THE SCREENING ROOM: Highlights from Stanford University's Violet, Staged on a Moving Bus (Video)
21 Nov 2013
At the Fountain Theatricals, a student-run theatre group at California's Stanford University, kicked off its inaugural season Nov. 14-17 with the Jeanine Tesori-Brian Crawley, Lucille Lortel Award-winning musical Violet — about a girl who boards a Greyhound — staged on a moving bus. Here are highlights from the production.
Directed by Sammi Cannold, the cast featured Justine DeSilva (Old Lady/Mabel), Tobin Asher (Preacher), Alec Glassford (Jackson/Wallace Weatherman/Johnson), Ben Laboy (Farmer Karl), Louis Lagalante (Monty), Cayla Pettinato (Young Violet), Robert Poole (Flick), Alex Scott (Hotel Singer), Annie Sherman (Music Hall/Lula), Benina Stern (Landlady/Ethel), Jon Toussaint (Billy Dean/Virgil/Leroy Evans) and Arianna Vogel (Violet).
Click here to read the Playbill VIP Spotlight on the production. Director Cannold and producers Kelly Gregg and Brandon Powell talk about staging the show on a moving bus.
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