Monday, January 30, 2017

Auditions: Award-winning musical VIOLET for Summit Playhouse

The Summit Playhouse will be holding auditions for the award-winning musical VIOLET on Thursday, February 2 and Saturday, February 4. The Summit Playhouse is located at 10 New England Ave. Summit, NJ.

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a Broadway song or a song in one of the styles of the show (country, blues, or a light rock/ballad). An accompanist will be provided. Sides from the show will be provided at the auditions. Performances will be May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 at 8pm and May 7, 14 at 2pm. Visit or email for more info.


As a girl, Violet was struck by a wayward axe blade leaving her with a visible scar across her face. With enough saved she's traveling across the 1964 Deep South toward a miracle - the healing touch of a TV evangelist. Though she may not succeed in having the scar 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 reaches far past her physical "imperfections". Winner of the Drama Critics' Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical when it premiered off-Broadway and then on to a Tony-nominated Broadway debut in 2014 VIOLET features show-stopping anthems ranging from American-roots to country, blues, and gospel with a score from Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek, Fun Home) and book by the acclaimed Brian Crawley.

Cast Breakdown
(6 men; 5 women). Some actors will play multiple roles, as noted below.  The ages listed are somewhat flexible depending on character.  If you have questions please contact us. 

Violet (Female; 20-35)
The title character, a young North Carolina woman whose face was scarred in a childhood accident. She is stubborn and prickly, but filled with equal parts hope and obsession that she may heal and be made beautiful.

Flick (Male; African-American; 20-30)
An African-American soldier; a dreamer and go-getter. He doesn't enjoy the army, but enjoys the respect it garners him. There is something gentle, good about him, not to be interpreted or confused with weakness or lack of authority.

Monty (Male; 20-30)
A paratrooper and Flick's friend from basic training. Rough around the edges. Self-consumed, but not necessarily purposefully so. Fighting his own demons.

Young Violet (Female; 12-15)
Not quite as guarded or prickly as her older self, but still tough and stubborn. She has a keen curiosity and the rough edges of being brought up solely by her father.

Father (Male; 35-50)
A simple, widowed man who lovingly raises his daughter alone doing the best he can with the little knowledge and resources he has to do so. Stern but friendly, smart but uneducated. Accidentally scars Violet's face while he is chopping wood.

Old Lady (Female; 45-65)
A former beauty in her heyday. Staunch, tired and frustrated with life. Actor doubles as Hotel Hooker.

Preacher (Male; 30+)
An impassioned, theatrical man who preaches with all the bravado he can muster. Once had a true healing touch but has lost it in his quest to become a showman. Dismissive and egotistical. Actor doublings include: Radio Singer, Bus Driver 1, Bus Driver 4.

Virgil (Male; 20-30)
The Preacher's assistant. Knows the smoke & mirrors of the Preacher's show and must begrudgingly deal with anyone who might derail it. Actor doubles as Billy Dean, Bus Driver 2, Radio Singer and Bus Passenger.

Music Hall Singer (Female; 30-45)
The singer at the dance hall in Memphis. The actor doubles as a Bus Passenger.

Lulu Buffington (Female; African-American; 20+)
A member of the volunteer choir that sings for the Preacher's telecast. Sings for God with passion and power. African-American. Actor doubles as Almeta (Landlady) and Bus Passenger.

Leroy Evans (Male; 20+)
A citizen of Spruce Pine with a dog named Roscoe. Not very bright. Actor doubles as a Radio Soloist, Bus Driver 3, and Bus Passenger.

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