Troy’s ‘Violet’ will be a ‘don’t miss’ production

Published 3:00 am Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Every now and then, there’s a “don’t miss” event that is just what it says it is.

So, don’t miss, “Violet.”

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The Troy University Department of Theater and Dance will present the heartwarming music, “Violet,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 2:30 pm. Sunday at the Trojan Center Theater on the Troy University campus.”

“‘Violet’ is set in 1964 and it’s basically the story of a young woman who leaves Spruce Pine, North Carolina on a bus bound for Tulsa, Oklahoma in search of a TV preacher to heal her,” said Tori Lee Averett, chair of the Department of Theater and Dance. “Violet believes that, if she can get to this preacher, he can heal the facial scar that resulted from a wood chopping accident.

“Violet’s father was chopping wood and the ax blade flew off and hit her on the face. She was 16 years old at the time and the visible scar affected the way she was treated. She believed the preacher could heal the scar and she would be beautiful.”

Violet boarded the bus for her cross-country journey, armed with a collection of Bible verses that spoke for her and also a collection of photographs from Hollywood-type magazines.

“She had photographs of the way she wanted to look,” Averett said. “She wanted the eyebrows of Ava Gardner, the chin of Ingrid Bergman and the facial features of other Hollywood leading ladies.

“She went to Tulsa believing that the healing preacher could do all that for her. But her faith was brought into question. She does not disavow God. She learns that what she needed was in her all along.”

As far as the actual experience of the show, Averett said it’s constantly moving and it’s full of songs that run the gamut of styles and flavors – Appalachian roots, folk, gospel, old school country, Memphis blues, 1960s rock, all with a contemporary musical theater twist.

“‘Violet’ is not a typical musical with jazz hands and an easy boy-meets-girl story line,” Averett said. “But it is nonetheless a smartly crafted piece of theatrical writing. It’s a good one.”

General admission tickets are $10 or $5 with a Troy University ID care. Tickets may be purchased at the Trojan Center Box Office by Barnes and Noble Bookstore or online at