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The Fir Tree
The Fir Tree
Book by James F Engelhardt. Music and lyrics by Carol Weiss. Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen.

Cast: 3m., 2w. (may be expanded). Hans Christian Andersen's rich narration transforms a tiny fir tree and an unhappy boy into a finely woven tale of happiness and sharing. In a world of joy and plenty, young Eric and the little fir tree are frustrated to be so small. The tree is so eager to be grown that it misses the beauty around it: warm sun, gentle breezes and the singing stream. For Eric and the fir tree, happiness will come when they are tall, until … one rapturous day Eric chooses the little fir to be his Christmas tree. Too soon the holiday passes. Eric keeps wishing he were big. The little tree finds itself dry and lonely in the attic. But all is not lost; our fir tree discovers its happiness in sharing its stories with the resident house mice. In a final act of giving, the little tree transmits its wisdom to Eric through a dream. Five actors who play Eric's household double as the sun, wind and trees of the fir tree's forest and frolic as rabbits and house mice. Jim Engelhardt's clever animation of nature and vivid dialogue reveal a marvelous collection of characters. Carol Weiss' original songs and exuberant score add luster to this Christmas gem! One int., one ext. set. Approximate Running Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes.

Music Samples

A Gift to You
Happy Tree
Freya's Prayer
The Birthday Song
The Best Part of the Holiday
The Story of Eggbert
The Larder
Wake Up Boy

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Musical
Catalog Code:  F46
Cast Size:  5
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  62
Royalty:  Submit Application.
Cost:  $9.95
Approx. Running Time:  95 min.
Target Audience: Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: High Schools | College Theatre | Community Theatre
Genre: Holiday | Literary Classic
ISBN (10): 0871290340
James Engelhardt holds an M.F.A. from the Goodman School of Drama at the Art Institute of Chicago and a Certificate from Studio '68 of Theatre Arts, London. His plays and musicals have been produced internationally. The Fir Tree, a Theatre School premiere (with music and lyrics by Carol Weiss), was published by Dramatic Publishing in 1986. In 1990 he traveled ...More
Carol Weiss is a published author, composer, conductor, pianist and teacher who has written 10 musical plays for children, which are performed by schools and family theatres throughout the country. She is the recipient of several ASCAP awards, a Drama-Logue award and a presidential citation for excellence in teaching.

As a student at the University of Chicago, ...More
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* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.

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