Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts’ Teen Mainstage Presents Violet
Seacoast Rep and the Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts is pleased to present Violet as part of our Teen Mainstage Series. 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.
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 1964 Deep South towards a miracle – the healing touch of a TV evangelist that will make her beautiful. Though she may not succeed in having the scar on her face healed, Violet is able to repair those that are lying deeper than her skin; and on the way she meets a young, African-American Soldier whose love for her reaches far past her physical “imperfections”.
This production comes on the heels of our professional production of Violet, and our teens have been working closely with their professional counterparts to help them develop their skills and prepare their roles.
Don’t miss this opportunity to catch our talented teens as they take on a truly challenging and inspiring work of musical theatre.
Shows run Thursday April 6th at 7:30pm, Friday April 7th at 8pm, Saturday April 8th at 8:00pm, Sunday April 9th at 2pm, Thursday April 13th at 7:30pm, Friday April 14th at 8pm, and Saturday April 15th at 2pm and 8om. Join us before the show and enjoy a drink and a snack at our full bar. Parking available nearby.
Want to be part of the next PAPA Teen Mainstage – Spamalot? See audition information below.
Music by Jeanine Tesori Lyrics and Book by Brian Crawley Based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts VIOLET is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
Upcoming Teen Mainstage:
Please email Seraphina@seacoastrep.org for audition information and appointments.