The Light in the Piazza - Director's Notes

Michael Shamata directs the cast during rehearsal

My first significant encounter with The Light in the Piazza was as an audience member in Toronto, when I saw a simple and beautiful production by a company called Acting Up Stage. I knew only the very basic outline of the story when I sat down in the theatre, and I was not prepared for where the story – and my emotions – would take me by the end of the evening.

I fell madly in love with the romantic nature of this musical. I can’t believe how lucky I am to have this opportunity to direct it, and to direct it here at Theatre Calgary, where the standard of work is so exceptional. Very few theatres in Canada could come close to producing the kind of work you see in this set and these costumes. This is a dream come true!

I want to thank Dennis Garnhum, who has been so good to me over the years, and my dear friend Lesley MacMillan – the best Producer in Canada. I also want to acknowledge that first production I saw of Piazza, directed by Robert McQueen. We are fortunate to share their Musical Director, Jonathan Monro, and two of their cast members: Tracy Michailidis and Michael Torontow.

May this production make you fall in love with The Light in the Piazza the way I did!