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Coastal Carolina University Theater to present Violet

April 12, 2002

Violet, a musical set in the Deep South during the Civil Rights Movement, will be presented by the Coastal Carolina University Theater in Wheelwright Auditorium on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, April 28 at 3 p.m. Admission is $10, $5 for students under the age of 18.

Directed by David Bankston, assistant professor of music at Coastal, the production charts the growth and enlightenment of a young woman accidentally disfigured by her father. Hoping that a TV evangelist can cure her, she embarks on a journey by bus from her sleepy North Carolina town to Oklahoma. Along the way, she meets two soldiers, one black and one white, who teach her about beauty, love, courage and what it means to be an outsider.

The production will feature the Coastal Carolina University Gospel Choir, under the direction of Sheryl Ward, music teaching associate at Coastal.

Based on Doris Betts' famous short story "The Ugliest Pilgrim," Violet was one of the most highly acclaimed off-Broadway shows of the 1990s.

For more information, contact the Wheelwright Box Office at 349-2502.