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Carmel Community Players is excited to announce auditions for Violet.

Auditions will take place:

Sunday, December 10th 7:00PM - 9:00PM

Monday, December 11th 7:00 PM - 9:00PM

There will be a possible callback on December 13th.

Location: CCP Warehouse,

510 3rd Avenue SW, Suite D*, Carmel, IN 46032

*Note: It actually says Ste. "J" on the door. Some people have said the space can be difficult to find. The building is the same one where the Winter Farmer's Market is held on Saturdays, with the large rabbits painted on the side. If you go to the very north end of the building and walk past the dumpsters toward the large loading bay, the door is tucked back into the corner on your left. There should be signs in the parking lot pointing to the door. We apologize if there is any confusion.]

Please prepare a verse and a chorus from a Broadway musical other than "Violet." An accompanist will be provided; please bring sheet music in the correct key. Be prepared to read from the script. There will be no dance audition. Dress to impress.

Headshots/resumes welcome.

The production will be directed by Kathleen Clarke Horrigan, music directed by Markell Pipkins, and choreographed by Trish Roberds.


With a ticket, a suitcase, and a heart full of expectation, Violet Karl waits for a Greyhound bus in Spruce Pine, North Carolina. Violet has a large scar on her face due to a childhood accident, and having run out of all medical options, she now pins all her hopes on traveling for a miracle cure from a famous TV preacher. She embarks on a journey of self discovery, and meets two soldiers, Flick and Monty. Set in 1964, the early days of the Civil Rights Movement, Violet's adventure explores the topics of beauty, love, and what it means to be an outsider.

Based on "The Ugliest Pilgrim," By Doris Betts, "Violet" transports audiences through number of musical styles, from gospel and bluegrass to Memphis blues. Music by Jeanine Tesori, Libretto by Brian Crawley. "Violet" premiered Off-Broadway in 1997, and made its Broadway debut in 2014, starring Tony-Award Winner, Sutton Foster.

The staff is seeking a diverse cast consisting of three main characters (two men, one woman) and eight supporting characters with a possible ensemble.


VIOLET (mezzo-soprano) - The title character, a young North Carolina woman whose face was scarred in a childhood accident. She is stubborn and prickly, but filled with equal parts hope and obsession that she may heal and be made beautiful. Stage age 20-35

FLICK (baritone) - An African American soldier; a dreamer and go-getter. He doesn't enjoy the army but enjoys the respect it garners him. There is something gentle, good about him, not to be interpreted or confused with weakness or lack of authority. Stage age 20-30

MONTY (baritone) - A paratrooper and Flick's friend from basic training. Rough around the edges. Self-consumed, but not necessarily purposefully so. Fighting his own demons. Stage age 20-30

YOUNG VIOLET (mezzo-soprano) - Not quite as guarded or prickly as her older self, but still tough and stubborn. She has a keen curiosity and the rough edges of being brought up solely by her father. Stage age 10-13

FATHER (baritone) - A simple, widowed man who lovingly raises his daughter, Violet, alone, doing the best he can with the little knowledge and resources he has to do so. Stern but friendly, smart but uneducated. Accidentally scars Violet's face while he is chopping wood. Stage age 35-45

OLD LADY (mezzo/alto) - A former beauty in her heyday. Staunch, tired and frustrated with life. Probably will double as the Hotel Hooker. Stage age 55-65

PREACHER (tenor) - An impassioned, theatrical man who preaches with all the bravado he can muster. Once had a true healing touch but has lost it in his quest to become a showman. May double as Radio Singer, Bus Driver 1 and 4. Stage age 30-40

VIRGIL - The Preacher's assistant. Knows the smoke & mirrors of the Preacher's show and must begrudgingly deal with anyone who might derail it. Probably will double as Billy Dean, Bus Driver 2, Radio Singer, and Bus Passenger. Stage age 20-35

MUSIC HALL SINGER - The singer at the dance hall in Memphis. Probably doubles as a Bus Passenger. Stage age 25-45

LULU BUFFINGTON - A member of the volunteer choir that sings for the Preacher's telecast. Sings for God with passion and power. African American. Probably will double as Almeta and Bus Passenger. Stage age 35-65

LEROY EVANS - A citizen of Spruce Pine with a dog named Roscoe. Not very bright. Actor may double as a Radio Soloist, Bus Driver 3, and Bus Passenger. Stage age 40-70

Performances will run March 1-10, 2024, at The Switch Theatre (10029 East 126th Street Ste D, Fishers, IN). Rehearsals will begin in early January and will be in the evening during the week, with some rehearsals on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. Production dates are March 1-3 and 7-10. There is no participation fee to be involved.

Questions? Contact Kathleen Clarke Horrigan at kathleenhorrigan@aol.com with the heading VIOLET AUDITIONS. Additionally, if you have a conflict with the audition dates and/or times, please contact the director to make alternative arrangements.

Rehearsals will begin in early January and will be in the evening during the week, with some rehearsals on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays. Production dates are:

  • Friday, March 1, 2023 - 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 2, 2023 - 7:30 pm
  • Sunday,  March 3, 2023 - 2:30 pm
  • Thursday, March 7, 2023 - 7:30 pm
  • Friday, March 8, 2023 - 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, March 9, 2023 - 7:30 pm
  • Sunday, March 10, 2023 - 2:30 pm

All performances will be at The Switch Theatre (10029 East 126th Street Ste D, Fishers, IN).