The Cast of The Light in the Piazza
Erin Capello (Franca Naccarelli) appeared in Theater Latté Da’s Evita and Steerage Song as well as a number of cabarets and benefits. She was most recently seen in Rocky Horror LIVE (Janet) with Cardinal Theatricals at The Lab Theater. She has also performed with Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, History Theatre, Stages Theatre Company, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres and Minnesota Opera, as well as performing with the Minnesota Orchestra at Orchestra Hall. Erin would like to thank her wonderful husband Shaun for his love and support and for the gift of their beautiful daughter, Juliette.
Steven Grant Douglas (Giuseppe Naccarelli) was last seen in Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust’s production of Aida (Ensemble, Radames u/s). Last summer, he performed in upstate New York with the Adirondack Lakes Summer Theatre Festival in The Tempest (Ferdindand), Side Show (Buddy), Into The Woods (Rapunzel’s Prince), and The Fantasticks (Matt). Favorite past productions include Cinderella (Joy), Rent (Roger), and The Odyssey (Odysseus). Steven holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Minnesota Duluth. @StevenGDouglas
Jessica Fredrickson (Clara Johnson) has previously worked with Theater Latté Da in Evita (Mistress). She has also performed in the following productions: Bye Bye Birdie (Kim) at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres; Cinderella (Cinderella) at the Ordway; Mlle. Modiste (Fifi) at Skylark Opera; A Night in Olympus (Maggie) at Illusion Theater; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Wife/Crier) with Ordway and Broadway Asia; The Light in the Piazza (Clara), Oklahoma! (Laurey), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy) all at Bloomington Civic Theatre. Much love to my amazing family and my own light, fiancé Aleks.
Sarah Gibson (Signora Naccarelli) is delighted to make her Theater Latté Da debut. She was most recently seen in Johnny Baseball at Park Square Theatre. Local credits include Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Skylark Opera, Lyric Opera of the North, Dead Composers Society, Pioneer Place on Fifth. Regional credits include Bucks County Playhouse (PA), Fiesta Dinner Theatre (NJ), Pocono Playhouse (PA), and the historic Highfield Theatre on Cape Cod (MA). Upcoming appearances include Sunset Boulevard (Norma Desmond) for Minneapolis Musical Theatre at the New Century Theatre and Boeing Boeing (Gretchen) at Paul Bunyan Playhouse.
Helen Hassinger (Tour Guide, Maid, Ensemble) has performed with Minnesota Opera, The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company, Bloomington Civic Theatre, University of Minnesota Opera Theatre, and The Rochester Aria Group. Her recent stage appearances include Cabaret (Kit Kat Klub Dancer), Striking 12 (Violinist) and Sweet Charity (Fan Dango Dancer). Helen graduated from St. Olaf College, where she studied both voice and violin. She can next be heard playing violin in the pit orchestra for Bloomington Civic Theatre’s On The Town. Helen is excited to make her Theater Latté Da debut and thanks her parents and friends for their tremendous support.
Kathleen Humphrey (Margaret Johnson) is very pleased to be making her Theater Latté Da debut. Among her many roles with Minnesota Opera, a recent highlight includes the world premiere of Doubt, (Sister Veronica & Mrs. Shields) by John Patrick Shanley and Douglas Cuomo. Kathleen has also performed with Guthrie Theater, Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, Theatre de la Jeune Lune, Children’s Theatre Company, Skylark Opera, Utah Opera, Berkshire Opera, MA, Minnesota Orchestra, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and with the Fargo-Moorhead, South Dakota and Cedar Rapids Symphonies, among others. She is a soloist at Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis.
