Violet: The Musical
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Violet: The Musical

03/16/2018, 7:30 PM to 10:30 PM

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This Production of Violet: The Musical is a student-driven collaboration between Rhodes College and The University of Memphis. Violet follows a young woman from an isolated mountain town in Appalachia as she travels throughout the American South in the 1960s to a televangelical preacher; she believes that he can heal her of the disfiguring scar on her face that she received as a young girlwhen her father accidentally hit her with an axe blade. Violet experiences internal and external battles as she is exposed to the complexities of the civil rights movement, religion, and the Vietnam War on her journey as she travels from the Carolinas through Tennessee (much of the show actually takes place here in Memphis), and eventually all the way through to Oklahoma. Arguably, one of the largest characters in this musical is the music itself; this show explores difficult themes through the medium of music, much of which is influenced by the Memphis culture of blues, jazz, gospel, and classic rock, in addition to classical music theatre, bluegrass, and country music from other regions represented in this show.

While this musical is set in such a pivotal point in US history, the themes of loss, love, and those that result from both the internal and external battle of difference are universal in this coming of age story. Doing this show right now and in Memphis is an incredible opportunity for students and audience alike to take part in such an important moment in our community’s history. Our production closes at the end of March of 2018, which is just shy of the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination. A half-century later, we are still facing the an extreme amount of racial and religious tension. We hope that this show will not only bring together different groups of people within our creative space, but will start dialogues and action outside of the ones we will grapple with inside the rehearsal hall.


*special note-- the Sunday performances of our run will take place beginning at 2:00 p.m.