The 2009-2010 theatre season was a great success. Our fall production of “Sweeney Todd” was selected to perform at the Florida State Thespian Competition in Tampa (as the first high school to ever perform this musical) and the spring musical “Peter Pan” was a soaring success. This year, the American Heritage Center for the Arts has truly reached new theatrical heights. Next year’s musicals promise to be just as, if not more, successful. So, faithful theatre patrons and newcomers alike, mark your calendars for next year’s sure-to-be-brilliant main stage productions.
Light in the Piazza: This musical young-love story, set in the cities of Florence and Rome, Italy, tells the tale of an American tourist named Clara Johnson who falls for Italian native Fabrizio Naccarelli. However, Clara’s mother strongly objects to the relationship for reasons only revealed as the story unfolds. Based on the novella by Elizabeth Spencer, the show features a challenging musical score, composed by Adam Guettal, as well as a script by Craig Lucas. With 34 nominations and 13 awards from various associations such as the Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critic Circle Awards, “Light in the Piazza” combines NeoRomantic classical and opera style music to create a complex but beautiful score. Auditions for the roles of Clara, Fabrizio, and Margaret will be held June 1st, and auditions for the remaining cast will be held at the start of the 2010-2011 school year. For further information, see Mr. Usher. The production will be staged in November in the main theatre.
The King and I: Based on the book “Anna and the King of Siam” by Margaret Landon, “The King and I” tells the story of Anna Leonowens, a British woman who became the schoolteacher to the King of Siam’s children in the 1860s. With music and lyrics by the esteemed Broadway duo Rodgers and Hammerstein, the show debuted on Broadway in 1951, winning the Tony for Best Musical. This classic musical will be performed in the Heritage main stage in March. Auditions dates will be announced next year.