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An Interview with Alex Van Handel, our Giuseppe Naccarelli

Alex Van Handel is portraying Giuseppe Naccarelli in FST’s THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA, running December 4-13 in the Overture Center’s Playhouse.

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I’m a proud Wisconsinite, and I moved to Madison about a year and a half ago. I’m currently the Donations Manager at the Dane County Habitat ReStores.

What training, teachers, or experiences helped you to develop as a performer?

I was very fortunate to be a part of the musical theatre program at UW-Stevens Point. The skills and knowledge I learned in my four years there were invaluable to my growth as a performer. 

What attracted you to THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA?

I was lucky enough to be a part of another Adam Guettel show, FLOYD COLLINS, in college so I was excited to be cast in THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA. Guettel’s music is some of the most challenging I've ever had to work with. Getting the opportunity to get another crack at his style allowed me once again to push my skills as a performer and musician, which makes the final product that much more fulfilling.

Can you share a story about your best (or worst) moment on stage?

My worst moment (or funniest, now that I look back on it) on stage was when I was in 8th grade. I was playing the Scarecrow in THE WIZARD OF OZ and I forgot the entire first verse of “If I Only Had a Brain.” I’ll never forget the look of sheer terror on the director’s face as he sat watching from the front row.