This is a dramatic adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's short story The Little Match Girl. It is a faithful rendition of the original story, complete with harsh reality and a possibly unhappy ending. It can be an effective opportunity to compare and contrast this theatrical version with the original text, which is available online for free at numerous sites. It has been written to be performed on a stage, but it can also serve as a Reader's Theater piece. The running time is approximately six minutes, and can serve as part of an evening centered on the winter holidays.