Simple Simon - Box
BOX-SS - $30.00 for the boxed set
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is a newly created paper theater in a box from Oldfux.
It is designed after the theater built in 1817 in Helsingør,
Denmark, on the initiative of the town's dramatic society. Until then,
theater had been financed and dictated by the tastes of king and
nobility, but the Helsingør Theater
was entirely the middle class's own stage. It was built by local
builders and paid for by the local citizens, who also performed on stage
in amateur productions.
1961, the Helsingør Theater was
moved to The Old Town Museum [Den Gamle By], in Arhus, where it is one
of 75 buildings from 22 Danish towns. As the Helsingør
Theater stands today, it is the oldest theater in Denmark
preserved in its original form.*
This paper theater is designed after the proscenium of
the Helsingør Theater, so when
the play "Simple Simon", it will look as if you were performing for an
audience sitting in the original theater!
The size of the proscenium is 10 inches high in the
center, and about 12-1/2 inches wide. The arch, or opening,
is 4 inches high and 7 inches wide, and the figures are
approximately 2-1/2 inches tall.
is printed on light cardboard, and includes the proscenium, curtain,
figures, forest/path backdrop with four wings, castle hall with four
wings**, sheet with strips marked for making the "sticks" to move the
figures, illustrations to set up the theater (the box itself is used),
and the text for the play, in English, Danish and German! Please note
this is a short version of the original Hans Christian Andersen story.
The proscenium, backdrops and wings are pre-notched to
set up in the box, but some cutting is required on the proscenium (the
arch and optionally the top) and on the wings. The figures need to be
cut out and attached to their "sticks". An art knife or small scissors
and paper glue (not included) are required. Supervision is required
for small children!