Courage! Cunning! Compassion! Bay Area Children’s Theatre Opens The Night Fairy Oct. 27

Thu, 10/05/2017

Courage! Cunning! Compassion! Bay Area Children’s Theatre Opens The Night Fairy Oct. 27

Contact: Vivian Auslander, 510-524-2941,

Tiny Flory awakens on the dewy ground after falling out of the nighttime sky, her wings ripped off by a bat. How will she eat? Stay warm? Protect herself? Giant footsteps send her scurrying to safety behind some leaves. She will need all her ingenuity to survive in the strange new daylight world into which she has plunged.

In its first play of the season for older children (age 8 and up), Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT) presents The Night Fairy, the story of feisty young Flory, who faces the dangers in the garden that has become her unexpected home by using her wits, summoning her courage, and learning to give and take with the fascinating but often forbidding creatures she meets.

Adapted for the stage by John Glore from the book of the same name by Newbery Medal winner Laura Amy Schlitz, The Night Fairy plays Friday, October 27, through Saturday, December 30, at the BACT Theatre Center, 2055 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704, with shows at 7 p.m. on Fridays and at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

“ Flory has barely learned how to fly when she loses her wings and must find herself anew,” said BACT Executive Artistic Director Nina Meehan, who is co-directing The Night Fairy with BACT Artistic Associate Director Hannah Dworkin. “The ‘tween years are so often about finding oneself and one’s place in the world that we were immediate drawn to Flory’s story for young audiences in the upper elementary grades. The Night Fairy is our first production in our new 60-seat theatre, which we’re calling The Second Stage, at the BACT Theatre Center. The intimacy of The Second Stage gives our audience the opportunity to connect viscerally with Flory’s experience, which is very physical—she’s a fierce little fairy trying to survive—often humorous, and deeply moving. We think older children will empathize with Flory’s plight and perhaps even learn a bit about marshaling their own strengths and the strengths of others.”

((high-res .jpg attached of Kaleena Newman as The Night Fairy. Photo credit: Melissa Nigro.))

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