The Light in the Piazza


Date: July 29, 2014 — August 23, 2014
Days & Times:

Tues. & Wed. at 7pm
Thurs. - Sat. at 8pm
Sun. Aug. 10 & 17 at 2pm

Book by Craig Lucas
Music by Adam Guettel
Directed by William Roudebush
Musical Direction by Scott Storr
Produced by arrangement with Turner Entertainment Co., owner of the original motion picture "The Light In The Piazza" based on the novel by Elizabeth Spencer


Summary

It is 1953 and Margaret Johnson is touring Tuscany with her beautiful daughter, Clara. Clara’s hat, taken in a gust of wind, falls at the feet of handsome young Florentine, Fabrizio. As this fateful, romantic encounter grows into love, Margaret must decide whether revealing the truth will rob her daughter of happiness. This fresh, romantic score is critically acclaimed as one of the most beautiful in musical theater and won seven Tonys in 2005.

Cast

Margaret Johnson
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Wendy W. Watson (Margaret Johnson) studied acting at Herbert Burgho Studios and with Claude Underwood; voice with Marie Trafiacante, Katie Agresta
and George Geyer; and musical theater with Leland Murray, Barry Kleinbort and Semina DeLaurentis. Noted vocal performances include a one-woman show performed in London and NYC cabarets
– Wendy Watson, I Presume. Wendy is one of three co-creators of Mama and Her Boys, which originated at Cape Rep and played in Provincetown, and Off-Broadway. She was seen with Margaret Whiting in I Love You Jimmy Valentine in NYC and in Mr. Pickwick’s Christmas for the NY Shakespeare Company. Wendy has appeared at Burlington Summer Theatre, An Evening Dinner Theatre, and several times at Carnegie Hall. On Cape Cod, she has worked at Harwich Junior Theatre (A Grand Night for Singing, Mama and Her Boys), and at Cape Rep as Ruth in Wonderful Town, Molina’s Mother in Kiss of the Spider Woman, Sophie in A Class Act, and four Sea Pines Musical Revues. As a professional ASL/ English interpreter, Wendy has interpreted over 35 shows on Broadway and in Boston. She is grateful to have the opportunity to work with this stellar production, and to be back at Cape Rep.

Clara Johnson
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*Kira McCarthy (Clara Johnson) is thrilled to be back at Cape Rep this season! She was last seen at Cape Rep in Circle Mirror Transformation. Most recently she traversed the country, spreading absurd, sexy romance across the nation as Tasha Woode in Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody (US National Tour). Other favorite roles include Catherine in A View From the Bridge at the Gulfshore Playhouse, Abigail in The Crucible (Brave New World Repertory Theater. TV & Film credits include the pilot episode of Start-Up (Halogen TV network, Plywood Pictures), As the World Turns, The Loop (independent short), and Parade (Columbia MFA Thesis). Education: NYU Tisch at the Stella Adler Studio, BFA in Theater and English Literature. Thank you to my amazing supportive family, friends and Graydon. Special thanks to Bill, Scott, Janine, Vicki and to my incredible teachers Craig Carnelia and Andrea Green. KiraMccarthy.com.

Fabrizio Naccarelli
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*Jaron Frand (Fabrizio Naccarelli) is happy to be making his Cape Rep debut with one of his favorite shows! He is a New York based actor, originally from Pittsburgh, PA. Jaron has worked on many notable projects, including Marvin Hamlisch’s Smile, Casper with Chita Rivera and Singin’ in the Rain with Morgan Fairchild. Favorite roles include Sebastian (Illyria), Jimmy (Thoroughly Modern Millie), and John the Witch Boy ( The Dark of the Moon). Film/TV: CW’s “The Carrie Dairies,” “Apperception,” “A Night Like is,” and “ Theater 9.” Point Park University graduate. Stay connected with Jaron at jaronfrand.com.

Signor Naccarelli
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Jared Hagan (Signor Naccarelli) has appeared at Cape Rep in over 20 productions including Jerusalem, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Spamalot, Mack & Mabel, Avenue Q, Xanadu, The Drowsy Chaperone, e Wizard of Oz, How I Became a Pirate, A Class Act, My Fair Lady, Wintertime, A Year with Frog & Toad, Ragtime, Seussical, Steel Pier, Urinetown, Lady in the Dark, and five Sea Pines Revues. NYC: Two Hearts Bleed As One (Joe’s Pub). Regional: Avenue Q (GEVA), Master Class (Eventide), Streakin’ (New Provincetown Theater), Batboy, Cabaret, Hair (PTC), Floyd Collins, Closer an Ever, The Lion in Winter (Counter Productions), A Grand Night for Singing, Little Women, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (HJT), and Talking With (TUTS). Jared can also be seen in Cape Rep’s Outdoor children’s show You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and this year’s Old Sea Pines Inn Revue, Seasons of Love.

