryland Asher and Heather Moss, the ensemble, and Robbie Wilmoth, cameraman.
Phillip Shamblin and Aaron Smith are the directors and Dr. Tatiana Taylor is the vocal director.
Assistant vocal director is Dustin Warner.
Other members of the backstage crew are Nikolas Warner, stage manager; Keili Maxwell, crew; Andrew Pearson, mics and sound; Chet Rogers, technical director; Jennifer Smith, production manager, and Rachel Sanda, costumes and makeup.