Audio Preview: ‘Violet’ at Storch Theatre

Violet_150Violet
Who Syracuse University
Where Storch Theatre, 820 E. Genesee St, Syracuse
When Through April 28
Tickets $18 for adults; $16 for students and seniors
Audio Preview by Paige Cooperstein  

For a musical, Violet features more than its fair share of sitting down. The leading threesome – Violet, Flick and Monty – spend most of their time on a Greyhound bus traveling from North Carolina to Oklahoma. The year is 1964. But don’t let that stagnant staging fool you into thinking there’s not a lot going on.

“The words are that much more important,” said Danny Harris Kornfeld, a junior musical theater major who plays Monty.

A road trip story needs people on a journey in more ways than one. Monty talks about crossing things off his bucket list before he ships off to Vietnam. Flick, played by senior acting major Malcolm Yancey, is an African American soldier who wants to move up in the military. And of course, Violet is desperate to get to Oklahoma where her faith lies in a televangelist to work a miracle on her face, which an errant axe blade scarred.     

The drama comes from “us constantly having to listen to each other,” Carly Blane, a junior musical theater major, said. Blane plays Violet in the show.

Violet is now open in Storch Theater at Syracuse Stage. Rodney Hudson directs the show. For a complete list of show times or to purchase tickets, visit vpa.syr.edu/drama. You can also purchase tickets at the box office at 820 E Genesee St. The box office phone number is 315-443-3275. Violet runs at the Syracuse Stage’s Storch Theatre through April 28. 

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