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The Little Match Girl - Short Play, Dramatic Comedy

The Little Match Girl

Hans Christian Andersen, Jack Neary

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Short Play, Dramatic Comedy

6m, 8f

ISBN: 9780874400250

Adapted by Jack Neary
Based on the story by Hans Christian Andersen
The Hans Christian Andersen holiday classic is given an up-tempo, contemporary spin by the author of Aladdin And The Wonderful Lamp and First Night.

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Short Play

Dramatic Comedy



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The Hans Christian Andersen holiday classic is given an up-tempo, contemporary spin by the author of Aladdin And The Wonderful Lamp and First Night. Dodge is a twelve-year old girl, an orphaned street kid, cleverly living on her own. On New Year's Eve, she meets James, a fourteen-year old runaway whose sour outlook on life Dodge finds challenging. Dodge decides to show James the good stuff of his life by revealing to him the power of the magic matchsticks given to her by her Grandmother. Both her life and his will never again be the same. Highly suspenseful, with flashes of great action, humor and warmth, this magical story will captivate and delight audiences during the holidays, and all year round.


6m, 8f


Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

Hans Christian  Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales make up a necessary componenant to any collection of fairy tales. In fact, Andersen's life was like a fairy tale in many ways. Out of the poverty, hardship, and loneliness of his youth, he came to be one of the most honored men of his time. Many of the more than 160 fairy tales he wrote, including "The Ugly Duckling," "The Princess and the Pea," and "The ... view full profile

Jack Neary

Jack Neary's plays have been produced all over the United States, in Canada, and in Europe. He is the author of Samuel French plays First Night and Sandbag, Stage Left (as John Anthony), as well as adaptations of The Fall of the House of Usher, Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp, and The Little Match Girl. His Jerry Finnegan's Sister was produced in Paris as La Soeur de Jerry King, and starred Arthur ... view full profile

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Cindy Brown 8/31/2016 10:31 AM
Siskiyou Performing Arts Center (SPAC) produced Little Match Girl several years ago - 5 performances of full houses and rave reviews!  We are producing it again December 2016.  Our cast, staff and beloved audiences found the play touching, timely and realistic.  Dodge, the main character, is a strong tough girl on the outside.  We learn the circumstances of her current situation and come to understand that every homeless person has their own story to tell.  Our audience members ranged in age from 5 to 95 and we found the exploration of homelessness especially appropriate for the Christmas season.
John Anthony 1/17/2015 10:58 PM
The previous review of this play correctly identifies it as a condemnation of homelessness, and suggests it might be a worthy choice for adult theatre, but unfortunately provides a one star rating, effectively shutting off readers who might find the script worth considering.  What the script manages to do is tell a fully-realized contemporary story inspired by a very brief fairy tale by Andersen, retaining the spirit and intent of Andersen's ending.  Perhaps the author should have re-titled his adaptation "Dodge" or something rather than Andersen's title.  Still, it's worth reading, and worth producing, if you have the theatre company to pull it off.
Anna McCain 9/2/2014 8:36 AM
I was so excited to receive the script in the mail, but quickly became upset with the content. I understand that the author was trying to bring the realities of homelessness to light, but this play is not suitable for younger actors or audience members. I believe that there are other ways to portray the tragedies of a young girl's street life without discussing some of thoes very adult situations mentioned in the play. This play may be appropriate for a community theatre whose target audience does not involve young children, but it it definitely not appropriate for a school.

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