by Kelly L. Miller
Have you ever met a fairy without wings? Or one who could not fly? Flory is a young night fairy, who loses her beautiful, gossamer wings one night after an encounter with a ferocious bat. Dropped into a strange land—a garden, tended by a mysterious human “giant”—Flory must learn quickly how to survive and fend for herself.
Flory is tiny, but she’s fierce. And she sets out to collect food and enlist animals in the garden to help her. Determined to live as a day fairy, Flory makes a wren’s house her home—then strikes a deal with Skuggle, an irascible squirrel who’s always hungry. She promises him food in return for rides across the garden—to help her befriend a beautiful, mysterious hummingbird.
All the while, Flory practices her magic. Night fairies are born with the seeds of magic spells in their minds. Spells that come to them when they need them most—“stinging” spells to fight off danger and “seeing” spells to find things.
But Flory will need more than magic to defeat the vicious predators who threaten to harm her. She’ll need compassion, kindness and the help of her newfound friends if she ever hopes to fly again.
Playwright John Glore adapted The Night Fairy for the stage from Newbery Medal-winner Laura Amy Schlitz’s beloved book of the same title. Director Oanh Nguyen is employing an exciting mix of puppetry, projections and sound design to create the giant world of Flory’s garden and animal friends on stage.
Nguyen has assembled a wonderful cast of actors/puppeteers for The Night Fairy including Catherine Adell, Sol Castillo, Moira MacDonald, Nicholas Mangiardo-Cooper, Jonathan C. K. Williams and Emily Yetter. His stellar design team includes Sara Ryung Clement, sets and costumes; Matt Schleicher, lights and projection design; Dave Mickey, sound and projection design; Beth Peterson, puppet design.
We hope you’ll join us at South Coast Repertory to meet Flory—a fierce and fearless fairy, unlike any you’ve seen before. Who knows? You might learn a magic spell or two.