The Light in the Piazza opens at Chickasaw Civic Theatre January 23; well-known Mobile soprano Sarah Wright plays Margaret Johnson, one of the lead roles
"The Light in the Piazza" opens January 23 at Chickasaw Civic Theatre, 801 Iroquois Street in Chickasaw. It will continue its run January 24, 25, 30 and 31 and February 1. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Stacey Driskell is stage director of this production with Scott Wright serving as musical director. For reservations, call 457-8887.
Among the lead players in Light in the Piazza, which blends romantic, classical and opera themes, is soprano Sarah Wright. She is described by Driskell as having performed "in almost every other opera and classical music venue on the Central Gulf Coast, but (in this play) brings her prodigious talents to the CCT stage for the first time."
In Piazza, Wright fills the role of Margaret Johnson, the overly protective mother of the innocent Clara. The two are on vacation in Florence, Italy, when love begins for both. Clara is transformed; Margaret is slow to accept that the chance for happiness outweighs the risk of failure.
About Wright's considerable talent and experience (and a little about her personal life), Driskell said that "Sarah began her singing career at First Presbyterian Church in Talladega, Alabama." She moved to Mobile in 1979 and, in addition to her many performances on stage in this area, "she has introduced thousands of elementary school children to the magic of opera through Mobile Opera's education programs." Driskell added that "Her passion for music education led Wright to the Mobile Symphony where she helped develop their nationally recognized education programs."
The singer's love of 1940s music resulted in two CDs of World War II love songs, which she recorded with her husband, baritone Scott Wright, and with the late Ira Swingle at the piano. "Sarah is a tireless arts advocate and believes that music enriches us all," Driskelll said.
(Some information on other performers to come)