The Little Match Girl • Part 2 of Yuletide, of the RADIO HOUR Series

by Matthew Ivan Bennett

“The LITTLE MATCH GIRL” based on Hans Christian Andersen’s story

A short lyrical adaptation of the tragic and moving holiday story by Hans Christian Andersen. A girl in desperate straits tries to make money for her family by selling matches on the street in wintertime. When you have nothing, where do you turn for warmth and comfort? The Match Girl strikes a match and in the brief flicker of the flame, she sees her fondest dreams.

RADIO HOUR is a co-production between Salt Lake City’s Plan-B Theatre Company and the University of Utah’s Public Radio station KUER’s Radio West.


PLAY DETAILS

  • CHARACTERS: 1girl 1boy 4M 1F 1 either M or F (Can be played by 3 performers)
    • Match Girl (girl)
      Describer (M or F) Narrator.
      Revelers – Can be played by all listed characters except GIRL
      Driver (M) – a man in a hurry
      Urchin (boy) – A homeless boy
      Boozer (M) – A homeless man
      Father (M) – An abusive father
      Grandmother (F) – A kindly matron
      Gentleman Passing (M) – A concerned citizen
    • DOUBLING AS FOLLOWS
      ACTOR 1 — Revelers/Urchin/Boozer/Father/Gentleman Passing
      ACTOR 2 — Grandmother and Match Girl
      ACTOR 3 — Describer, Driver and others as needed
  • Period Costumes or contemporary clothes
  • Radio Station setting
  • Sound Effects required (can be Foley, recorded, or a mix of both. Music required.)
  • 7 minutes
  • ORDER #3243.2

PERUSAL MATERIALS:

  • A copy of the PERUSAL SCRIPT (in PDF format) which contains half of the script of the play is available, (it also has an extensive Author’s Note.): Little Match Girl PERUSAL
  • The shorter play: THE GIFT OF THE MAGI is available for production as a self-contained performance HERE
  • The shorter play: THE BLACK KNIGHT is available for production as a self-contained performance HERE
  • VIEW other plays in the RADIO HOUR Series HERE
  • VIEW our list of other plays available as Staged Radio Plays HERE
  • LISTEN to the original broadcasts from KUER’s Radio West Productions HERE

PRODUCTION/REHEARSAL MATERIALS:

(Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account?), email us. CDs will be mailed to a snail mail address. Do not purchase rehearsal materials or pay for royalties until you have performance clearance.)

  • Script in PDF format  — Order #3243.2a : $10.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)



  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3243.2d : $10




  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3243.2e : $10




  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application
  • EMAIL us for rights and information. Be sure to give us anticipated performance dates and the address of your group and, if different, your theatre. Please also include a contact name and phone number.




PRODUCTIONS

  • Premiered  at Plan-B Theatre Company (co-produced by KUER’s Radio West program) — 2016

BILLING CREDITS

The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:

The Little Match Girl
from Yuletide – Episode 9 of the RADIO HOUR Series

by
Matthew Ivan Bennett

NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play. (In a press release all type, will of course, be the same size.)

ALSO:

THIS NOTICE MUST APPEAR IN ALL PROGRAMS, ON ALL POSTERS AND PUBLICITY MATERIALS AND INTERNET ADVERTISING/WEBPAGES FOR THE PLAY:
THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT, www.leicesterbaytheatricals.com”


 

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