By Kristen Leinbach, Dramaturg As we continue to move through the rehearsal process, it still amazes how much we are learning from this show. Rachelle Elbert and Jack Shapiro, members of the ensemble, shared the following about their experiences with the show... "The Light in the Piazza has been an escape for me (Rachelle Elbert). Being surrounded by beautiful music, passionate characters and actors, and the vivacity of the Italian culture has provided an insight into a whole new world that soothes the heart and soul. I have had the chance to experience both the bold Italian life and the sweet southern innocence as an ensemble member and Clara's understudy. As I've discovered who Clara is, her light and purity has slowly peeled away the layers and walls that I've built up throughout my own life. I feel a new light in my life, a new found appreciation for the unknown, and find beauty and sympathy in the strangest of places. I have become more comfortable with vulnerability and free expression and it's literally the greatest feeling in the world. Being apart of the beautiful production Light in the Piazza has been emotionally and spiritually fulfilling, and has opened my eyes to a realm of theater I never knew before." [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="576"] Piazza Rehearsal - Right to Left
Emily Killgo, Rachelle Elbert, Amanda Van Orden, Alicia Shumway, Jack Shapiro, Michael Milkanin, Tyler Hatch, Becca Petersen, Julia Spencer, Ted Bushman, Chase Elwood, Alicia Pann[/caption] "I (Jack Shapiro) have loved diving into the story of the Light in the Piazza. It has been an adventure and a wonderful growing experience. When I started this process I knew very little about the show. I just have to say wow! What a show! It is so tender, powerful, and moving. It is definitely a must see."