The play is based on a novel by Elizabeth Spencer and is the story of Margaret Johnson, the overly protective mother of Clara, an innocent young woman who sees the world through the eyes of a child due to an accident she suffered as a child. The two are on vacation in Florence, Italy when love begins for both mother and daughter.
The CCT production is directed by Stacey Driskell (pictured above.) Scott Wright is musical director; music is by Adam Guettel. Daniel Driskell serves as rehearsal accompanist and principal keyboardist.
Among the lead players in this unusual coming-of-age story are Sarah Wright and Tommy Rowell, described by Driskell as "Mobile Opera stars and local theater legends" Wright plays Margaret Johnson; Rowell is Signor Naccarelli. These two veterans lead a talented cast including Breanna Smith and Myles Garver as the young couple in love, Clara Johnson and Fabrizio Nacarelli; Tjaden O'Dowd Cox as Franca Naccarelli; Blake Waters as Giuseppe Naccarelli and Linda Grill as Signora Naccarelli. Others in the cast are Steve Alsip, Monica Ganoe, Lea Johnson, Elizabeth Anderson, Jackson Henson, Ken Austin and Glen Vanderbeek.
The Light in the Piazza had its world premiere in 2003 at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle and the original Broadway production was by Lincoln Center Theater, New York City in 2005.