PLAYWRIGHT WADE BRADFORD
TALKS ABOUT "THUMBELINA"
Q.: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS ADAPTATION?
A.: I love Hans Christian Andersen. "Thumbelina" was a story that always fascinated me. As a kid, I loved anything that was about animals or tiny creatures living in a big world.
Q.: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?
A.: I love the old field mouse, Jack. He is very disgruntled yet lovable.
Q.: WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART IN CREATING THIS ADAPTATION?
A.: Dealing with the ending. In the original version, Thumbelina is taken from her mother (by the mean frogs) and never returns home. She eventually marries a prince and we are left wondering what has become of her human mother. Last year, when I read the story to my little girls, I thought: "Hey, what about the Mom?! She's probably worried sick about Thumbelina!"
Q.: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?
A.: I wanted to create a show that could offer a lot of fun, imaginative parts for a large number of actors. The role of Thumbelina is a great part, but so is the mole, Jack, the Mice, the Moth, and Miss Fra-Lula Frog.
Q.: ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SAY?
A.: I'd like to thank the kids from Canyon Theatre Guild. They starred in the world premiere of "Thumbelina," and they did a terrific job!