COMPOSER – Rusty Magee

LIBRETTO – Billy Aronson

CONCEPT & DIRECTION – Grethe Barrett Holby

LENGTH – 60 Minutes



  • Dad (Baritone)
  • Snowman (Bass-Baritone)
  • Santa (Tenor)
  • Emma (Soprano)
  • Reindeer (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Sugar Plum Fairy (Soprano) 


Orchestra (9)

  • Percussion Bass
  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Piano

DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS  Family Opera Initiative, American Opera Projects, New York Area Schools (Trinity School, Nightingale-Bamford School), New York Public Library

CREDITS  Flurry Tale premiered at Clark Studio Theater, Rose Building, NYC in December 2009


When Emma’s distracted Dad proclaims his disbelief in Santa Claus and talking snowmen, a cast of familiar holiday figures set out to prove that they really do exist—resulting in a zany, whimsical adventure. After much squabbling amongst themselves, the mismatched group ultimately plot Dad's downfall, until Emma reminds them of the compassionate message of the season. 


RUSTY MAGEE (COMPOSER) was an accomplished composer and lyricist for theater, television, film, and commercials. He won the New York Outer Critics’ Circle James Fleetwood Award for Moliere's Scapin, which was produced at CSC Repertory Theatre, Yale Repertory Theatre, and American Conservatory Theater. His full-length musical theatre work, The Green Heart, was presented at Variety Arts Theatre, produced by Manhattan Theatre Club. Flurry Tale, a holiday opera, was commissioned by American Opera Project’s Family Opera Initiative, and presented at the Clarke Studio Theatre, NYC. Other credits include music and lyrics for American Repertory Theatre’s Ubu Roi, Servant of Two Masters and Imaginary Invalid. Co-writer of The Czar of Rock and Roll (Houston's Alley Theater), and arranger for The House of Blue Leaves (Lincoln Center and Broadway). His music has been featured on Comedy Central, Showtime, The Movie Channel, Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. 

BILLY ARONSON (LIBRETTIST) has written plays produced by Playwrights Horizons, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and Wellfleet Harbor Actor’s Theatre. Additional credits include original concept and lyrics for the hit musical Rent; Flurry Tale and Fireworks! for Family Opera Initiative; Cartoon Network, Children's Television Workshop (Sesame English and the Sesame Street home video), the Disney Channel, MTV, PBS, Nickelodeon, A&E International, The History Channel, and Comedy Central. Best American Short Plays 1992-1993, 1999-2000, and plays from the Woolly Mammoth. Aronson is a graduate of the Yale Drama School and Princeton University. 

GRETHE BARRETT HOLBY (CONCEPT & DIRECTION) has directed, choreographed, performed and collaborated on world premieres at The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center Festival, Houston Grand Opera, and La Scala. She is an original cast member of Einstein on the Beach, and has collaborated with Leonard Bernstein, Lou Reed, Robert Wilson and Yusef Komunyakaa. Founder: Ardea Arts, Family Opera Initiative and American Opera Projects. A Rockefeller Fellowship recipient, she holds a BS and MS from MIT.