Signora Naccarelli
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Jenna Paulus (Signora Naccarelli) is thrilled to be making her debut at  Cape Rep Theatre! She graduated from the Boston Conservatory with a Masters Degree of Musical Theatre. While there, she had the privilege of writing, directing and starring in her own musical: Yes We Can! The show explored and celebrated the many different experiences of American women in the time of WWII. She also received her Bachelors Degree in vocal performance with a primary focus in opera at Rowan University. Favorite roles include Papagena (The Magic Flute) and Catherine (Pippin). Most recently she was seen as The Leading Lady (Respect: A Musical Journey of Women) at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre. Much love hugs and kisses to her family and cast! JennaPaulus.com

Giuseppi Naccarelli
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Anthony Teixeira (Giuseppi Naccarelli)
is thrilled to be back at Cape Rep! He performed in Mack & Mabel and stage managed Anna Christie and The Wizard of Oz, and he also appears in this summer’s Lyle, the Crocodile. Other shows on the Cape include The Last Five Years, Company, Spamalot, Jacques Brel…, Cabaret, What the World Needs Now, A Grand Night for Singing (Cotuit Center for the Arts), Frog: A Modern Fairytale, Happy Days, and Medea (Theater Under the Stairs). Anthony is the audio/visual manager and a theater teacher at CCftA and also teaches at Cape Cod Collaborative. He studied music and theater at the University of Southern Maine and is a teacher’s aide at Cape Cod Collaborative.

Franca Naccarelli
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Chelsey Jo Ristaino (Franca Naccarelli) performed in Jerusalem, Next to Normal, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Spamalot at Cape Rep Theatre. She is currently performing in Cape Rep’s Lyle the Crocodile in the Outdoor Theater and Seasons of Love
at The Old Sea Pines Inn. Other credits include Maggie in A Chorus Line, Woman 1 in Closer an Ever, and Shelby in The Spitfire Grill. Chelsey earned a BFA in Musical Theatre from Montclair State Univ. Molte grazie a Bill, Scott, Alli and this amazing cast and crew.

Ensemble
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Ari Lew (Priest/Ensemble) is thrilled to
be back at Cape Rep! Past credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Goodbye Mary Rose, Click Clack Moo, and Dinosaur Pirates from Outer Space. Other Cape Credits include I am a Camera, Utility Monster, and 39 Steps (WHAT). He can be seen this summer in the outdoor theater in both You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown and Lyle the Crocodile. Ari lives in NY where he can be seen on stage (and on screen) in Aida and La Boheme at The Metropolitan Opera. He can also be seen every year in The Macy’s Thankgiving Day Parade. Every Christmas season Ari is a part of the miracle on 34th St. by “helping out” the Man in Red at Macy’s Santaland on 34th St.

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Devon McFadden (Tour Guide/Ensemble) is finishing her Theatre Performance degree at Marymount Manhattan College. Originally from Orleans, Devon has been in productions at various theaters on the Cape. She had the pleasure of playing Hesione in Triumph of Love during her time at Marymount. She is currently performing in the Sea Pines revue for her third year. Other past performances include The Mystery of Edwin Drood and Speech and Debate (Cape Rep). Much thanks to Cape Rep Theatre and of course, Bill Roudebush for teaching her something new with every role.

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Tom Leidenfrost (Ensemble) is performing with Cape Rep Theatre for the third time this season. He is a recent graduate of MCLA where he studied theatre and philosophy. He currently lives on Cape Cod performing in various types of theatrical and musical venues. Recently at Cape Rep he played Mr. Parsons in Jerusalem and Gareth in One Man, Two Guvnors. Other past roles include Agamemnon in Agamemnon, Urgentino in Scenes from an Execution, Judge Brack in Hedda Gabler, Macheath in Three Penny Opera, Officer Lockstock in Urinetown, Ernst Ludvig in Cabaret, Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew (MCLA), Rumplestiltskin in The Very Sad Tale of the Late Mr. Stiltskin, and Davy Crockett in Daisy Crockett (WHAT).

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Hanna Matusow (Ensemble) is thrilled to be making her Cape Rep debut and grateful for everyone who made it possible. She grew up in White Plains, New York and is currently pursuing a BFA in musical theater at The Boston Conservatory. Hannah is a proud member of e Performing Arts Project, a training program that continues to inspire her.

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Sarah Jane Robinson (Ensemble) is currently playing Sally in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown, Ms. Nitpicker in Lyle the Crocodile in the Outdoor Theater and played Pauline in this season’s production of One Man, Two Guvnors. She recently had a blast touring with Shakespeare Now! in their 2014 season playing a total of nine characters. Some of her favorite roles include Little Sally in Urinetown, Cinderella in Cinderella, and Marcy in I Love you Because. She holds a BA in Theater from the University of Arkansas. She would like to thank her family and Mike for their endless love and support.

*Appearing courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under Special Appearance Contract.


Reviews

Light in the Piazza shines bright

“Director William Roudebush and the cast at Cape Rep Theatre’s current production are more than up for the task. There isn’t a missed note all night. The show is sparkly bright and incredibly entertaining.” – Cape Cod Times

Light in the Piazza shines at Cape Rep

“Love is in the air at Brewster’s Cape Rep Theater, as a talented cast illuminates the regional premier of Craig Lucas and Adam Guettel’s musical The Light in The Piazza. This is breezy, romantic summer entertainment at its best, filled with humor, tenderness, and touching moments that leave some audience members brushing away tears. If theater were dining, Piazza would be dessert.” – The Barnstable Patriot

“Light in the Piazza” Glows At Cape Rep

The Light in the Piazza is truly a must-see. You’ll remember what love is all about.” – The Cape Codder

Cape Rep’s ‘Light in the Piazza’ A Lezione Di Amore

“It’s an experience you won’t want to miss.” – Cape Cod Chronicle

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