Jan 30 – Feb 21, 2010

Clara is a 26 year old woman with the mental and emotional capacity of a 12 year old. On a trip to Florence with her mother, she falls in love with a handsome young Italian boy who barely speaks English. Clara’s mother Margaret is forced to make the decision that will determine her daughter’s fate; weighing Clara’s newfound happiness against the expectations that she and her husband had set out, Margaret must come to terms with her own cynicism and contemplate a love that transcends language, culture, and circumstance.

Awards & Recognition

  • Dora Award (2010): Outstanding Performance By a Male In A Musical (Jeff Lillico)
  • 2 Dora Award nominations (2010): Outstanding Musical Production, Outstanding Performance by a Female In A Musical (Patty Jamieson)



Directed by

Robert McQueen

Musical Direction by

Jonathan Monro


Patty Jamieson, Jacquelyn French, Christina Gordon, Jeff Lillico, Lee MacDougall,Tracy Michailidis, Michael Torontow, Becca Zadorsky, Juan Chioran

Lighting Design

Phillip Silver

Costume Design

Alex Amini

Stage Manager

Stephanie Nakamura

Apprentice Stage Manager

Dustyn Wales

Production Manager

Matthew Byrne

Assistant Musical Director

Lily Ling



The Light In The Piazza had me in its corner from the first notes… I haven’t witnessed a standing ovation so heartfelt and deserved since the Shaw Festival’s The President.”

— Robert Cushman, National Post

There’s a bright light shining down on Berkeley Street….[A] glorious achievement in class and style.

— Mark Selby, Toronto Star

We owe a great debt of thanks to Acting Up Stage for bringing Toronto the Canadian premiere of The Light in the Piazza!

— Christopher Hoile, EYE Weekly

Light in the Piazza benefits from generous production values… The shimmering score sounds absolutely wonderful under the musical direction of Jonathan Monro.

— Kelly Nestruck, Globe and Mail

You won’t find a more perfect Valentine’s Day show than The Light In The Piazza, a love story packed with real emotions and seductive melodies.

— Jon Kaplan, NOW

Toronto is doubly blessed these days not only with the big commercial Broadway musicals but with intimate musical theatre. This latter area has been taken care of over the past 5 years by Acting Up Stage Company and artistic producer Mitchell Marcus. He has delivered first rate productions that truly have given Toronto a new dimension to our theatrical musical scene… I urge you to not miss this production!

— Michael Engelbert, AM 740