Firefly in the Light—A New Musical
 

She ran to the light

Hoping to find her heart

 
 

STORY

 

Torn between a possessive mother, her childhood sweetheart, Jake and spirited friends, Wendy deserts home in search of city lights, fame and a long-lost father.

 

7 years later, Wendy and Jake’s destinies once again intertwine. With rekindled love within grasp, Wendy must first find her own truth – only to confront having her pursuit of stardom cross fatefully with the uncovering of a dark family secret.

 

Firefly in the Light pulls to the fore, the many competing life options which await every young, and older person. The author hopes that the messages of loyalty, emotional nourishment, self-fulfillment, timeliness and truth of identity will speak to those of us – treading into the world beyond school, beyond a preoccupation or beyond a life stage – directly and simply through this pop/rock musical.

 
 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

 

2014 November

Singapore Premiere

  • Presented by Hong Leong Foundation, supported by National Arts Council, Singapore
  • Produced by Midnight Sun Theatrical Productions, Singapore
  • One-show-only (200 capacity at The Arts House, Singapore) sold out
  • Publicity coverage @NEWS and @facebook.com/fireflyinthelight

 

2016 January

New York Musical Festival 2016 Next Link Finalist

 

2016 March-August

New York Musical Festival 2016 Digital Dramaturg Program

Original 75-minute, 12-song show expanded to 2-hour, 22-song show

 

2017 July

Official Selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival (July – August 2017)

nymf.org/fireflyinthelight

 
 

CREATIVE

 

Shayna Toh
AUTHOR, COMPOSER AND LYRICIST

Shayna Toh is from Singapore and a Rhode Island-based student. She composed her very first song titled “My Very First Waltz” at age six. Her 15-minute, one-act play, Where Your Dream Takes You, a winning entry for a national playwriting competition, was showcased by the Singapore Repertory Theatre over five performances at the DBS Arts Centre in 2008, when she was 11.

Bringing together her love for intersectional music genres and her penchant for plays, she wrote and composed her first musical, Firefly In The Light—A New Musical in 2014. This 75-minute, 12-song pop/rock musical based on a pop song she had penned a few years back, premiered at The Arts House in Singapore, to a one-show-only, sold-out crowd in November, 2014. Firefly In The Light—A New Musical has since been expanded to a 2-hour, 22-song show and is an Official Selection of the 2017 New York Musical Festival (July – August 2017) (nymf.org/fireflyinthelight).

Shayna’s latest musical The Olive Trees was presented, over three performances at the Mini-Musical Festival in Spring 2017 by Brown University’s Musical Forum (youtu.be/N1QsOJIS6GI).

Her songs, “We Own The World” and “When The World Turns” were Finalists in the Pop category of the Great American Song Contest 2013 (greatamericansong.com/honorary-2013.php) and the Open category of the UK Songwriting Contest 2011, respectively.

As a vocalist, she has performed Claude-Michel Schönberg’s “I’d Give My Life For You” at the American Protégé International Vocal Competition Winners’ Recital in Carnegie Hall, New York in 2014. She most recently played the part of Princess Puffer in The Mystery Of Edwin Drood staged by Brown University Gilbert and Sullivan in the Fall of 2016. Apart from singing, Shayna plays the piano, electone, cello and guitar.

Among the several literary work she has had published, is a children’s book she authored in 2013, on urban nature deficit. The publication serves as a curriculum resource at Singapore’s national libraries and primary schools, and was featured literature for biodiversity festivals in Singapore and Earth Day celebrations in Australia, Korea and Japan.

Shayna has been awarded grants by Hong Leong Foundation and the National Arts Council, Singapore for Firefly In The Light—A New Musical. Her other staged-theatrical and published-literary work by various producers and publishers received grants from SPH Foundation, Jane Goodall Institute and Shaw Foundation.

shaynatoh.com

 
 

NEW YORK MUSICAL FESTIVAL

 

Performances

 

12 JUL 17 FIREFLY IN THE LIGHT, READING, NEW YORK MUSICAL FESTIVAL, NEW YORK CITY UNITED STATES FIND TICKETS
15 JUL 17 FIREFLY IN THE LIGHT, READING, NEW YORK MUSICAL FESTIVAL, NEW YORK CITY UNITED STATES FIND TICKETS
19 JUL 17 FIREFLY IN THE LIGHT, READING, NEW YORK MUSICAL FESTIVAL, NEW YORK CITY UNITED STATES FIND TICKETS

 

Creative & Cast

 

SHAYNA TOH

Author/Composer/Lyricist

RACHEL M. STEVENS

Director

CHRISTOPHER GURR

Music Director

SHAYNA BLASS

Wendy

CLAY SINGER

Jake

DAVE DROXLER

Guillard/Ensemble

ANGELA WILDFLOWER

Luisa/Ensemble

DEVIN LEWIS

Manager/Ensemble

ALEX SANDERS

Simon/Ensemble

LINDSAY BAYER

Olivia/Ensemble

DEVIN LLOYD

Ensemble

COURTNEY CHEATHAM

Ensemble

 
 

VIDEOS

 

EXCERPTS FROM SINGAPORE’S PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF FIREFLY IN THE LIGHT—A NEW MUSICAL

November 15, 2014

 
 
 

MUSIC

 

SELECTED TRACKS FROM DEMO RECORDING OF FIREFLY IN THE LIGHT—A NEW MUSICAL

August, 2016

 
 

NEWS

 

INTERVIEW BY RADIO 938LIVE: FIREFLY IN THE LIGHT—A NEW MUSICAL

October 8, 2014

 

Interviews

 
 
 

Reviews

 

Audience Feedback

 
 

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