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THUMBELINA, A finger puppet theatre freely adapted from H.C. Andersen.


Viggo Sommer - Music
Birgit Rastrup - Puppeteer
Set design: Viggo and Birgit
Finger puppets: Birgit

Duration: 35 min
Age 3-9 years + grown ups with a taste for adventure
For an audience of max. 80 children + adventurous grown ups
Stage: 9 sq. meters, preferably in a room where lights can be dimmed.
Preparation: two hours
Cleaning up: one hour
Price: 3,400 kr +VAT + transport.

Is true to H.C.A.’s story, but has been brought up to date for children. The whole play is put into one stage set, where Thumbelina, the tiny girl with the great heart, travels around the world as best she can and meets lots of different animals, who all want to marry her, until at last she finds her very own Prince Charming!
The play makes use of plenty of light effects to show the changing of the days and seasons, as well as sound effects and songs accompanied by Viggo Sommer, to emphasize the magical atmosphere.

Viggo Sommer
Plays the bugle, wooden flute, transverse flute, clarinet, a 100-year-old banjo with violin bow, the riti - an African violin - and a one stringed Indonesian instrument. He has performed with the Hesbjerg Children’s Theatre from the beginning. He takes part in all the performances as a musician, actor and set designer.

Birgit Rastrup
has performed with Hesbjerg Children’s Theatre since 1978 as an actor, puppeteer and set designer. She makes her own theatre puppets, stick, hand and finger puppets.
She appeared in the film The Light and the Darkness as the witch Hanna.
Since 2002, she has taken part in the H. C. Andersen parade in Odense as the witch in The Tinderbox.
Thumbelina was first performed at Badstuen in Odense on May 23rd, 2004.

Thumbelina has been performed at the following locations, among others:
Badstuen, Utamaduni Lejren, Bønnerup Børnehave, Hesbjerg Gøglertræf, Christianias Børneteater, Brylle skole ( Verninge Husflid), Spurvelundsskolen, Johannes Sognegård i Trøjborg, Alken Mejeri, Ringe bibliotek , Vollsmose Bibliotek, Lillebæltværftet in Middelfart , Legeparken i Kolding, Nørre Åby Bibliotek, Søndersø Bibliotek,Glamsbjerg Bibliotek, Mimeteatret i Odense, Kirkeby Børnehave, Næsby Sognegård, DUA (Den uafhængige aftenskole i Åsum) and Bondebjerget in Odense.


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