Aleks Knezevich (Fabrizio Naccarelli) is making his first appearance with Theater Latté Da. His local performances include: HMS Pinafore (Ralph Rackstraw) at the Guthrie and PBS National Broadcast; Ragtime (Younger Brother) at Park Square Theatre; Spitfire Grill (Sheriff Joe) at Paul Bunyan Playhouse; A Night in Olympus (Chad/Rolfe/Hades) at Illusion Theater; The Light in the Piazza (Fabrizio), Into the Woods (Cinderella’s Prince), The Scarlet Pimpernel (Armand), Jacques Brel (Roland) all at Bloomington Civic Theatre; and Grease (Danny Zuko) at Phipps Center for the Arts. He has also been a featured soloist with the Valley Chamber Chorale. Much love to my family, friends, and Jess and thanks always to God.
Kevin Leines (Roy Johnson, Priest, Ensemble) is honored to be performing in his third Theater Latté Da production, most recently seen playing the role of Peter in their production of Company. First seen on Latté Da’s stage as Juan Peron in the production of Evita, he’s performed in various productions including Kiss Me, Kate (Fred Graham/Petruchio), Man of La Mancha (Don Quixote), A Little Night Music (Carl-Magnus), Funny Girl (Nick Arnstein), Jesus Christ Superstar (PontiusPilate), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin), Guys and Dolls (Sky Masterson), Company (Harry) and Jekyll & Hyde (Simon Stride). Many thanks to his family and to Peter and his amazing staff at Latté Da!
Bill Scharpen (Signor Naccarelli) is very happy to be making his Theater Latté Da debut. He was most recently seen in Christmas of Swing at History Theatre. Locally he has also performed with Minnesota Opera, Nautilus Music Theater and Jon Hassler Theater. While living in Chicago, Bill appeared at Candlelight Dinner Playhouse, Illinois Theatre Center, Drury Lane Theatre and Theatre at the Center. Shows include Crazy for You (Bela Zangler), Blood Brothers (Narrator), Baby (Alan), Funny Girl (Nick), and Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer). He is also very proud to be the only actor he knows to have appeared onstage as three different Roosevelts: T.R. (Tintypes), FDR (Annie) and Eleanor (Christmas of Swing).
The Artistic Team of The Light in the Piazza
Peter Rothstein (Director) has directed 50 mainstage productions for Theater Latté Da, including 9 world premieres. Other recent collaborations include the Guthrie Theater, The Children’s Theatre Company, Minnesota Opera, Illusion Theatre, Ten Thousand Things and Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater. He is the creator of All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, and Steerage Song, a new musical created in collaboration with Dan Chouinard. Peter has been named one of Minnesota’s Artists of the Year by the Star Tribune, Theater Artist of the Year by Lavender, and the Best Director by City Pages. He has been awarded grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Theatre Communications Group, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the McKnight Foundation. He holds a B.A. in Music and Theater from St. John’s University and a Master of Fine Arts in Directing from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. Peter-Rothstein.com
Denise Prosek (Music Director) has worked extensively as a music director, pianist, and arranger in the Twin Cities for the past twenty years. As Resident Music Director of Theater Latté Da, she has music-directed 40 mainstage productions and numerous cabarets, including Spelling Bee, Evita, The Full Monty, and most recently the IVEY-award winning Spring Awakening. Other credits include Children’s Theatre Company (How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Mr. McGee and the Biting Flea), Ordway (Broadway Songbook), Guthrie (She Stoops To Conquer workshop), Park Square Theatre (Ragtime, Johnny Baseball), Mu Performing Arts (Into the Woods, Little Shop of Horrors), U of M’s Centennial Showboat, Illusion, Project Success, Hennepin Theatre Trusts’ Spotlight Awards, and the IVEY Awards. Denise holds a Bachelor of Music from St. Olaf College. She was named Outstanding Musical Director by Star Tribune in 2006 and 2008, Best Music Director by Lavender in 2010, and honored as Lavender’s 2012 Theater Artist of the Year.
