By Robyn Cameron
Who really lives at the bottom of the garden?
We know that insects and creepy-crawlies do. But what about the magical world of fairies? Just because you can’t see them, doesn’t mean they are not there.
Writer/director Michelle Pears, of the latest Sorell on Stage production, “Fairies & Bugs”, creatively entertained both adults and children alike with her script and songs.
The clever use of lime and yellow lighting effects by lighting technician Chris Beis moved constantly around the walls and ceiling. The audience felt that they too were amidst the sun-dappled grass at the bottom of the garden with Michelle (The Springtime Fairy) and her friends in this magical world.
We looked around at the audience made up of both children and adults and noticed they were all smiling.
Ron Anderson (Mr Hopper) displayed amazing energy hopping and bobbing around with legs bent like a real grasshopper.
The “huge” watering can created an illusion that the 25 children and 12 adults in the cast were miniature in size, living a hidden secret life that the gardener didn’t know about.
The bees were delightful in their brown and yellow striped costumes and their buzzing filled the hall.
The snail shell house was intriguing as the Grumpy Snail’s head went in and out.
There was an elderly Christmas beetle who didn’t have enough “fart power” to get herself airborne (everyone was “blowing raspberries” to help her, which made the little children giggle with delight).
Meanwhile the fairies were waiting impatiently and finally, Michelle enticed them deeper into the garden by stepping down from the stage where upon they all danced in a fairy circle around the Fairy Ring.
Do you think this show was just about magic? The play was multilayered. Underneath the frivolity were powerful messages about guiding children to have healthy self-esteem.
The spider and the blowfly showed everyone has their place. A need to keep fit, laugh and learn how to get on with each other. Everything learnt with a sprinkle of fairy dust.
Michelle’s inspiration came from her grandmother:
“I cherish the memories of those walks with Nan around her garden and secretly feel that my grandmother too was a fairy.
“I dedicate this show to her and all grown-ups who will pass on the magic of storytelling to the next generation.”
Congratulations, Michelle and Sorell on Stage for producing this heart-warming production, including the vibrant and original songs and lyrics.
Caption: The cast of Fairies & Bugs brings the magic of fairy tales to life on stage through music and song.