The musical features music by Jay D’Amico (last pianist-in-residence at Windows on the World) and lyrics by Tom Diggs. Gregory Fletcher directs a cast that includes Mishaela Faucher, Aaron Riesebeck, Mitch Dean, Jodie Bentley, Xander Chauncey and Sean Patrick Folster. Mark T. Evans is the musical director.
The Fairy Hoax, according to press notes, "is a family musical about Dulcie, a thirteen-year-old girl in Yorkshire, England, who fakes the taking of photographs of fairies in order to save her relationship with her mother, which has been torn apart by the First World War. With the help of Francis, an eccentric male friend, Dulcie manages to create a series of photographs that not only cheer up her mother, but also enchant a nation. With the help of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and The Strand magazine, the children's celebrity around the faked photos goes too far as Dulcie's life becomes unbearable watching her mother go 'round the bend.' And when Dulcie feels betrayed by Francis, she decides to stop all talk of fairies and give up her celebrity status in order to preserve what’s left of her family."
The Fairy Hoax was developed from the play A Yorkshire Fairy Tale, which won the Aurand Harris Award at NETC in 2006 and was produced Off-Off Broadway at the Michael Weller Theater by Off The Leesh productions. The Fairy Hoax was part of the 2008 TRU Voices New Musicals Reading Series under the title Once Upon a Wind, produced by Sheila McDevitt at The Players Theatre. It was also given a reading in 2010 by Mind the Entertainment.
The reading is produced by WorkShop Theater Company.
WorkShop Theater Company's mission is to "provide a creative home for our diverse group of playwrights, directors and actors, to hone their talents and cultivate projects, from inspiration through finished production, while encouraging our audience to partner with us in developing new works." WorkShop Theater Company is located on the 4th Floor of 312 West 36th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues. For more information, visit www.workshoptheater.org.