'Glow Fly and the Seven Bugs' will stage its world premiere in Boring
by: contributed photo by KELLY LAZENBY, Meghan Gibson, 12, Eliza Fitch, 13, Alex Hughes, 14, and Lauren Jones, 12, play the meddlesome Ants who are trying to get their nephew, Prince Mantis, married off to Glow-Fly in the Nutz-n-Boltz version of the fairy tale.

The premiere of 'Glow Fly and the Seven Bugs,' written and directed by Kelly Lazenby of Gresham, is on stage weekends May 11-27 at Boring's Nutz-n-Boltz Theater.

The storyline is similar to the Brothers Grimm fairy tale 'Snow White and Rose Red,' but it has different characters.

In this story, the queen is vain. She looks at a talking mirror incessantly and asks the expected question about her imagined beauty.

This original children's fairy tale has only one girl (Glow Fly), not two; the seven small characters are insects, not dwarfs; and many scenes are in the meadow, where the bugs are gleaning for seeds.

'The character who is similar to Snow White (Glow Fly) is not a shrinking violet,' Lazenby said. 'She can take care of herself. And everyone who has seen this play thinks it's very funny.'

The 19-member cast includes students from Damascus and Boring middle schools and Deep Creek and Pleasant Valley elementary schools.

This play tells the story of a beautiful princess, Glow Fly, who is banished from the kingdom by her evil step-mother Queen Widow.

However, the insects in the meadow unite to save Glow Fly and defeat the queen - once and for all.

None of the cast is married at the end of the tale, but Lazenby says adults and children will leave the theater with smiles on their faces.

'This is a happy-ending fairy tale, but it's a little more realistic (compared to the Grimm tale),' Lazenby said.

There will be special seating in front for the youngest theatergoers, along with a scavenger hunt and glow-in-the-dark fun.

Children's theater shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and at 3 p.m. Sundays, May 11-27, at the Boring-Damascus Grange Hall, off Highway 212 in downtown Boring.

Prices are reduced for children 12 and younger. Adult tickets are $10 and teachers are admitted free. For more information, visit or call Lazenby at 503-593-1295.

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