THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA Talk on the Steps by Hayley McCormick and Michael Schimmele

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Michael Schimmele and Hayley McCormick discuss The Light in the Piazza‘s creative process in their Talk on the Steps at the McCrary Theatre, 13 February 2016. Photo by Tony Spielberg.

Music Theater majors Hayley McCormick and Michael Schimmele describe the challenges of Adam Guettel’s musical score and the important role of the understudy ensemble in the creation of Elon University’s Performing Arts Department’s production of The Light in the Piazza. As Assistant Director, Hayley  McCormick offered insight into the rehearsal process and the careful doubling of roles planned by Director Linda Sabo. As Assistant Musical Director, Michael Schimmele encouraged the audience to look for specific motifs throughout the score that convey key emotions like jealousy and longing.

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