Firefly in the Light

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Shayna Toh

Firefly in the Light

at Playwrights Horizons Rehearsal Studio

  • Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm
  • Saturday, July 15, 2017 at 7:30 pm
  • Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 3:30 pm

She ran to the light hoping to find her heart.

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. Seven 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 is a pop/rock musical about ambition, loyalty, and truth of identity.

Running time: 2 hours

Shayna Toh

Shayna Toh (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Shayna Toh's 15-minute, winning play, WHERE YOUR DREAM TAKES YOU, was showcased by the Singapore Repertory Theatre when she was 11. FIREFLY IN THE LIGHT, written at 17, premiered in Singapore in 2014. Her second musical, THE OLIVE TREES was presented at Musical Forum's Mini-Musical Festival (2017) in Brown University, where Shayna is a rising sophomore. She has music directed various shows in college, plays the piano, cello, guitar, and sings. Shayna is very excited to be making her New York debut with this amazing team.

Rachel M. Stevens

Rachel M. Stevens (Director)

Upcoming: FIREFLY IN THE LIGHT and PEDRO PAN (NYMF). Tom Stoppard’s THE HARD PROBLEM (Quantum Theater, Pittsburgh). New York/Broadway: Assistant Director, NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812, HENRY MUDGE (TheatreworksUSA); Regional: THE SPITFIRE GRILL, FLOYD COLLINS (Front Porch Theatricals) Assistant Director: PRELUDES (LCT3/Lincoln Center Theater; dir. Rachel Chavkin), BANDSTAND (Paper Mill Playhouse; dir. Andy Blankenbeuhler.) SDC Member. Education: MFA, Directing, The Actors Studio Drama School; BFA, Musical Theater, Point Park University.

Christopher Gurr

Christopher Gurr (Musical Director)

Christopher Gurr (Music Director) is a New York-based Music Director, Pianist and Conductor. Recent credits include BANDSTAND, THE VIEW UPSTAIRS, POPESICAL and NEWTON’S CRADLE at NYMF. Excited to be a part of NYMF for the third year running. Thank you, to the cast, crew, and musicians for your work.

Shayna Blass

Shayna Blass (Wendy)

Previous credits include Signature Theatre: FREAKY FRIDAY, THE MYSTERY OF LOVE & SEX (Charlotte), CABARET, HAUNTED HOTEL. Rep Stage: TECHNICOLOR LIFE; Forum Theatre: PASSION PLAY; Arena Stage: FIDDLER ON THE ROOF; Kennedy Center TYA: ELEPHANT & PIGGIE; Theater J: YENTL, ANOTHER WAY HOME; Studio Theatre: TRIBES, ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. You can also catch her singing with Guilty Pleasures Cabaret at The Duplex. @ShaynaBlass

Clay Singer

Clay Singer (Jake)

Clay Singer is thrilled to be making his New York debut as a part of the FIREFLY IN THE LIGHT cast. His recent credits include RAGTIME (Tateh), OKLAHOMA! (Curly) and THE SPITFIRE GRILL (Joe Sutter). He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with his BFA in Musical Theater/Acting. For more info visit and follow him on Instagram @claybsinger.

Dave Droxler

Dave Droxler (Guillard/Ensemble)

New York Theater: SWEETEE (dir. Pat Birch, Signature Theater), CANDIDE (NYC Opera), WALKEN ON SUNSHINE (FringeNYC; Best Actor, TheaterMania Audience Favorite) Drama Desk nominated THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (Stolen Chair Theater), HONKY (Urban Stages), CHARACTER (Prospect Theater) ALYSHA (Directors Company) TV/Film: (Upcoming) VO in Nick Jr series (SUNNY DAY, LIMITLESS, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER); Commercial: "Subway- Life Coach", "ATT- Treadmill". Thanks to Rachel and love to Chelsey and Tobin.

Angela Wildflower

Angela Wildflower (Luisa/Ensemble)

Angela Wildflower recently made her Broadway debut in MOTOWN THE MUSICAL as the legendary Mary Wells. Angela has been seen in VENICE (Public Theatre), OCTOBER SKY (The Old Globe), HINTON BATTLES AVB (Osaka, Japan), CROWNS (Pasadena Playhouse), appeared as a guest star on CBS' BLUE BLOODS, NBC's THE BLIND SPOT, stars in the web series FIRST DATES, and will make her feature film debut in the new film ROXANNE, ROXANNE.

Devin Lewis

Devin Lewis (Manager/Ensemble)

Devin Lewis is super thrilled to join the team of FIREFLY IN THE LIGHT! NYMF debut! Film/TV: NEWSIES LIVE! 1st National Tour: NEWSIES! Pace University, BFA Musical Theater. @devinlewis7428

Alex Sanders

Alex Sanders (Simon/Ensemble)

Alex Sanders is so excited to be a part of the FIREFLY IN THE LIGHT team and back at NYMF this season! Alex recently graduated from Pace University's BFA Musical Theater program and was last seen in PIP'S ISLAND at Skylight Modern Theater in Chelsea. He would like to thank his friends, family, and the team at Avalon Artists Agency for their constant support and impactful energy! Enjoy the show! Instagram: @alexdsanders

Lindsay Bayer

Lindsay Bayer (Olivia/Ensemble)

Lindsay Bayer is excited to be back at NYMF after 2015's WHAT DO CRITICS KNOW? (Betsy). Additional New York: DEAR ALBERT EINSTEIN (Judy), NEXT TO NORMAL (Natalie). Regional/favorites: THE SPITFIRE GRILL (Percy), THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA (Clara), FLOYD COLLINS (Nellie), SWEENEY TODD (Johanna), TITANIC (Caroline Neville), MISS ELIZABETH BENNET (Jane). Baldwin Wallace alum. Endless thanks to Rachel, Shayna, and the rest of the team. @LindsayBayer

Devin Lloyd

Devin Lloyd (Ensemble)

Devin Lloyd (Ensemble) is thrilled to make her NYMF debut in FIREFLY IN THE LIGHT. Favorite credits include +/- (Ada), THE TEMPEST (Miranda), ROOM FOR THREE (Eleanor), and TOP GIRLS (Joyce). Special thanks to the cast and creative team, and to my loving and supportive family.

Courtney Cheatham

Courtney Cheatham (Ensemble)

Courtney Cheatham is excited to be making her NYMF debut! She has traveled all over Southeast-Asia and Australia originating Raquelle in BARBIE LIVE! THE MUSICAL. Favorite credits include LES MISERABLES (Cosette), SOUND OF MUSIC (Liesl), HSM (Gabriella), THE FANTASTICKS (Louisa), ALADDIN: A MUSICAL SPECTACULAR (Jasmine) and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Thanks to her family and friends for their support, her team at Avalon Artists Group, and above all, Jesus Christ for being the center of her life.

Radio Interview with Shayna Toh - Radio 938LIVE, October 2014

"I wanted to explore something...about the topics of staying true to yourself and never forgetting who you are or where you came from." - Popspoken, November 2014

"It never fails to warm the heart to see so much effort being put in by a group of passionate theatre-makers to stage a brand new musical..." - Buttons in the Bread, November 2014

"The songs minted were upbeat and catchy as they propelled the plot." -, December 2014

"The music deserves a standing ovation..." - The Cambelles, 2015

11 Women Creatives You Need to Know at NYMF This Year - Playbill, 2017