Capital City Theatre was not about to open their first season quietly. They’ve merged Broadway marquees with Madisonian charms.
Leigh Ann Larkin, Violet*
Kevin McAllister, Flick*
Corey Mach, Monty*
Kimberly JaJuan, Lula Buffington*
Jace Nichols, Father/Preacher
Olivia De Waart, Young Violet
Wendy Jones Hill, Old Lady, Ensemble
Nicole Michelle Haskins, Music Hall Singer
Capital City Theatre has indeed entered the Madison Arts community embracing its mission: presenting cutting edge works, employing top national and local talent and grooming young, future stars."
One of the strongest performers is Kevin McAllister as Flick, a young black sergeant who catches the eye of the determined heroine. Violet (the golden-voiced, expressive Broadway veteran Leigh Ann Larkin) is traveling cross-country to be "healed" of a disfiguring facial scar by a television preacher.
~The Cap Times
Equally Stunning, was Violet’s younger self, played with exceptional poise by local highschool student, Olivia de Waart…she matches Larkin, both vocally and visually to an uncanny degree.
If the program didn’t detail which of the actors were Broadway vets and which were locals, you’d consider putting Jace Nichols in the former category - he’s that good here.
The set, designed by Keith Pitts, is both deceptively simple and versatile. A roadside billboard displaying the map of Violet’s journey is augmented with a weathered wooden platform and a few other pieces to portray a bus terminal, a Memphis dance club and the preacher’s television studio. Three doors in the map are used to great effect, along with dramatic lighting by Cory Pattak.