Rick Polenek (Scenic Designer) designed scenery for Theater Latté Da’s Company, Spelling Bee, Evita and The Full Monty. Rick has been active in the Twin Cities’ theatre and design communities for more than 40 years. Theatre credits include Park Square Theatre, Ordway Center, History Theatre, Skylark Opera, Theatre in the Round, and the U of M Centennial Showboat. Rick has designed major exhibitions for the Science Museum of Minnesota, Minnesota History Center, and the Weisman Art Museum. Commercial clients have included Target Corp, NBA, Northwest Airlines and Sesame Street Live! Rick is currently on the theatre faculty at Normandale College.
Rich Hamson (Costume Designer) has designed costumes for Theater Latté Da’s productions of Company, Spring Awakening, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Evita, Gypsy, Floyd Collins and La Bohème. His work has been seen at the Guthrie, Children’s Theatre Company, Minnesota Opera, Park Square Theatre, History Theatre, Jungle Theater, Ordway Center, Pantages Theatre, Torch Theatre, The Cricket Theatre, Troupe America, The Chimera Theatre, and The Actor’s Theatre of Saint Paul. As the resident costume designer at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres, his work is currently being represented by their production of Bye Bye Birdie. Rich was featured by the Star Tribune as one of nine outstanding theatre artists in the Twin Cities and he received Outstanding Costume Design for his work on Souvenir. Rich has a B.A. in Speech/Theatre and Literature from Southwest Minnesota State University.
Paul Whitaker (Lighting Designer) has designed lights for Theater Latté Da’s Evita and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. New York credits include The Public Theater, MCC, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, Atlantic Theater, The Play Company, Ma-Yi, The LAByrinth Theatre, Intar, The Mint, and others. Regional credits include Guthrie Theater, Children’s Theatre Company, South Coast Repertory, The Long Wharf Theater, The Alley, The Huntington Theatre Company, Centerstage, A.C.T., Hartford Stage, Yale Repertory Theatre, Dallas Theater Center, George Street Playhouse, and others. He has a B.A. from Macalester College and an M.F.A. from Yale School of Drama. Paul has taught at Cal Poly Pomona and Amherst College, and is currently a Lighting Designer/Theatre Consultant for Schuler Shook. www.paulwhitakerdesigns.com Upcoming: Children’s Theatre Company: Alice in Wonderland; The Women’s Project: Collapse.
Collin Sherraden (Sound Designer) is delighted to work with Theater Latté Da again, after having worked on Company earlier in the season. His work has been heard at Children’s Theatre Company, Bloomington Civic Theatre, Minneapolis Musical Theatre and Middleton Player’s Theatre. He is currently an assistant sound engineer at the Ordway Center and holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.
Tiffany K. Orr (Production Stage Manager) stage managed Aida, Company, Spring Awakening, Beautiful Thing, All Is Calm, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Song of Extinction, Evita and A Christmas Carole Petersen at Theater Latté Da. Originally from Oklahoma, Tiffany received her B.A. in Technical Theatre from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 2004. After graduation, she spent two seasons with Phoenix Theatre in Phoenix, AZ, where she became a proud member of The Actors’ Equity Association. She also enjoys spending her summers in Wichita, KS, with Music Theatre of Wichita. While in the Twin Cities, she has also had the opportunity to work with the Guthrie Theater (A View from the Bridge), The Children’s Theatre Company (Fashion 47), Pillsbury House Theatre (Bulrusher, No Child…, Playlist, King of Shadows), and Penumbra Theatre (A Raisin in the Sun).
Jason Allyn-Schwerin (Technical Director) is the technical director for Penumbra Theatre Company. His previous Theater Latté Da credits include Old Wicked Songs, A Christmas Carole Petersen, All Is Calm, Passage of Dreams, The Full Monty, Violet, Evita, Song of Extinction, …Spelling Bee, Beautiful Thing, Company and Aida. Jason has worked with the Ordway Center, Mill City Summer Opera, Mixed Blood and SteppingStone Theatre. Additionally, he worked at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Penumbra Theatre’s production of I Wish You Love and was Head Carpenter for the Tokyo run of Broadway Asia’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Creative and Performing Arts from Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa; has studied at the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities; and has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Texas – Austin.
