The Creation of a Play 'Violet' @ PlayMakers

The students in the PlayMakers Summer Youth Conservatory have 5 weeks to pull off creating a complete Broadway show, including building sets, creating costumes, and learning full-cast musical numbers. It's wonderful to watch the show come together and to see students grow daily.

The call is at 10am and the actors relax a bit before the day of work begins.

They are immersed in images and thoughts about the play, their characters and the times.

They start first with actor's excercises to loosen up, help them to focus, move with purpose, and quickly take direction.

Then working on vocals & choreography begins

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It's hours of work, but a lot of fun too...

Meanwhile students are working hard behind the scenes learning every aspect of theatre craft & tech

Things do get a little slow at times.

Around lunch the actors get notes, practice blocking, & get their headshots taken...

headshot photos by Colin Huth |

But then it all comes together with energy & anticipation as the show is run from the top.

'Violet' is the story of a girl with a disfiguring scar, who seeks healing from a TV preacher.

And like any good play, it's about the people she meets along the way.

The director & creative team constantly assess progress and grow the show.

And thats's a wrap for today. Back again tomorrow, and tomorrow... until opening night.

Created By
Ken Huth
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