Musical opens community theater’s 25th season

STURBRIDGE — Stageloft Repertory Theater, 450A Main Street, Fiskdale, is pleased to announce the opening production of our 25th Season: The Light in the Piazza.

Presented through collaboration with JEMS Theater Company of West Boylston, The Light in the Piazza is directed by John Leslie and stars Sally Holden as Margaret Johnson, Kelly Letourneau as Clara Johnson, and real-life father and son duo Isaac Swanson and Gary Swanson as Fabrizio Naccarelli and Signor Naccarelli.

The Light in the Piazza will have four performances: Fridays, January 11 and 18 at 8 p.m. and Saturdays, January 12 and 19 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors (60+), students and military and can be purchased online at www.stageloft.org.  Advance ticket reservations can be made by calling Stageloft at 508-347-9005.  All seating is reserved and our theater is fully accessible.  Please call Stageloft to inquire about ticket discounts for groups of 20 or more.

Winner of multiple Tony Awards, The Light in the Piazza, with a book by Craig Lucas, and music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, is set in the summer of 1953, when Margaret Johnson, an elegant and strong-willed Southern woman, has taken her daughter, Clara, on a vacation to Italy.  When a gust of wind blows Clara’s hat into the hands of a young Italian gentlemen, neither age nor language nor familial disapproval can stop their whirlwind love affair.  As Clara and Fabrizio fall into each other’s arms, Margaret must grapple with the question of whether to disclose Clara’s devastating secret to Fabrizio’s warm, passionate Italian family.  With soaring operatic melodies that set it apart from most contemporary musical theater, The Light in the Piazza is a story about mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and the deeply intertwined emotions of love and loss. Presented through special arrangement with Rogers & Hammerstein Music Library, New York.

Other performers appearing in Light in the Piazza include James Lamoureux, Christine Petkus, Elaine Craine, Dave Ludt, Kaitlyn Ekstrom-Doig, Anthony Masciangioli, Derek Sylvester, Libbey Stearns, and April Swanson.

We are also delighted to announce that 2019 marks the 25th anniversary performance season for Stageloft Repertory Theater and the 5th year of Christine Taylor’s tenure as Stageloft’s Executive and Artistic Director.  Our 2019 season will include 10 Main Stage productions, of which Light in the Piazza is the first, and six youth productions and workshops.  Our other nine main stage productions are: Hate Mail, Real Housewives the Musical, Drinking Habits, Legally Blonde the Musical, Seven Ways to Say I Love You, Disney’s Newsies, Beer for Breakfast, Spitfire Grill the Musical, and Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some).

One thought on “Stageloft to life curtains on “The Light in the Piazza””

  1. To my good friends Gary, Ike, April, Kelly, Sally, and all those other talented performers that work their asses off to learn the words, notes, and actions of each play. It is a hard almost thankless job until the time for all of you to perform. You do it for the love that at the end of the day you stand before any audience and receive all their love and affection. My friend John Leslie whom I taught how to properly use two finger to play the piano knows me well enough to know that any performance I attend the performers always get a standing ovation from me!
    Thank you for all your work and efforts. I am the audience! I am the one who shows you all my love! I’m the one who cries at every sad moment and then cries at every happy moment!
    Ooooppss!!! I apologize – I used the word asses to begin writing this. (should have said butts!)
    Bullshit! You all work your a – – – – off! I love all of you and miss all of you. Keep performing – you are all making a difference in this world. You are all spreading your own love to an audience that really needs to sit there, watch you all, listen to you all and absorb all you have to offer.
    Break a leg!

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