New Work
Writers: Wade Bradford


Show Information

Based on the Play/Book/Film
Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina
Number of Acts
First Produced
Fairy Tale/Fantasy
Fantasy/Imaginary, Unit/Single Set
Time & Place
A timeless garden/forest
Cast Size
Ideal for
High School, Large Cast, Middle School, Theatre For Young Audiences (TYA), Community Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly female cast
Includes late teen, young adult, early teen, child characters


In this adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's beloved tale, all of the town's children gather round a traveling storyteller to hear the story of a wayward little fairy girl. When an old woman wishes on a magic flower, her heart's desire for a child of her own literally blossoms before her eyes. Her magical little girl, only a few inches high, is named Thumbelina, and although the friendly child is very helpful around the house, and very kind to the nearby forest creatures, she just doesn't feel as if she fits in. A gossipy Frog Lady convinces Thumbelina that she should journey across the meadow and find her "real" family. Aided by a surly, one-eyed mouse named Uncle Jack, Thumbelina goes on the adventure of a lifetime, encountering a jealous mole, a mischievous goblin, a snobby pixie, and a sinister spider. Yet, with each obstacle, Thumbelina finds a cheerful solution, and makes many friends along the way. By the time she finds an entire clan of people her size, she realizes where her heart truly belongs: back at home, with the mother that gave her life with a magical wish.

Performance time about an hour.

Lead Characters

Thumbelina guide sections