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The Match Girl's Christmas

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.

Author: Nick Perrin

Age guide: 7 to 11

Running time: 35 mins - perf. licence required

No. of songs: 9 Interwoven songs and carols

"I have just produced 'The Little Matchgirl's Christmas' in 2 Telford schools and wanted to say what fab music it was and that the shows were great. There were lots of positive comments from parents. thank you so much. Can we have another one for next year PLEASE!!"
~ Lorraine Rainbow - Music Teacher, Telford. 

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