A mother and daughter take a trip to Italy together and both make discoveries that change their lives forever in The Light in the Piazza, NAU Lyric Theater’s spring production. Performances are April 4 through 7 at NAU Ardrey Memorial Auditorium.
The Tony Award-winning musical written by NYC composer/lyricist Adam Guettel, Richard Rodger’s grandson, is the perfect story for Lyric Theater to perform, says Director Eric Gibson. “The students are the same ages as the characters and we have very strong women in the program now.”
The story focuses on daughter Clara, who is brought to Italy for the first time and discovers love among the splendors of Florence and Rome. After watching Clara experience love, her mother Margaret questions her own marriage and realizes she might be falling out of love. She wants Clara to have a happier marriage than her own. Margaret also worries that her daughter’s “special and simple ways” will eventually negatively impact the Italian family she is about to join. After a personal struggle, Margaret lets go. Clara is free to lead her life.
Gibson uses dreams and flashbacks to add layers to the story. “Unlike some productions, this show is being staged like a dream play. It’s a memory in the principal character’s (Margaret) mind. She recalls the story from later in life as she is looking through old postcards and pictures of that trip to Italy with her daughter.”
Lyric students are involved in the production and set design: iconic art pieces and elements of buildings, such as windows and shutters, hint at larger Italian architecture.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 4 (community parking pass at nau.edu/guest),
7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5; 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 6 and at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 7.
Find tickets online at nau.edu/cto or by phone at 928.523.5661, and in person at the Central Ticket Office on the Flagstaff campus. Tickets are $22:50 for adults, $15 NAU faculty, staff, and seniors (65 and over), and $8 for NAU and CCC students with ID. Ordering fees may apply.