Ithaca College Theatre’s spring musical puts truth and inner beauty center stage. Opening April 4 in Clark Theatre, “Violet” will captivate audiences with a musically diverse set of catchy songs underpinning a human story of seeing and being seen in a world where people often fail to look below the surface.
Written by Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley, “Violet” is based on Doris Betts’ novel, “The Ugliest Pilgrim.” Set in the American South at the dawn of the civil rights movement, the musical tells the story of a girl on a journey to find healing at the feet of a television evangelist. Scarred both emotionally and physically by a troubled past, she learns to embrace life and beauty for what they are.
“Violet” features a wide-ranging collection of musical numbers, with genres ranging from gospel to American roots. Director Greg Bostwick, professor in the Department of Theatre Arts, says that music plays an important role in the show.