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The Light in the Piazza

August 21, 2013

The Light in the Piazza
A musical by Craig Lucas
Based on a novella by Elizabeth Spencer

Directed by Alan Burrows

Season 3 2013: 
21 August to 7 September

Music and lyrics by Adam Guettel; By special arrangement with Origin Theatrical Pty Ltd 

The Lilydale Athenaeum is very pleased to present the Australian non-professional premiere of The Light in the Piazza. Set in Italy during the summer of 1953, the story revolves around a wealthy Southern woman, Margaret, who takes her beautiful but emotionally stalled daughter, Clara, to Florence for a vacation. One windy day, Clara loses her hat in a sudden gust and, as if guided by fate, it lands at the feet of the handsome Fabrizio. As their whirlwind courtship unfolds, Clara's mother is desperate to conceal the family secret and must reconsider not only her daughter's future but her own deep seated hopes and regrets as well, for reasons which only gradually become known to the audience.




Margaret Johnson:   

Gabrielle O'Brien


Clara Johnson:   

Alexandra Clover


Fabrizio Naccarelli:   

Nicholas Kong


Signor Naccarelli:   

David McLean


Franca Naccarelli:   

Leonie Thomson


Signora Naccarelli:   

Sherryn Kew


Roy Johnson:   

Garry Barcham



Garry Barcham



Emily Carter, Michael Hanlon, Amelia Powers, Daniel Richards





Alan Burrows


Musical Director:   

Shirley White


Assistant to the Director:   

Nicholas Ryan


Set Design:   

David Dare


Lighting Design:   

Jason Bovaird


Assistant Lighting Design:   

Nick Sorich


Stage Manager:   

Lynn Dean



Margaret Bayley, Sylvia Carr, Dina McNamara, Elaine Nichols



Rebecca Pool


Lighting Operation:   

Terry Dean


Sound Operation:   

Nicholas Ryan


Follow spot and visuals:   

Nicholas Ryan



Prue Glenn, Adeline Han, Colin Prohasky, Tim Verdon, Shirley White


Italian Language Coaches:   

Elia Katsiabanis, Lucy Rizzi


Set Construction:   

Keith Boulton, Leigh Delmenico, Luc Hermans, Stephen Nichols SnrLes Wallis, Ted Waring



Merinda Backway, Maria Fleming, Angelika Prohasky


Front of House Coordinator:   

Lesley Bailey

Assisted by the ladies and gentlemen of the Lilydale Athenaeum Theatre


Program design and photography:   

John Shelbourn










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