Utah State University 2013
Directed by: Ken Risch
Costumes by: Spencer Potter
Set by: Chelsea Richards
Lights by: Kenny Driggs
"Set in 1964 in the Deep South during the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, VIOLET follows the growth and enlightenment of a bitter young woman accidentally scarred by her father. In hopes that a TV evangelist can cure her, she embarks on a journey by bus from her sleepy North Carolina town to Oklahoma. Along the way, she meets a young black soldier who teaches her about beauty, love, courage and what it means to be an outsider."
- Synopsis courtesy of MTI
Violet was an exciting production to work on. It's a lesser known musical but it has a beautiful score and story. Ken, had some tremendous insight into the time period and brought to light that Violet is an allegory for the scarring of the nation which occurred after the assassination of President Kennedy and the beginning of the Vietnam War.
From a costume perspective, I felt it was important to communicate the socioeconomic status of the characters. The play is set in 1964; however, because most of the characters are from the poor rural South, many were still wearing older styles of clothes. It was also important that Violet contrasted with the people she encountered on her travel.