Friday 12 & Saturday 13 May at 7 pm
Only Two Performances
Book by Brian Crawly
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics by Brian Crawly
Director Marisa Musgrove
Musical Director Stephanie Sabin
New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Musical
Based on Doris Bett’s short story, The Ugliest Pilgrim, and with a score by Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek The Musical), Violet is the emotional journey of a disfigured girl traveling through the segregated American South in the 1960s, to meet a televangelist who she hopes can make her beautiful. On her long bus ride, Violet meets two soldiers on their way to Vietnam. Her relationships with them are key to her emotional awakening. The music encompasses country, gospel, blues, and honky-tonk rock. Violet opened off-Broadway in 1997 and won the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical. When it opened to rave reviews on Broadway in 2014, it was a Tony nominee for Best Musical.
$20 each, Open Seating.
Meet the Cast
- Nancy Ross – Violet
- Kevin Burroughs – Flick
- Cody Ingram – Monty
- Jason Maddy – Father
- Mary Rose Vadeboncoeur – Young Voilet
- Claudette Santiago – Old Lady/Hotel Hooker
- Russell Clements – Preacher/Bus Driver
- SeeJay Lewis – Virgil/Billy Dean/Leroy/Radio Host
- Erin Vanderhyde – Music Hall Singer/Radio Trio
- Summer Blinco – Lula/Radio Trio
- Patricia Fernandez – Hotel Hooker/Radio Trio
- Carolyn Dawson – Landlady
Nancy Ross (VIOLET) has been a resident of San Diego for seven months now. She arrived in paradise after receiving her BFA in Musical Theatre at the University of Oklahoma in May 2016. She has had the great opportunity to perform with the Oceanside Theatre Company, 413 Project and now the Coronado Playhouse. In addition to performing, Nancy directs and teaches music, theatre, and dance all around the San Diego area. Nancy is over the moon with excitement to be sharing Violet’s beautiful story of forgiveness.
KEVIN BURROUGHS (Flick) Kevin “Blax” Burroughs is excited to be making his debut at Coronado Playhouse in such a beautiful show as Violet. Favorite Performance Credits: In The Heights as Benny (UCSD); Les Miserables as Enjolras, Grease as the Teen Angel (STAR Repertory Theatre); Hairspray as Seaweed J. Stubbs (Southwestern College); Passion as Private Augenti (ION Theatre), and others as well as ensemble roles in Hairspray, The Who’s Tommy, Zoot Suit/Press Understudy, In The Heights/Benny Understudy, Violet/Flick Understudy (SDRep); Sister Act, Peter Pan (Moonlight Stage Productions), Hair [Staged Reading], A Christmas Carol (Cygnet Theatre) and LEGOLAND California Resort. Choreographer Credits: The Wiz, Crowns, Nativity: A Soulful Celebration (Common Ground Theatre); Grease, Shrek The Musical, Les Miserables, James And The Giant Peach, The Addams Family (STAR Repertory Theatre); Hot Mikado (SDSCPA); Hairspray (Southwestern College). www.blaxburroughs.weebly.com
CODY INGRAM (Monty) is very excited to be returning to Coronado Playhouse with such a wonderful cast. He recently appeared as Matthew in Altar Boyz at CPH. Cody served over 4 years active duty in the United States Coast Guard and is currently serving in the Reserves. Recent engagements include Ethan Girard in The Full Monty at SDSU, San Diego Musical Theater’s The Producers, Sonny Malone in Xanadu and as a featured soloist for Cambridge Symphony Holiday Pops, Longwood Opera as well concerts in and around Boston. Cody will take up the title role in Bat Boy at Ocean Beach Playhouse this September. Past credits include Pump Boys and Dinettes, The Wizard of Oz, Bye Bye Birdie, Les Miserables, A Christmas Carol, and Bernstein’s Trouble In Tahiti. Much love to his fiancé, his family and would like to thank Marisa and Stephanie for the opportunity.
JASON MADDY (Father) San Diego Theatre credits include roles at: San Diego Repertory Theatre, The Old Globe Theatre, Cygnet Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Moonlight Stage Productions, Ion Theatre Company, Welk Resort Theatre, San Diego Musical Theater, Premiere Productions, Intrepid Theatre Company and Lamb’s Players Theatre. Regional Credits include: The Utah Shakespearean Festival, Illinois Shakespeare Festival and Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival. Favorite Roles include Ken in RED, Luis in Angels in America and Iago in Othello. Jason holds an MFA from the University of Illinois Urban-Champaign and is the current Drama Teacher at Valhalla High School in El Cajon.
MARY ROSE VADEBONCOEUR (Young Violet) is thrilled to be cast as Young Vi in her Coronado Playhouse debut. Favorite past roles include Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Winnifred in Once Upon a Mattress, Patrice in 13, Alice in Addams Family (YAT). Thanks to Marissa and Stephanie for their excellent direction and support. Congratulations to the entire cast for being beautifully awesome!
