Dawn's Early Light - matinee

- (part of a series)

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

Dawn's Early Light poster image

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 Zucchiatti, 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 Zucchiatti 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

More information


A New Student Performance Comes To Notre Dame | Dawn's Early Light - HomeTown Living on WSBT (2/21/23)
How much does a family have to sacrifice to hold on to their American Dream? - South Bend Tribune (2/20/23)

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