Meet the Cast – Chase Elwood & Amanda Van Orden

by Kristen Leinbach, Dramaturg

Throughout the show, The Light in the Piazza, the world of the play is really brought together by members of the ensemble who bring light and life to the piazza’s of Italy.

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Piazza rehearsal from left to right – Rachelle Elbert, Chase Elwood, Jack Shapiro, Amanda Van Orden.

I would like to introduce you to two members of the chorus.

Chase Elwood shared the following…

“I have been studying Music Dance Theater and Psychology at BYU.  I love connecting with people.  I have really enjoyed creating a story for background characters in Light in the Piazza.  For me personally, this show has emphasized the importance of being true to myself and grounded in my body, and being able to love and be loved.  It has been very meaningful.  As for a bit about my character… I flirt with multiple women (it often takes priority over anything else) and enjoy my special moments with each of them.  I love my little family owned cafe and have high hopes for future success in business.  Life is beautiful, full of passion and zest!  It is to be enjoyed and remembered.”

Amanda Van Orden stated…

“My name is Amanda Van Orden. I’m from Fort Collins, Colorado and I am a junior in the Music Dance Theater program here at BYU. This show has been a fantastic learning experience for me because in addition to being in the ensemble, I have the opportunity to understudy Signora Naccarelli. Signora Naccarelli is a very strong presence throughout the show. Even when she doesn’t say much, she is in control and her influence is felt. It has been such an interesting experience watching Julia take on that role so well, and then try to make it my own while still remaining true to the direction Julia has received from Scott.  It has been really fun so far to learn about the rich Italian culture and to bring their passion for life into our show. I love creating and living in this world with the incredible cast of Light in the Piazza!”

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