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The Little Match Girl

The Little Match Girl

Book and lyrics by Sidney Berger. Music by Theo Fanidi. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen tale.

Product Code: LJ3000

  • Musical
  • Drama
  • Cast size: 8 to 15m., 5 to 10w.

Rights and availability
This title can be licensed and sold throughout the World.

* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.

$7.95 /script

Min. Royalty Rate: $60/perf

In stock

Synopsis

Hans Christian Andersen's tale of the little match girl has become a story of an abused child whom everyone knows and loves. Andersen based his three-page tale on his own mother and grandmother, but he didn't give the little girl a name. In the hands of playwright Sidney L. Berger, the seriousness and the fragile tone of the original story are transferred to the stage. The little girl—named Liesl in this dramatization—is forced by her pitiless father to sell matches on icy, friendless city streets. She burns her matches to keep warm. The pitiful little flames don't warm her body but they illuminate her spirit. The things she has dreamed about but can't have come alive in her dreams as the icy winds claw at her inadequately clothed, frail little body. The audience sees her vision of a brightly decorated Christmas tree surrounded by beautiful toys—a stuffed panda bear or two, toy soldiers and dolls. As in Andersen's story, the little child dies at the end of the play. "But it's a positive ending," Berger said. "She joins her grandmother in a warm and happy place." The subtlety of Liesl's death and the joyful finale will please even the most sensitive and emotional audience members. It is a delightful Christmas present for your community but suitable during any time of year.The music for The Little Match Girl can be sung by children as well as adults. The upbeat, melodious music is a counterbalance to the serious story.

Details

  • Status

    In stock

  • Type of Show Musical
  • Product Code LJ3000
  • Cast Size 13
  • Min. Royalty Rate $60/perf
  • Cost $7.95
  • Approx. Run Time 60 min

Categories

  • Target Audience Young Audiences | Middle School | High School | Family (all ages)
  • Performing Group High School | College Theatre | Community Theatre | Professional Theatre | Touring Group | Dinner Theatre
  • Genre Drama
  • ISBN(13) 9780886802301
* Please note the royalty rate listed is the minimum royalty rate per performance. The actual royalty rate will be determined upon completion of a royalty application.