Now Playing… Violet

No Comments 16 February 2017

Cadence Theatre Company and Virginia Repertory Theatre’s Violet begins performances this week! Reserve your tickets today!


“Kim Fox’s musical direction is the heart of this production, and there are strong vocal performances all around. The gospel number — and Karla Brown’s performance in particular — is the musical highlight of the show. Lovers of musical theater shouldn’t miss this show.”

Style Weekly

“Again, Cadence Theatre Company proves that it’s doing some of Richmond’s best theater work.”

Richmond Family Magazine

“Country, gospel and blues, lifted high on sweeping Broadway chords, that never fails to seduce and beguile…”

Richmond Times-Dispatch

“Jackson’s voice was exquisite with the range to effortlessly go from achingly tender to fierce and powerful. And I think I could be very happy listening to Marin sing me the yellow pages. The duo created a very special onstage chemistry.”


book and lyrics by Brian Crawley | music by Jeanine Tesori
directed and choreographed by Chase Kniffen | musically directed by Kim Fox

February 16 – March 11, 2017
Theatre Gym at Virginia Rep Center
BUY TICKETS or call (804) 282-2620



Proud participant of The Acts of Faith Inspired Theatre Festival


Photography by Jay Paul


Empathy in Action Explores Social Justice

No Comments 15 February 2017

Cadence Theatre Company and TheatreLAB to host Empathy in Action: a Social Justice Theatre Project. On Saturday, March 11th, Cadence Theatre Company and TheatreLAB will present two one-person shows for the first “Empathy in Action: a Social Justice Theatre Project,” a project of Cadence Theatre Company’s Sitelines program. By involving high school students and holding the Festival at Maggie Walker Governor’s School, we are inviting future leaders in government to engage in activism and pertinent discussion.

Seating for the event is free and open to the public, with a discussion to follow both pieces. Enter through the Black Box Stage Door at the rear of the school. Parking is located off of Lombardy.

Maggie Walker Governor’s School black box theatre
1000 N Lombardy St, Richmond, VA 23220

Schedule of events for Saturday, March 11th, 2017:

• 3:00-4:30pm: TheatreLAB’s My Name is Rachel Corrie
• 4:30-4:45pm: Discussion
• 5:00-6:00pm: Cadence Theatre Company’s The Gun Show
• 6:00-6:30pm: Discussion

Description of Shows:
Rachel CorrieTheatreLAB’s My Name is Rachel Corrie by Rachel Corrie; edited by Alan Rickman & Katharine Viner; starring Kaelie James; direction by Heather Falks. On March 16, 2003, Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American, was crushed to death by an Israeli Army bulldozer in Gaza as she was trying to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian home. My Name Is Rachel Corrie is a one-woman play composed from Rachel’s own journals, letters and emails — creating a portrait of a messy, articulate, Salvador Dali–loving chain-smoker (with a passion for the music of Pat Benatar), who left her home and school in Olympia, Washington, to work as an activist in the heart of Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Gun ShowCadence Theatre Company’s The Gun Show by EM Lewis; starring Bostin Christopher; direction by Laine Satterfield. From a farming community in rural Oregon to the big cities of Los Angeles and New York, playwright EM Lewis takes aim at her own relationship with firearms in The Gun Show. An actor shares Ms. Lewis’s unique perspective and true stories about America’s most dangerous pastime as if they were his own, with brutal honesty and poignant humor. Leaning neither right nor left, The Gun Show jumps into the middle of the gun control debate, and asks “Can we have a conversation about this?”

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Cast & Creative Team Announced

No Comments 09 January 2017

Acts of Fatih logoCrawley and Tesori’s Moving Musical Violet Opens this February

Richmond, VA—Cadence Theatre Company in partnership with Virginia Repertory Theatre is pleased to present its second production of the 2016-2017 season, Violet by Brian Crawley and Jeanine Tesori. Violet is presented in association with the nation’s largest faith-inspired festival, The Acts of Faith Festival. The city-wide theatrical celebration is hosted by Second Presbyterian Church in Richmond.

Violet tells the story of a young woman’s quest for beauty amidst the image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s. Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet dreams of a miraculous transformation through the power of faith. Convinced that a televangelist in Oklahoma can heal her, she hops a Greyhound bus and starts the journey of a lifetime. Violet is a moving musical, featuring show-stopping anthems from American roots to folk to gospel, and addresses themes surrounding the power of faith, finding true love, and developing the courage to persevere despite adversity. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Contains some adult language.

Violet is directed and choreographed by Chase Kniffen, with musical direction by Kim Fox. Christie Jackson will play the title role of Violet, Josh Marin will play Flick and Matt Polson will play Monty. The talented cast also includes Karla Brown, Sophia Bunnell, Katrinah Carol Lewis, Scott Melton, Tyler Nobles, Robyn O’Neill, Joe Pabst and Eric Williams. The band under Fox’s supervision includes Jon Wheelock, Scott Milstead, Forrest Link and Marissa Resmini. Violet’s design team includes Rich Mason (Scenic Design), Gregg Hillmar (Lighting Design), Sarah Grady (Costume Design), Emily Hake and Katie Peterson (Scenic Artists), Elaina Riddell (Properties), and Tommy Hawfield (Technical Director). Stephen Rudlin provides vocal supervision and Janet Rodgers is the dialect coach.

Violet is made possible through the generosity and support of Cadence Theatre Company’s Season Sponsor, Salomon & Ludwin, and our show co-sponsors, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Davenport & Company, Joe Hoyle in honor of 16 Dear Friends, and The Richmond Group USA. Other major supporters include The Virginia Commission for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and Community Idea Stations.

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets or call 804-282-2620

Theatre Gym at the Virginia Rep Center
114 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Talk Back Sundays: February 26 and March 5 after the 4 p.m. matinees
Tickets are $10-$35, with discounts available for groups of 10+

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