January 24 - February 9


Produced by: Garden Theatre
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Music by Jeanine Tesori
Lyrics and Book by Brian Crawley
Based on “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts

Years ago, a stray hatchet left its mark on Violet’s face. She has spent a decade struggling to find a doctor to heal her disfigurement, with no success. Violet is a powerful folk musical that tells the story of a young woman who travels cross-country with one last hope to be healed by a minister, and how she discovers the meaning of true beauty along the way.

Content Transparency: This show contains mature themes and strong language including racial slurs. Guests are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the shows we offer to make informed decisions before purchasing tickets.

This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. This project is funded in part by United Arts of Central Florida, home of OrlandoAtPlay.com and UAArtsEd.com.

cast & crew


Violet: Holli Trisler

Flick: Raleigh Mosely II

Monty: Brian Zealand

Father: Sean Powell

Young Vi: Caiti Fallon

Old Lady / Hotel Hooker: Wendy Starkand

Preacher / Radio Singer / Bus Driver 1 & 4: Russell Stephens

Virgil / Billy Dean / Bus Driver 2 / Radio Singer / Bus Passenger: Nicholas Wainwright

Music Hall Singer / Bus Passenger: Nyeshia Smith

Lulu Buffington / Almeta / Bus Passenger: Jade Jones

Leroy Evans / Radio Soloist / Bus Driver 3 / Bus Passenger: Justin Mousseau



Director: Tara Kromer

Assistant Director: Shonda Thurman

Music Director: Chris Endsley

Scenic Design: Timothy J. Dygert

Lighting Design: Bert Scott

Costume Design: Dan Jones

Sound Design: Jack Audet

Props Master: C.J. Sikorski

Stage Manager: Tiffany Lyn Meadows

Assistant Stage Manager: Michelle Shea

Master Electrician / Light Board Op: David Clenney

Master Carpenter: Mark Sansing

Scenic Artist: Sarah Bender Allen



Publicity Photos by Stephen Miller Photography


Audience Reviews

“The show was amazing. The lighting design and staging was so gorgeous, the cast is beyond talented, and the Garden Theatre is just a lovely place all around. I was in awe watching this show.” – Garden Theatre Guest

“Your talent is wonderful; the productions are always top-notch. Always a terrific experience.” – Garden Theatre Guest

“I was completely blown away by the performance. We love musicals, and the singing and acting were spot on… I didn’t know what to expect and was 100% satisfied. Great job!” – Garden Theatre Guest

“I thought Violet was loaded with very talented artists from start to finish. The voices were exceptional.” – Garden Theatre Guest


Critic Coverage

“For the Garden Theatre, director Tara Kromer has assembled a crackerjack cast who can not only act these characters’ stories but sing them in a collection of country-, gospel- and blues-inspired tunes composed by Jeanine Tesori…” Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel

Violet Arrives at Garden Theatre – Eric Gutierrez, West Orange Times and Observer


ASL-Interpreted Performance

Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 7:30 pm

In partnership with Signing Shadows, Garden Theatre will present an American Sign Language-interpreted performance.

When looking at the stage, the interpreters will be located in front of the stage on the far right.

For more information about the best seating to view the interpreters, please email BoxOffice@gardentheatre.org.

panel discussion

Panel Discussion: Confronting Bias as a Tool to Personal Empowerment

Sunday, February 9, 2020 | After the 2:00 pm performance

Violet is a musical grounded in the transformative journey towards self-discovery and social responsibility. Come together after the play to spark a community discussion on how we can build a compassionate Central Florida. Empowerment starts when we question our preconceived notions, such as our prejudices on race and beauty–and most importantly, empowerment starts by doing this honest work together.

This panel will be moderated by the staff at the Holocaust Center, and will include Violet cast members.

This event is free and open to the public.