BLUE SAINT PRODUCTIONS
in association with HAYES THEATRE CO present
The Australian Premiere
Directed by Mitchell Butel
FULL CAST ANNOUNCED
Samantha Dodemaide, Steve Danielsen, Barry Conrad, Genevieve Lemon, Damien Bermingham, Dash Kruck, Elanoa Rokobaro, Ryan Gonzalez, Linden Furnell, Katie Elle-Reeve, and introducing Luisa Scrofani as Young Violet.
Blue Saint Productions in association with Hayes Theatre Co are thrilled to announce the cast for this stunning musical to be presented at Hayes Theatre Co in Nov/Dec 2015.
Violet is to be directed by three-time Helpmann Award winning Actor Mitchell Butel, with Musical Direction by Lucy Bermingham who has worked on Strictly Ballroom and Guilty Pleasures, Choreography by Amy Campbell who has worked on Guilty Pleasures, and So You Think You Can Dance, with Costume Design by Lucetta Stapleton who is currently designing costumes for High Society, Set Design by Simon Greer who recently worked on Man of La Mancha and Lighting Design by Ross Graham who worked on Sweet Charity, Avenue Q.
Samantha Dodemaide as Violet is currently in Anything Goes and earlier this year toured with Sweet Charity. Steve Danielsen as Monty who was has just finished touring in Wicked as Fiyero. Barry Conrad as Flick who is best known for his appearances on X Factor. Awarding winning Australian actress Genevieve Lemon as the Old Lady, best known for Billy Elliot.
Damien Bermingham as the Father a veteran of musical theatre including Chicago and Strictly Ballroom. Dash Kruck as the Preacher who was a Grand Finalist in the International Cabaret Contest. Elanoa Rokobaro as Almeta/Lula who has appeared in Legally Blonde and Hairspray.
Ryan Gonzalez as Virgil also from Legally Blonde and Strictly Ballroom. Linden Furnell as Leroy who will also appear in the upcoming production of RENT at Hayes Theatre Co. Katie Elle-Reeve as the Music Hall Singer who has appeared in HAIR and introducing Luisa Scrofani as Young Violet
“We’ve struck gold with this cast. It’s as if this beautiful, tough and witty material was written for them,” said Director of Violet, Mitchell Butel. “Out of 300 or so submissions, we’ve ended up with the perfect balance of well-honed experience with the hottest zeitgeist talents in the country and complemented by what will be some stunning debuts from sure-to-be future Australian theatre stars. All great actors, all mind-blowing singers and all with really good teeth too which was fortuitous.”
Violet is a musical from the Tony Award-winning Jeanine Tesori with a libretto by Brian Crawley. With show-stopping anthems ranging from American roots to folk to gospel, it follows a truly original woman who on her quest across America for divine intervention finds a very different kind of salvation. If Chekhov, Lena Dunham and Aretha Franklin conspired to write a musical, this would be it.
“When we were watching Mitchell Butel and Lucy Bermingham work with our cast in the audition room, you could just tell what a special show this was going to be,” said Violet producers Josh Robson and Damien Bermingham. “A beautifully written musical guided by some outstanding creative talent combining with a cast of both headliners and extraordinary up and coming talent will surely make this a show not to be missed.”
When a show works it tugs you insistently into its universe. This journey unfolds a half-century ago, but you don’t have to look far to see that the idea that life can change dramatically and devastatingly in a flash. What you do next becomes the question — and it makes “Violet” evergreen. – NY Daily News
The writing here quickly establishes that this is not some provincially-ethnic score but the real thing, so very good that one wonders how Violet could have been so overlooked for so long. The score continues in this vein with a wide variety of song types for different configurations, all of them arresting. Standouts include the rousing “Let It Sing”; a sweet lullaby, “Lay Down Your Head”; and the big final number, “Look at Me.” – Huffington Post
‘Violet’ integrates a number of styles, from gospel and bluegrass to Memphis blues…. Ms. Tesori has a fine hand for harmonies and counterpoint…. – The New York Times
Hayes Theatre Co is a dedicated music theatre and cabaret venue in Potts Point. Named for Australian musical theatre legend, Nancye Hayes OAM, Hayes Theatre Co honours and builds on the vast history of Australian Musical Theatre and its practitioners. This not-for-profit venue is managed by Independent Music Theatre, a collaborative partnership focusing on providing a permanent home for small-scale musical theatre and cabaret. By providing venue space to newly mounted productions, Hayes Theatre Co, is a presenting partner together with independent producers and artists.
Hayes Theatre Co is made possible through the City of Sydney’s Accommodation Grant Program.
BLUE SAINT PRODUCTIONS in association with
HAYES THEATRE CO proudly present
Hayes Theatre Co 19 Greenknowe Ave Potts Point
Dates: 27 November to 20 December 2015
Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 8pm Saturday at 2pm Sunday at 3pm and 7pm
Tickets: Adult $54 Concession $49
Bookings: www.hayestheatre.com.au or phone 02 8065 7337
*including booking fees
Running time 1 Hour 45 Minutes – No intermission