Book and Lyrics by Brian Crawley
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Directed and Choreographed by Kari Hayter
Musical Direction by Robyn Manion

On the Cripe Stage…

The best Tony-nominated musical nobody’s ever heard of… Violet has wowed critics and audiences with its powerful story and energetic gospel, rock, country and R&B score by Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home and Caroline, or Change). Set in the Deep South during the early days of the civil rights movement, this powerful musical tells the touching story of a young woman accidentally scarred on the face as a child. Hoping that a TV evangelist can cure her, Violet embarks on a long bus ride from her sleepy North Carolina town through Memphis to Oklahoma. Along the way, she meets two young soldiers who teach her about love, courage and the true meaning of beauty.

Recommendation: Ages 13 and above. Contains adult language.


Season Producers
Bette & Wylie Aitken

Executive Producers
Sophie & Larry Cripe

Associate Season Producer Laurie Smits Staude
Associate Producers Susan Bowman & Freddie Greenfield and
Rachelle Menaker & Eddie Schuller
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Audience Buzz

    1. The actors were great!!! The singing was awesome!!!

      — Daniele F.
    2. The Chance always strives to go beyond what is “expected” and find outstanding new works, or add new and intriguing shades and layers to shows that people think they already know. They just did it again.

      — Richard C.
    3. Of all the shows I’ve seen in the past several seasons, I have to rate this as among, if not THE best. It was spectacular on all fronts: music, voices & lyrics, depth of emotion by the actors, plot and themes, staging. To me, this is on a par with Westside Story. My thanks and gratitude to everyone connected to this wonderful musical.

      — Ruth L.
    4. Excellent cast

      — Jerry D.
    5. The show was stellar! Everything about it. The set, sound, music, acting, production… I thoroughly enjoyed it. The level of professionalism was top notch.

      — Jonna A.
    6. I think your productions are so out of the box. It is a thrill to see them and all your fantastic actors!

      — Victoria A.
    7. We’ve been subscribers for 5 seasons and watching the Chance Theater grow and improve year after year has been a fun journey for us. Everything from the quality of the performers to the staff and the comfort of the theater itself is the reason we come back year after year. Great Job!

      — Stewart & Bridgette M.
    8. keep on doing what you’re doing and encourage theatre goers to speak to their friends, co-workers, and family and bring them to the CHANCE

      — Rob G.
    9. Last year I attended the play “Parade;” a powerful experience. This year I purchased a subscription plus “Emma” with 3 friends. The brochure showed plays that look interesting and not the same old repeats that are being shown at other OC/LA theaters. The performance yesterday was wonderful, the music exceptional and I’m looking forward to Season 2018.

      — Anonymous
    10. Solid, impressive cast, as always. Very impressed with the musical performances. I liked the suitcase staging, with the band behind it.

      — Lisa K.
    11. Wonderful production; great acting, directing, casting, set design, lighting, music

      — Katy M.
    12. Monica is a consummate performer… Great performance and professional

      — Elizabeth J.
    13. I have been impressed with the two shows I’ve seen here (this, and “Parade”)

      — Anonymous
    14. Kari did a fabulous job of directing. Monica’s voice is beautiful

      — Anonymous
    15. This was my first experience at The Chance. Will be coming back soon

      — Anonymous
    16. thank you for consistently delivering first rate theater in an intimate setting close to home.

      — Anonymous
    17. Loved the entire experience because of the location ( really don’t like driving to L.A.), the size of the theater and the outstanding quality of the performance . Will definitely look for another opportunity to attend a performance there.

      — Bernadette N.
    18. Loved the show!!!

      — Anonymous
    19. I was amazed at the incredible talent of the cast.

      — Anonymous
    20. Excellent performances. The play was riveting

      — Anonymous
    21. The costumes were wonderful and true to the period!

      — Pamela L.
    22. Excellent production!

      — Rondi V.
    23. My husband and I were quite late to the performance. But from the moment we sat down, we were entranced by the show. I cried quite a bit during the performance–I just found it so moving and brilliantly performed (and beautifully sung). When my husband and I returned home, we viewed a few versions of the play on YouTube to see the first 40 minutes we had missed. Both of us remarked at how much better the Chance Theater production was than those online. It was a magnificent show, and I’m so glad we went.

      — Anonymous
    24. It was amazing, I loved every minute of it!!

      — Anonymous

Venue Bette Aitken theater arts Center

Bette Aitken theater arts Center
5522 E. La Palma Ave.
Anaheim, CA  92807
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Approximate Running Time:
1 hour, 45 minutes with no intermissions
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