PLAYBILL VIP SPOTLIGHT: Stanford Students Are On a Roll With Violet, Staged on a Moving Bus

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14 Nov 2013

Cayla Pettinato plays Young Violet.

Although the obstacles were many, the production team is riding high from the buzz around the Stanford campus. When tickets became available, Powell said that the production essentially "sold out" in seven minutes.

"That there were like 100 people sitting at their computers the minute the reservations opened so that they can be one of the [people] to see this show, is such an exhilarating feeling — to know that you have that backing behind you," confided Gregg.

She added, "Another thing that's really awesome is that we have this class for independent projects, and it gives you school credits for the work that you're doing. Brandon, the producer, and our stage manger Emily Ashton are both enrolled in that class, and each week they are able to go and check in with one of the professors, Linda Apperson, and get her general advice… Having support through that and also getting academic credit for the hundreds and hundreds of hours we are putting into this — because we are learning so much — [is] nice."


Performances of Violet will be offered Nov. 14 at 7 PM, Nov. 15 at 4 PM, Nov. 16 at noon and 5 PM and Nov. 17 at noon and 5 PM. For more information, visit or

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The cast rehearses the closing number, "Bring Me to Light"
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