Starting 5/23/24, 12:00:00 am: School of Rock

TCR Announces Auditions for The Light in the Piazza

TCR Production

TCR announces auditions for the TCR’s @ Brucemore summer production of The Light in the Piazza, book by Craig Lucas, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel.

Auditions will be initially video submission only, accepted until midnight on May 4th. Callbacks (acting/singing) are TBD by appointment.

The Light in the Piazza will be presented at Brucemore, August 9th – August 25th, 2024. Performances take place Thu – Sun at 7:30 p.m. Some performances may be added as rain dates, exact dates pending cast availability.  Tickets go on sale May 1st.



Contact Madi Knaack ( with questions about auditions. Email for more information. 

  • Audition Dates/Times: Auditions will be video submission only. Submissions will be accepted until midnight on May 4th. Callbacks (acting/singing) are to be determined. Send submission to
    • For your video audition please slate/introduce yourself then present one approximately 32-bar cut (about 1:30) of any musical theater piece in the style of the show. A piece from an opera, operetta, or an art song is also acceptable. Please choose a piece that highlights your range, ability to sing lyrically, and shows your acting ability. Accompaniment is preferred.
  • Casting timeline: After callbacks have been completed, we will be in contact with all auditioners about a timeline for the final cast announcements.


Summer 1953: Margaret Johnson, an elegant and strong-willed Southern woman has taken her daughter Clara on a vacation in Italy. When a gust of wind blows Clara’s hat right into the hands of a young Italian gentleman, neither language nor age nor familial disapproval can stop their whirlwind love affair. As Clara and Fabrizio fall into each other’s arms, Margaret must grapple with the question of whether to disclose Clara’s devastating secret to Fabrizio’s warm, passionate Italian family. Unable to suppress the truth about her daughter, Margaret is forced to reconsider not only Clara’s future, but her own hopes as well. With soaring operatic melodies, The Light in the Piazza is a story about mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and the deeply intertwined emotions of love and loss. 

Show Dates

The Light in the Piazza will be presented at Brucemore, August 9th – August 25th, 2024. Performances take place Thu – Sun at 7:30 p.m. Some performances may be added as rain dates, exact dates pending cast availability. Tickets go on sale May 1st.

Creative Team

The production will be directed by Angie Toomsen, choreographed by Megan Robinson, with music direction by Janelle Lauer, voice coaching by Mia Gimenez and dialect coaching by Katy Hahn. Scenic design is by Lucie Greene, lighting design by S. Benjamin Farrar, costumes by Joni Sackett, and sound design by Darin Ulmer.

Rehearsals and Honoraria

Rehearsals begin in late June and are typically held five days a week, including potential weekend days. Not all cast will be called to all rehearsals. We will have a “days off” outlined schedule to cast members no less than two weeks prior to the first rehearsal.

Actors are eligible to receive a volunteer honoraria of $25 per performance for all ticketed shows and any additional performances. TCR will supply meals for longer rehearsal days and any two show days (if applicable). Each cast member will receive two comp tickets, a show t-shirt, and drink tickets / catered meal at the opening night celebration in the Linge Lounge. Volunteers are not required to strike. 


The creative team seeks a diverse company of singers/actors ages 16+. The score requires trained “legit”/classical voices. There is both Italian and English in the score. Actors of all ethnicities will be equally considered for all roles and actors of color are encouraged to audition.  All roles are open. 

MARGARET JOHNSON (vocal range: low A to high G)  Female identified, 40s-50s. An elegant, self-possessed, practical American woman. Strong and self-assured. Mature Soprano with strong middle voice. 

CLARA JOHNSON (vocal range: low A to high A) Female identified, 20s-30s. Margaret’s 26-year-old daughter. Young and naïve for her age with a youthful simplicity and exuberance. Soprano with strong voice in both ends of range.

FABRIZIO NACCARELLI (vocal range: low B flat to high B) – Male identified, 18-25. A 20-year-old, handsome and charming Florentine. Youthful and passionate energy. Lyrical Tenor. Speaks Italian and speaks/sings English with an Italian accent.

GIUSEPPE NACCARELLI (vocal range: B flat to F) – Male identified, 25-35. Fabrizio’s older brother. A lady’s man. Very Italian. The most physical character in the show. Speaks in Italian.

FRANCA NACCARELLI (vocal range: low B flat to high B) – Female identified, 25-35. Cynical about love and fed up with the behavior of the men in her world. She experiences her feelings in bold and is often lightning quick to act on them.

SIGNOR NACCARELLI (vocal range: low A to D) – Male identified, 40s-50s. Fabrizio’s father. Fabrizio’s father. Very charming, charismatic and insightful. Loves his family.

SIGNORA NACCARELLI (vocal range: low C sharp to high B) – Female identified, late 30s-50s. She is Fabrizio’s mother. Cunning and intelligent. The foundation of her family. She primarily speaks Italian.

ROY JOHNSON (non-singing role) Male identified, late 40s-50s. Margaret’s husband. He is an executive with a tobacco company in Winston-Salem, NC. He comes off as brusk and emotionally unavailable. This role will also sing and perform in the ensemble if we cast a singer.

ENSEMBLE (all voice parts) – Various ages and occupations. Will include Tour Guide and Priest.