The Night Fairy: Big Adventure in a Miniature World
Kicking off Imagination Stage’s bold, brave, and creative 2014-2015 season is The Night Fairy, a play based on the book by popular Baltimore author and Newberry Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz. Directed by Jeremy Skidmore, The Night Fairy is a tale of big adventure in a miniature world in which a night fairy discovers a renewed sense of creativity, diplomacy, and resilience after being attacked by a bat.
The Night Fairy, best for ages 4-10, runs September 24 through October 26 in Imagination Stage’s Annette M. and Theodore N. Lerner Family Theatre. Tickets start at $10, and can be purchased online at www.imaginationstage.org, at the Imagination Stage box office, or via phone at 301-280-1660, beginning August 11. Group rates are available.
Laura Amy Schlitz has captured a drama that unfolds in a place very like our own back yards in her book The Night Fairy, adapted for the stage by John Glore. Flory finds herself stranded in the world of daytime where she must learn how to survive in unfamiliar surroundings. Her greater challenge is in learning to manage the many personalities of the creatures who share the garden-scape, including a squirrel, hummingbird, spider, raccoon, and her nemesis, a bat. The world that initially seemed so alien to our heroine becomes a home where love, bravery, and understanding all blossom.
“The Night Fairy is a high stakes adventure story of survival and friendship that takes place in miniature,” says Artistic Director Janet Stanford. “From their seats in the Lerner Theatre, our audience will feel like tiny insects inside a huge-scale world taken right from their own back yards!” Imagination Stage is starting this season off in a big way, and “we are excited to welcome top artistic talents to our theatre to design and direct this show. Highly acclaimed Washington, DC Director Jeremy Skidmore, makes his Imagination Stage debut and teams up with British Scenic Designer Patrick Watkinson whose designs have been seen in South Africa, Europe, and the U.K. The cast features much loved Imagination Stage actresses Tia Shearer and Megan Graves, who are joined by local award-winning actress Erin Weaver as the Night Fairy’s best friend, Skuggle the squirrel. With this high-powered company, we know that the show is going to be spectacular.”
ABOUT THE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM
Tia Shearer will play Flory, the Night Fairy. Tia has previously performed at Imagination Stage in the Helen Hayes Award-winning Anime Momotaro, Wind in the Willows, and Bunnicula. She has also performed with Hub Theatre, Taffety Punk, and Constellation Theatre. Erin Weaver, the two-time Helen Hayes nominated and winner for Outstanding Supporting Actress in 2009, joins Imagination Stage for the first time in the role of Skuggle the squirrel. She has performed in many area theatres, including Round House Theatre, Signature Theatre, Folger Theatre, and Arena Stage.
The Hummingbird and Wren will be played by Megan Graves who was most recently seen in The BFG at Imagination Stage. Her other Imagination Stage credits include Inside Out, James and the Giant Peach, The Magic Finger, and Dr. Dolittle. She has also been seen with many other local companies including 1st Stage, Adventure Theatre MTC, Forum Theatre, and The Washington Rogues.
The Spider and Raccoon will be played by Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan who is making her Imagination Stage debut after performing locally at Folger Theater, Round House Theatre, and No Rules Theater Co. She also appears with Only Make Believe. Ryan Sellers will play Peregrine the bat. Ryan has previously performed at Imagination Stage in P. Nokio and Anime Momotaro and has performed in ten productions at Synetic Theatre, amongst other area theatres.
Jeremy Skidmore will direct The Night Fairy as his first Imagination Stage production. Jeremy is an acclaimed director in the DC community and is the former Artistic Director of Theatre Alliance. His recent directorial credits include The Beauty Queen of Leenane and Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo at Round House Theatre, as well as A Few Good Men at Keegan Theatre.
The rest of the creative team for The Night Fairy includes Associate Director Nancy Bannon, Scenic Designer Patrick Watkinson, Costume Designer Erin Nugent, Sound Designer Christopher Baine, and Projections Designer Jared Mezzocchi.
- Public performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- Select Saturday performances at 11:00 a.m.
- Special Saturday night performance on October 25 at 7 p.m.
- Tuesday-Friday field trip performances
- Tickets: $10+; best for ages 4+
- $10 Preview Tickets (applies to most seats): September 27 at 1:30 and 4:00 p.m.
- ASL interpreted performance: October 5 at 4:00 p.m.
- Sensory-friendly performance: October 12 at 11:00 a.m.
- A limited number of $10 tickets are available for each performance by calling the Box Office, courtesy of the Jim and Carol Trawick Foundation. These tickets go on sale for the following week’s performances on Monday mornings at 10:00 a.m.