Tiny Creatures Make For a Big Story: The Night Fairy

COSTA MESA, Calif. (May 17, 2013) – A very small fairy encounters very big creatures in South Coast Repertory’s final production of the Theatre for Young Audiences series: a new adaptation by John Glore of Newbery Medal-winning author Laura Amy Schlitz’s book “The Night Fairy.” The production runs May 24-June 9 on the Julianne Argyros Stage. Schlitz’s book is illustrated by Angela Barrett and published by Candlewick Press. Learn more online:

Playwright John Glore, SCR’s associate artistic director, was instantly drawn to adapting Schlitz’s novel for the stage.

“I was immediately captivated by the illustrations. I read the first page. Then I read the next page, and then the next. I was drawn in, so I bought the book, took it home and knew that I wanted to adapt it”, said Glore. He has also adapted The Stinky Cheese Man and A Wrinkle in Time for SCR’s young audience series.

Flory 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 "giant lady" and takes up residence in a birdhouse. This magical story is as visually bewitching as the night fairy herself. But Flory is as fierce 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.

Director Oanh Nguyen’s cast and design team utilizes a mix of puppets, projections and sound to create the giant world of Flory’s garden and its animal inhabitants.

The cast includes Catherine Adell, Sol Castillo, Moira MacDonald, Nicholas Mongiardo-Cooper, Jonathan Williams and Emily Yetter.

The design team includes Sara Ryung Clement, set designer/costume designer; Matt Scleitcher, lighting designer/co-projection designer; Dave Mickey, sound designer/co-projection designer; Beth Peterson, puppet designer; and Sue Karutz, stage manager.

SCR’s Theatre for Young Audiences program is made possible, in part, by grants from The Nicholas Endowment and The Segerstrom Foundation. The production of The Night Fairy is generously supported by Corporate Honorary Producer Nordstrom.

Tickets range from $20-32. Discounts are available for full-time students, patrons 25 years of age and under, full-time educators, seniors and groups of 10 or more. For complete information, visit:

Related Information for The Night Fairy

Tickets: May be purchased online at, by phone at (714) 708-5555 or by visiting the box office at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. Performances run May 24-June 9. Theatre for Young Audiences ticket prices range from $20-$32. Low-priced preview performances run May 24-31. 

Performance Dates, Times: 

  • Previews:
    • Fridays, May 24, and May 31, at 7 p.m.;
    • Saturday, May 25, at 4:30 p.m., and June 1 at 11 a.m.
    • Sunday, May 26, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 
  • Regular performances: 
    • Saturdays, June 1 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and June 8, at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
    • Sundays, June 2 and June 9, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
    • Friday, June 7, at 7 p.m.

Location:  South Coast Repertory is located at 655 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa, at the Bristol Street/Avenue of the Arts exit off the San Diego (405) Freeway in the Folino Theatre Center, part of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts. Parking is available on Park Center Drive, off Anton Blvd.

Current and Upcoming ProductionsThe Fantasticks (through June 9); Studio SCR: Eternal Thou (June 6-9); and Studio SCR: Neva (June 19-23)

ABOUT SOUTH COAST REPERTORY: Tony Award-winning South Coast Repertory, founded in 1964 by David Emmes and Martin Benson and now under the leadership of Artistic Director Marc Masterson and Managing Director Paula Tomei, is widely recognized as one of the leading professional theatres in the United States. SCR is committed to theatre that illuminates the compelling personal and social issues of our time, not only on its stages but through its wide array of education and outreach programs. While its productions represent a balance of classic and modern theatre, SCR is renowned for its extensive new-play development program, which includes the nation’s largest commissioning program for emerging and established writers and composers. Each year, it showcases some of country’s best new plays in the Pacific Playwrights Festival, which attracts theatre professionals from across the country. Of SCR’s more than 460 productions, one-quarter have been world premieres, whose subsequent stagings achieved enormous success throughout America and around the world. Two SCR-developed works have won Pulitzer Prizes, and another eight were named Pulitzer finalists. In addition, SCR works have won several OBIE Awards and scores of major new-play awards. Located in Costa Mesa, California, SCR’s Folino Theater Center is home to the 507-seat Segerstrom Stage, the 336-seat Julianne Argyros Stage and the 94-seat Nicholas Studio. Today, SCR produces 13 shows and eight public readings each season. More information is available at