Summer Stock Stage presents ‘Violet’

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Commentary by Lisa Gauthier Mitchison
Summer Stock Stage has proven again that its program molds amazing performers. While SSS is geared toward middle- and high-school students, its professional arm, Eclipse, continues to fill stages with some top-notch talent, this time in “Violet” at Phoenix Theatre in Indianapolis.
Leads Elizabeth Hutson (Violet), Leah Broderick (Young Violet), Mark Maxwell (Flick) and John Collins (Monty) bring vigor and some sass to this musical set in the South about a young woman traveling to a faith healer in the hopes of having a grossly disfiguring scar removed from her face.
It’s a story of personal awakening and self-reliance.
It had rows of stars next to musical numbers that stood out, so I’m just going to make the sweeping statement that everyone is noteworthy, and, as I’ve said in previous Eclipse reviews, the show rivals any professional productions here in town.
Director, producer and SSS founder Emily Ristine Holloway is on a roll. Let’s keep it going this summer.
The play runs through June 15. For more visit, summerstock.com.
Check out the video for “On My Way” at bit.ly/2WIM1Vo.
Lisa Gauthier Mitchison covers Indianapolis area theater at IndianapolisTheaterReviews.wordpress.com.

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