The Night Fairy
by John Glore
based on the novel "The Night Fairy"
written by Laura Amy Schlitz and illustrated by Angela Barrett, and published by Candlewick Press
May 24, 2013 - June 9, 2013

5070dFlory is a fairy no taller than an acorn, who loses her exquisite wings in a fight with a bat, falls into the garden of a "Giantess" and takes up residence in a birdhouse.  This magical story from a Newbery Medal winner is as visually bewitching as the night fairy herself.  But Flory is as fierce and ferocious as she is elegant, and she’s about to discover that she needs every drop of bravery—and equal amounts of understanding and compassion—in her new life among the daylight creatures.

Previews: May 24 – 31, 2013
Regular Performances: June 1-9, 2013

Recommendation: Theatre for Young Audiences … and Their Families is just that, a multi-generational experience for all ages (except children under the age of four and babes in arms). The only requirement is that each audience member occupy a seat and sit quietly through the performance while having a wonderful time.

John Glore (playwright), SCR’s Associate Artistic Director, is an award-winning playwright whose produced plays include On the Jump, The Company of Heaven, City Sky (scenario for a dance piece), Wind of a Thousand Tales, Folktales Too, Rhubarb Jam, The Day After Evermore and an adaptation of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.  His adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time debuted at SCR in 2010 and has since moved on to more than a dozen productions nationwide.  With the performance trio Culture Clash he has co-authored adaptations of two plays by Aristophanes, The Birds and Peace.  His work has been produced at South Coast Repertory, Berkeley Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Children’s Theatre Company, the Coterie, the Getty Villa and elsewhere.  He received a 2000 Playwrights Fellowship from the California Arts Council and has occasionally taught playwriting and related subjects at UCLA and Pomona College.

Laura Amy Schlitz (author) has spent most of her life as a librarian and professional storyteller. She is currently a librarian at the Park School in Baltimore, where she has worked since 1991. She is a winner of the 2008 Newbery award for her book Good Masters, Sweet Ladies!  She has also been a playwright, a costumer, and an actress. As of January 2008, she had written eight or nine plays, which have been produced at Stage One in Louisville, Ky., Pumpkin Theatre in Baltimore, Md., and the Children's Theatre Association, in Baltimore, Md. Ms. Schlitz graduated from Goucher college in 1977 with a bachelor of arts in aesthetics.

Cast
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Catherine Adell (Hummingbird). This is my first show with South Coast Rep and I am very happy to be here. I have been working with puppets for over 10 years now and I love it! Puppets come in all shapes and sizes. The biggest puppet I have ever worked with was a swan who was almost 20 feet tall. It took four people to operate one swan puppet. The smallest one I have worked on was a puppet child about the size of my pinky finger and as thin as a piece of paper. I often help make the puppets, too. Since every puppet is different, I get to do a lot of different and creative things. I have learned how to sew the most delicate silk fabrics and then turn around and use the biggest, sharpest power tools. I hope you enjoy the show!

Sol Castillo (Raccoon). When I was a little boy, I saw my dad and mom acting, dancing and singing on stages all over California. It was so neat to see them making people happy. So when I was 10, I really wanted to be an actor, too. So I asked my dad, and he said yes, and then I was in a movie. After that, I went to Texas, and went to the Alamo and made another movie called The Alamo:13 Days to Glory. I had so much fun in Texas. I got to play cowboy with real cowboys. Since then, I have been really blessed to still be an actor. I did stuff on tv, and in film, but what I really love to do is theater. I'm so happy to be back here at SCR with The Night Fairy. You might have seen me here before in other TYA shows like, Sideway Stories from Wayside School and Charlotte's Web. But one of my favorite shows to do here was La Posada Mágica. I got to act, sing, dance and make people happy. Just like when I saw my mom and dad do when I was little. I hope you like this show. We really love to hear you laugh, and see you smile. Oh, and if you see my wife, Jenny, and our children, Amada and Kean, in the audience, please say "Hi" to them. They love to meet new people.

Moira MacDonald (Wren, Spider). I was born and raised in Sitka, Alaska, where I did community theater from an early age. I also made puppets and wrote and performed in my own shows at school! I went to New York to study acting, but also learned about set building and lighting design. While working as a technician at the HERE Arts Center, I saw a lot of puppet shows come through and remembered my love for the art form. I came to California to study puppetry at CalArts, and now I am very happy to be part of The Night Fairy at SCR!

Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper (Skuggle) I’m so excited to be working at South Coast Repertory again! You might have seen me last time when I got to play Spiller in The Borrowers, or as Clem the Coyote in Lucky Duck, or when I played TWO ROLES (Meanie Jim and Grandpa Miller) in Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business. Gosh, that was fun! I've also been out and about performing for young audiences just like you. I played the lead role in Ferdinand the Bull at the Lewis Family Playhouse, and I sometimes visit schools performing Food for Thought as the lead rapping vending machine, “MC Vendor,” for Enrichment Works. Before moving to California, I acted a lot in New York City, where I was born. There I did plays by Shakespeare like Julius Caesar and a ton of new plays and musicals. Since moving out here, I’ve done more and more film and TV, including a TV show called “Ingles Ya!” which might help you with your Spanish! I went to New York University for college and the High School of Performing Arts before that. I’m so lucky to have had so many terrific teachers, plus my mom and dad, and everyone here at SCR!

Jonathan C.K. Williams (Bat). I love puppets big and small! And just as in The Night Fairy, I seem to puppeteer a lot of animals. I am a Triceratops at LA’s Natural History Museum and a Saber-tooth Cat at The Page Museum at The La Brea Tar Pits, which was recently featured in National Geographic magazine’s April issue. You can also see me puppeteer at Disney’s California Adventure in Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular! as Iago. See what I mean about all those animals? I do sometimes portray actual human beings, such as a disgruntled customer at a video game store for a commercial. They really let me wreck a store! All that practice being wild animals really paid off that time. Whether in a puppet or just myself, I love using my whole body to create characters and tell stories. So I hope you enjoy this story of The Night Fairy.

Emily Yetter (Flory). I must have fairy in my bloodline. I’m small, agile, have played many fairies on stage and have even flown! Perhaps you saw me as the high-flying Tinker Bell in the national tour of Peter Pan in a big tent next door. Fairies are very young at heart and so am I. We see the world as fresh, beautiful and exciting. This youthfulness is partly why I was cast as Regan, a 12-year-old girl possessed by a demon, in The Exorcist at The Geffen Playhouse. I get scared easily, so I liked playing Regan because I got to do the scaring for a change! I studied acting at UCLA, the British Academy of Dramatic Arts and currently study physical arts like dance, contortionism, acrobatics and aerials. I am so grateful to be an actress—each role is a fun adventure. Thanks for coming on this one with me!
Creative Team
Sara Ryung Clement - Scenic & Costume Design
Matt Schleicher - Lighting Design & Co-Projection Design
Dave Mickey - Sound Design & Co-Projection Design
Beth Peterson - Puppet Design
Kelly L. Miller - Dramaturg
Sue Karutz - Stage Manager

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