Opera theater performs ‘The Light in the Piazza’

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The University of Indianapolis Department of Music had an opera theatre performance on Feb. 9 and on Feb. 10 in the Christel DeHaan Fine Arts Center. The performance was titled ‘The Light in the Piazza’. It consisted of two acts in which both students and alumni were able to showcase their abilities through song as well as acting.

According to the program, ‘The Light in the Piazza’ is a heartwarming story consisting of humor and wit which at times captivated the audience.  One of the main characters in the production is Margaret Johnson, an elegant, self-possessed, practical and attractive American woman, played by senior music education major Ivy Bott.  Another character is Johnson’s daughter Clara, who was described as being young and naïve, was played by senior music education Tara Bradley. In the performance, Margaret and Clara Johnson explore Florence, Italy in what was described as a routine vacation. They then meet a young man named Fabrizio Nacarelli, played by junior music education major Brenden Everett, and he takes a liking to Clara to the dismay of her mother.

One of those who enjoyed the performance was junior music major Claire Scudder.

“It was really cool to see our music students singing in such a unique style,” Scudder said. “The production was amazing and super fun to watch.”

Rachel Gravens, a senior anthropology major also said that she enjoyed the performance.

“I think the singing was really strong and the actors portrayed their characters well,” Gravens said. “They did a good job in drawing in the audience to the story”.

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