Performance: "Dawn's Early Light"

- (part of a series)

Location: Philbin Studio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (View on map )

Notre Dame Film, Television, and Theatre presents

a new musical 
by Solomon Duane '24

Set in the 1940s, Dawn's Early Light follows the story of an Italian-American family living in Buffalo, NY during World War II. When Tommy Bastani, the son of an Italian immigrant, decides he wants to enlist in the military, his father resists, haunted by the pains of a dark past. As Valentine Bastani struggles to raise his strong-willed children in a quickly changing world, the explosions of war work their way into the foundation of the American dream: the family.

This new musical theater production seeks to address the issues of today in a historic world filled with big-band music, swing dance, and the flashing colors of the WWII home front.

February 23 - March 5, 2023
Thursday - Saturday at 7:30 pm
Sunday at 2:30 pm

Philbin Studio Theatre, DeBartolo Performing Arts Center


Director: Matt Hawkins
Music Director: Dror Baitel
Choreographer: Theresa Thomas '24
Lighting Designer: Kevin Dreyer
Scenic Designer: Marcus Stephens
Costume Designer: Lynn Holbrook
Stage Manager: Sam Grocock '23

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