Published on February 18, 2014 by Sean Flynt  
Light in the Piazza poster

The Michael J. and Mary Anne Freeman Theatre and Dance Series at Samford University will present "The Light In the Piazza" Feb.27-March 1 at 7:30 p.m. and March 2 at 2:30 p.m. in Harrison Theatre, Swearingen Hall.

Set in 1953, "The Light in the Piazza" tells the story of a woman traveling the Tuscan countryside with her daughter. When a handsome young Florentine captures the daughter's heart, the mother must decide if she will risk revealing the truth that could threaten her daughter's happiness.

Theatre and Dance department chair Donald Sandley directs the soaring musical with a book by Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss) and a Tony Award-winning score by Adam Guettel.

Tickets are $12 (adult) and $6 (student). Purchase ticketsonline at or call (205) 726-2853.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.