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‘Violet’ musical being staged by The Drama Group

The Drama Group will present the moving story “Violet,” a musical being staged over two weekends starting Friday, April 28.

Violet is a young woman who has facial disfigurement. She embarks on a journey from her farm community in North Carolina by Greyhound bus to Tulsa believing a televangelist there will be able to heal her. Along the way, Violet meets two soldiers on their way to an assignment in Arkansas. Together they share their desires and hopes for Violet in their lives.

The musical, first performed off-Broadway in 1997, won the Drama Critics Award and Lucille Lortell Award as best musical.

Cast members include Will Knox of Flossmoor as one of the two soldiers, and Marylee Hoganson of Homewood as the old lady. Russ Hoganson of Homewood is set designer.

The Drama Group performances will be 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April  28 and 29, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30, and repeated at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 4, 5 and 6, and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 7. Performances are at the Drama Group theater at 330 W. 202nd St., Chicago Heights.

All tickets are $21 for adults and $17 for students. Tickets are available at The Drama Group BookTix website dg.booktix.com, where you will be directed to set up an account with “The Drama Group-BookTix Box Office.” Or call the Drama Group’s Box Office at 708-755-3444.

The Drama Group is continuing its ongoing community outreach  and has selected Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft-focused organization, supporting surgery and quality cleft care for over 1.5 million children around the world. At all the performances of ‘Violet’ there will be a split-the-pot with half of the proceeds going to the winner and the other half donated to Smile Train.

The Drama Group acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency through federal funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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