Like many little girls, Jessica Burrill-Logue was afraid of the dark when she was a kid.

A loving grandfather helped her conquer that fear. She turned the experience into “Firefly,” a 40-minute play for children younger than 6 that premieres Friday by Kerfuffle, an Omaha theater company that former Rose Theater artist Ashley Laverty founded in 2015.

In the show, audiences will take an adventure in the woods with Park Ranger Glow. They will hear crickets, feel the moss and smell pine trees. When the theater goes dark, fireflies will come out to play and hopefully ease any fears in young viewers.

“My Grampy helped me overcome this fear one night by taking me on an adventure into the Maine woods, where he introduced me to the wonder and magic of a world that comes alive at night. I remember sitting there on a rock, and suddenly I was surrounded by fireflies dancing around me like the stars high in the dark sky,” Burrill-Logue said. “I know that many children have this same fear, and I wanted to bring my childhood experience to life in a way that sparks wonder, beauty and creative play.”

Young people were involved in development of the play. Burrill-Logue and Laverty had four creative drama and visual art workshops at the Omaha Children’s Museum with kids and their grownups. They were invited to play in the dark with glow sticks, glow-in-the-dark paint and shadow puppets. They integrated what they observed in the workshops into the play.

The show is performed in and around a 14-foot Yurt Dome at OutrSpaces, a shared performing arts space in Omaha’s Little Bohemia. There will be four performances through Aug. 4.

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