Clara is a 26 year old woman with the mental and emotional capacity of a 12 year old. On a trip to Florence with her mother, she falls in love with a handsome young Italian boy who barely speaks English. Clara’s mother Margaret is forced to make the decision that will determine her daughter’s fate; weighing Clara’s newfound happiness against the expectations that she and her husband had set out, Margaret must come to terms with her own cynicism and contemplate a love that transcends language, culture, and circumstance.
Awards & Recognition
- Dora Award (2010): Outstanding Performance By a Male In A Musical (Jeff Lillico)
- 2 Dora Award nominations (2010): Outstanding Musical Production, Outstanding Performance by a Female In A Musical (Patty Jamieson)
Musical Direction by
Patty Jamieson, Jacquelyn French, Christina Gordon, Jeff Lillico, Lee MacDougall,Tracy Michailidis, Michael Torontow, Becca Zadorsky, Juan Chioran
Apprentice Stage Manager
Assistant Musical Director
The Light In The Piazza had me in its corner from the first notes… I haven’t witnessed a standing ovation so heartfelt and deserved since the Shaw Festival’s The President.”
— Robert Cushman, National Post
There’s a bright light shining down on Berkeley Street….[A] glorious achievement in class and style.
— Mark Selby, Toronto Star
We owe a great debt of thanks to Acting Up Stage for bringing Toronto the Canadian premiere of The Light in the Piazza!
— Christopher Hoile, EYE Weekly
Light in the Piazza benefits from generous production values… The shimmering score sounds absolutely wonderful under the musical direction of Jonathan Monro.
— Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail
You won’t find a more perfect Valentine’s Day show than The Light In The Piazza, a love story packed with real emotions and seductive melodies.
— Jon Kaplan, NOW
Toronto is doubly blessed these days not only with the big commercial Broadway musicals but with intimate musical theatre. This latter area has been taken care of over the past 5 years by Acting Up Stage Company and artistic producer Mitchell Marcus. He has delivered first rate productions that truly have given Toronto a new dimension to our theatrical musical scene… I urge you to not miss this production!
— Michael Engelbert, AM 740