Match Girl's Christmas, The - By Nick Perrin
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‘Very good music throughout, and the Match Girl’s story and Nativity story entwine together so well. Very positive feedback from the audience!’
- PT, Scotland.
This powerful short musical reminds us of the need to care for the poorest in our society, as well as pointing to the love and hope that Christmas brings. The play cleverly interweaves two stories (Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Little Match Girl’ and the story of the Nativity), yet the script is relatively undemanding as most of the action is integral to the songs, keeping preparation time to a minimum.
Everyone is at the fair, rich and poor alike, and most are watching the traditional Nativity play. Meanwhile, Old Tom the chestnut seller tells a group of children the story of ‘The Little Match Girl’. She herself appears, barefoot, grubby and poor, trying to sell her matches - but no-one acknowledges her. Starving and penniless, her only hope lies with the baby in the manger.
The show is set within a Victorian Christmas fair so - while it is very straightforward to produce - it has the potential for beautifully picturesque staging, especially if it is performed in the round.
The Director's Pack contains everything you need to stage a successful show including the Director's Book with director's overview, cast list, synopsis, notes, script, score, lyrics, helpful staging suggestions and performance licence application form. The included Enhanced CD contains full vocal demonstrations of the songs for the children to learn and separate instrumental backing tracks for performance use (no pianist required), along with printable files of the pupil script and lyric sheets (which allows you to print off as many copies as you require).
Age guide 7 to 11 years: 9 interwoven songs and carols.
Approximate Duration: 35 minutes