Violet: We Are On Our Way

Next up, I am playing the title role in the musical, Violet, at the Sarasota Players. The story follows Violet Karl, a woman grappling with shame, self-delusion and the fear that a deformity will forever leave her standing alone outside the circle of humanity.11x17VioletParks-1000px

The music for Violet is by Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek the Musical) and libretto by Brian Crawley. It is based on the short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim” by Doris Betts.

This is a role I never quite expected to play and I am excited for the departure from my usual “song and dance” shows. Though there is plenty of singing, Violet acts more like a straight play. And the music has flavors of country, gospel, and bluegrass – not exactly my usual Rodgers and Hammerstein or George Gershwin.

The show also stars some amazing local actors and it’s a treat for me to work alongside new faces and many familiar ones.

Here is the full cast list:

Violet                     Kathryn Parks (me!)
Young Violet        Hannah Beatt (oh so talented, she was in Sound of Music with me)
Flick                      Michael Mendez (we did “A Chorus Line” together and I am beyond thrilled for the opportunity to work opposite him in this)
Monty                     Brian Craft (new to the Players, it’s been lovely to get to know such talented, hard-working guy)
Father                     Allen Kretschmar (my first show with Allen, his “That’s What I Could Do” will melt your heart)
Preacher                Chris Caswell (2nd show together after Titanic in 2009 – he’s ridiculously talented and offstage he’s got quite the sense of humor!)
Earl                         Derek Dutcher (We did Carousel together last year, always positive and thoughtful)
Mabel                      Alyssa Goudy (We go way back to the Golden Apple, she’s one of the most no-nonsense, pulled-together, hardworking people I know)
Old Lady                 Helen Holliday (our first show together, and I finally get to see why everyone loves her so much!)
Land Lady              Phyllis Banks (1st show together, uber talented, beautiful heart)
Bill Dean                Zachary Lutz (We both did Carousel, awesome guy!)
Virgil                       Ren Pearson (Very talented actor, any show is lucky to have his creative input)
Woman with Fan   Tonya Richardson (Her first show at the Players, an unexpected touch of loveliness; she fits in well)
Ensemble:               Jacob Brown (our second show together, helpful, dedicated, and quite talented)
                                  Diana Campbell 
                                  Joy Campbell (Diana and Joy are amazing and I want them in every show I ever do!)

Co-Directed by Pamela Wiley
Co-Directed & Choreographed by Bob Trisolini
Musical Director: Rick Bogner 

I hope you will come and share this journey with me!

The show runs February 12 – March 1st. (Though, the final week is only Saturday and Sunday so don’t let that catch you unawares.)

To purchase tickets:
Visit the Players website
Call the box office at (941) 365-2494
Premium (rows A-E): $30
Regular: $25

838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

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