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PlayMakers’ Summer Youth Conservatory Presents Violet

The kids have done it again! Onstage now at PlayMakers Repertory Company, as part of and the culmination to its “Summer Youth Conservatory,” a high school cast stars in the Broadway musical Violet. With music by Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by Brian Crawley, this fun musical stars young Ainsley Seiger… Read More ›

Ainsley Seiger stars as Violet and Presyce Baez (left) and Wilson Plonk star as Flick and Monty in the PlayMakers Repertory Company Summer Youth Conservatory production of Violet (photo by Jon Gardiner)

Teen Phenom Ainsley Seiger Tackles the Title Role in the PlayMakers SYC Production of Violet

The PlayMakers Repertory Company Summer Youth Conservatory (SYC) will tackle Violet, with a cast of high school actors under the direction of Matthew Steffens, on July 20-24 and 29-31 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. This 1997 Off-Broadway and 2014 Broadway musical features… Read More ›

Raleigh's Lauren Kennedy stars as Violet, with Melvin Tunstall III (left) and Jason Sharp

Lauren Kennedy Sizzles in “Violet,” But Shares the Spotlight with Melvin Tunstall and Yolanda Rabun

The current Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy production of “Violet: A New Musical” is hot, hot, hot. Raleigh native Lauren Kennedy provides much of the sizzle in this Southern-fried 1997 Off-Broadway musical comedy, and Melvin Tunstall III and Yolanda W. Rabun add pizzazz.

Raleigh's Lauren Kennedy stars as Violet

Broadway’s Lauren Kennedy Will Star in “Violet: A New Musical” at Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy

Critically acclaimed Broadway star Lauren Kennedy will return to her hometown next week to tackle the title role in Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy’s upcoming production of “Violet: A New Musical,” a 1997 Off-Broadway musical based on N.C. author Doris Betts’ 1973 short story “The Ugliest Pilgrim.”