CLAUDETTE SANTIAGO (Old Lady/Hotel Hooker) A San Diego native, Claudette has performed in theatre around town for the past seven years. She was last seen in Halo-Halo, a Filipino-American community-based theatre project by Asian Story Theater, and in American Hero, produced by Different Stages and OB Playhouse and Theatre Co. She currently studies acting at the Meisner-Chekhov Integrated Studio in North Park and holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from UCSC. She would like to thank Marisa, Stephanie, Vanessa, and this talented and wonderfully goofy cast, and YOU, for supporting live theatre.
RUSSELL CLEMENTS (Preacher/Bus Driver) made his debut at the Coronado Playhouse earlier this season in The 39 Steps. He’s excited to be back on the CPH so soon after in Violet: In Concert. A recent graduate of Point Loma Nazarene with a Degree in Theatre and a minor in History, past roles include Panch (Spelling Bee), Cogsworth (Beauty and the Beast), Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof) (YAT), Derrick (Know More!), Pappy (And Then They Came for Me), Faustus (Tragical History of Dr. Faustus), Bishop (See How They Run), Russell (Shakespeare Abridged), Mushnik (Little Shop of Horrors) and Tartuffe (Tartuffe) (Salomon Theater, PLNU). Russell would like to thank his family for their constant support! Phil 4:4
SEEJAY LEWIS (Virgil/BillyDean/Leroy/Radio Host) returns to the CPH for the second time this season, after playing the role of Mark in Altar Boyz. Other credits include Onstage Playhouse: Angel in RENT (Aldea Award), Chip in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, ; ACT San Diego: Ernst in Spring Awakening (West Coast Premiere); Grossmont College: Chip in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Frankie Epps in Parade; YAT: Younger Brother in Ragtime, Angel in RENT, Ryan Evans in High School Musical and High School Musical 2 (West Coast Premieres/NYT Award), Linus in Snoopy!, Enjolras in Les Miserables (NYT Award), Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Zebulon/Butler in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Prince Dauntless in Once Upon A Mattress, and Jack in Into The Woods. SeeJay is an artist, he paints and draws, and is an amibo™ customizer. He is recording his second solo EP. http://www.soundcloud.com/seejay-lewis
ERIN VANDERHYDE (Music Hall Singer/Radio Trio)
SUMMER BLINCO (Lula/Radio Trio)
PATRICIA FERNANDEZ (Hotel Hooker/Radio Trio)
CAROLYN DAWSON (Landlady) returns to the CPH for the second time this season, after playing the role of Mark in Altar Boyz. Other credits include Onstage Playhouse: Angel in RENT (Aldea Award), Chip in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, ; ACT San Diego: Ernst in Spring Awakening (West Coast Premiere); Grossmont College: Chip in 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Frankie Epps in Parade; YAT: Younger Brother in Ragtime, Angel in RENT, Ryan Evans in High School Musical and High School Musical 2 (West Coast Premieres/NYT Award), Linus in Snoopy!, Enjolras in Les Miserables (NYT Award), Seymour in Little Shop of Horrors, Zebulon/Butler in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Prince Dauntless in Once Upon A Mattress, and Jack in Into The Woods. SeeJay is an artist, he paints and draws, and is an amibo™ customizer. He is recording his second solo EP. http://www.soundcloud.com/seejay-lewis
MARISA MUSGROVE (director) is thrilled to be back at Coronado Playhouse for Violet: In Concert having directed Thoroughly Modern Millie back in the 2014 Season. After growing up on the stage, she has spent the last 6 years directing, choreographing, teaching musical theater around San Diego and completing Graduate School to earn her teaching credential.
STEPHANIE SABIN (music director & conductor) Stephanie Sabin has a 20+ year career of performance, teaching and production. As a trained classical vocalist, she maintains a vocal studio in San Diego. In 2014, she was involved in the world premier of Katie Luther: The Opera, as Artistic Director and in the title role. The new work was written and composed by Glenn Winters and produced by Everyday Opera. In the fall of 2014, she had the privilege of co-authoring, coordinating and lead teaching the new education outreach program for San Diego Opera. From 2011 – 2013 she was Composer-in-Residence for SDO’s Words and Music! education outreach program. Ms. Sabin has enjoyed being Music Director, Conductor and Stage Director for many high school and college productions. Most notable productions include, Avenue Q and Kiss Me Kate with Canyon Crest Academy, Guys and Dolls and Oklahoma with St Augustine High School. She has produced, staged and performed her original concert Les Chemins de l’Amour which has been performed in the United States and abroad. She has been a featured performer in various venues including the Utah Festival Opera, Opera Idaho, Lyric Opera of San Diego, San Diego Symphony and San Diego Opera.
Produced by Stephanie Sabin & Coronado Playhouse
The Violet Band:
Conductor: Stephanie Sabin
Keys: Wayla Pistone
Guitar/Banjo: Rik Ogden
Percussion: Danny Chavarin
Rehearsal Pianists: Wayla Pistone & Anna Dunford
Sound Design: Michael Cook/Larry McNamer
Lighting Design & Sound Tech: Michael Cook
Lighting Tech: Michael Cook/Sarah Robinson
Graphic Design: Barron Henzel
Photography: Barron Henzel
Box Office: Susan Skyrud, Amanda Everett
Concessions: Harry A. Granruth
Usher Coordinator: Janis Vanderford
Artistic Planning & Marketing: Vanessa Dinning
Managing Theatre Director: Katy Skyrud