Dylan Wright (Production Manager) serves as production manager for Theater Latté Da and Illusion Theater. He also works as a lighting designer around the Twin Cities. Recent and ongoing credits include Two Sugars, Room for Cream at the New Century Theater, Miss Richfield 1981 at Illusion Theater, and Sound of Music with Black Dirt Theater.
Kellie Larson (Prop Coordinator) currently works at the Guthrie Theater and has been for the past 6 seasons. The Light in the Piazza is Kellie’s third show with Theater Latté Da. She has also worked for other theaters around town including Illusion Theater, Theater Mu, and Pillsbury House Theatre. She is quite excited to be working with this team of designers on The Light in the Piazza.
Diane Landis (Assistant Director) has been an actress, director and theatre teacher in the Twin Cities for over 25 years. She is currently on sabbatical from The Blake School where she teaches theatre classes and has directed more than 40 productions including Korczak’s Children, The Laramie Project, The Laramie Project-10 Years Later, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, The Cripple of Inishmaan, Once on This Island, Les Miserables, Urinetown and Little Shop of Horrors. As part of the Hennepin Theatre Trust Spotlight Program, Blake’s theatre program has received numerous awards including, most recently, Outstanding Overall Production for this fall’s production of Guys and Dolls. Diane has worked as a freelance artist at theaters such as Children’s Theatre Company, Mixed Blood Theatre, Northern Sign Theatre, The Theatre Exchange, Phipps Center for the Arts, Stages Theatre Company and at the Minnesota Fringe Festival, among others. Diane wishes to thank Peter Rothstein for the opportunity to work with him on this extraordinary production.
Cassandra Flowers (Assistant Stage Manager) is excited to be making her Theater Latté Da debut with The Light in the Piazza. Previous credits include: Production Assistant, A Christmas Story the Musical (first national tour, Broadway premiere); Assistant Stage Manager, Don Giovanni, South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Faust (Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre Company); Assistant Stage Manager, Vanessa, Lucia di Lammermoor (Sarasota Opera); Assistant Stage Manager, Minnesota Opera 2009–2010 season and 2010–2011 season.
The Creators of The Light in the Piazza
Adam Guettel (Music and Lyrics) is a composer/lyricist living in New York City. His most recent musical, The Light in the Piazza, with a book by Craig Lucas, premiered on Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater in April 2005, following a world premiere at the Intiman Theater, and a second engagement at Chicago’s Goodman Theater. The Light in the Piazza received 6 Tony Awards including two for Mr. Guettel. Mr. Guettel wrote music and lyrics for Floyd Collins, which received the 1996 Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical and earned Mr. Guettel the Obie Award for Best Music. His other works include Love’s Fire and Saturn Returns, recorded under the title Myths and Hymns. Awards for Mr. Guettel include the Stephen Sondheim Award, the ASCAP New Horizons Award, and the American Composers Orchestra Award.
Craig Lucas (Book) Craig Lucas’ plays include Missing Persons, Blue Window, Reckless, God’s Heart, The Dying Gaul, Stranger, Small Tragedy, Prayer for My Enemy and The Singing Forest. He wrote the musical play Three Postcards, music and lyrics by Craig Carnelia; the libretto for the opera Orpheus in Love, music by Gerald Busby; and he has recently completed the libretto for Two Boys, an opera with composer Nico Muhly, commissioned by the Metropolitan Opera and scheduled to premiere there in a co-production with the English National Opera. His screenplays include Longtime Companion, The Secret Lives of Dentists, Prelude to a Kiss, Reckless and The Dying Gaul. He has won the L.A. Drama Critics Award (Blue Window), the Steinberg/American Theater Critics Award for Best American Play (The Singing Forest), the Hull-Warriner Award (The Light in the Piazza), and has twice won the Obie Award for Best Play (Prelude and Small Tragedy).