Arts Academy Theatre Co. Performs Tony-Nominated Musical, Violet

Take an emotional journey with the Interlochen Arts Academy Theatre Co. as they present the multi-award-winning musical, Violet, for four performances Nov. 15-16, and Nov. 30-Dec. 1 in the Harvey Theatre.

Continuing the Theatre Co.’s theme of inclusion in all of this year’s productions, this moving and critically-acclaimed play centers around a scarred woman who embarks on a bus trip to be healed by a minister.

Violet is an ideal addition to this year’s theme of inclusion,” says William Church, Interlochen’s Director of Theatre Arts. “All our productions this year have, at their core, this idea of inclusion, of acceptance, and our ideas of what that means and what it looks like in society. Violet expertly illustrates how we deal with the concepts of both connection and self-image. That’s a strong idea, and it’s themes resonate very loudly today.”

A contemporary musical, Violet uses the mid-1960’s as a backdrop, focusing on a woman who bears a horrendous scar on her face from an accident when she was a child. The story follows her journey both emotionally, as she struggles with her self-image, and physically, as she travels cross-country by Greyhound bus in hopes of being healed by a famous TV preacher. The musical will be performed by the talented students of the Arts Academy Theatre Co., and directed by Laura Ames Mittelstaedt, Interlochen’s Instructor of Theatre Arts.

When it premiered Off-Broadway in 1997, Violet won both the Drama Critics' Circle Award and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical, and then went on to become a Tony-nominated musical with the 2014 Broadway debut of its revised version. Music for Violet was written by Jeanine Tesori with lyrics and book by Brian Crawley. The play is based on the short story "The Ugliest Pilgrim" by Doris Betts.

“This is a play with tremendous societal value right now,” says Church. “We hope that its story and its theme really strike a chord with audience members. It’s a message I think many people can connect with.”

For more information or to order tickets, contact the Interlochen box office at 231.276.7800 or 800.681.5920. Tickets can also be purchased at