Komische Oper Berlin im Schillertheater

The Little Witch

Opera

Bismarckstraße 110, 10625 Berlin

Franz Wittenbrink

Description

The Pippi Longstocking team is tackling yet another classic children’s book: The Little Witch , which has been a favourite in Germany for generations. The titular character’s aspirations to become a good witch are captured by composer Franz Wittenbrink in melodies that are both stirring and moving, involving market hubbub, a choir of forest animals, and naturally Walpurgis Night! Featuring the children’s choir of the Komische Oper Berlin.

The Little Witch is not really little, but certainly young! At just 127 years old, she’s far too young to go flying around the Blocksberg with all the great witches on Walpurgis Night. But that’s the biggest event on the witches’ calendar! Although the raven Abraxas has warned her, she simply can’t help herself and sneaks into the witches’ frolic. If only it weren’t for the nasty Weather-Witch Rumpumpel, who begrudges the Little Witch every tiny thing and snitches on her to the Head Witch. The latter takes away the Little Witch’s broomstick as punishment, but also tells her that if she becomes ‘good’ by next year, she can come along on Walpurgis Night. Together with the children Vroni and Thomas—and of course the raven Abraxas as well—the Little Witch does everything she can to become a good witch. But what exactly is a ‘good witch’ anyway?

Even sixty-five years after its first publication, Otfried Preussler’s The Little Witch still enchants children both big and small. With this stage production, Martina Gredler is making her directorial debut at the Komische Oper Berlin.

The setting in which this fairy tale unfolds is designed by Alfred Peter, who also created the poetic scenery for Nils Holgersson’s Wondrous Adventures . Providing just the right witching attire is Dinah Ehm, who also did the costuming for Barrie Kosky’s ethereal Pelléas et Mélisande .

GOOD TO KNOW Walpurgis Night is celebrated every year on the night of 30 April to 1 May. So go grab a broom and join the witches’ dance!

Cast

Maria-Danaé Bansen
Kleine Hexe
Paulina Plucinski
Kleine Hexe
Michael Heller
Abraxas
Christian Miebach
Abraxas
Mirka Wagner
Rumpumpel
Alma Sadé
Rumpumpel
Karolina Gumos
Rumpumpel
Ulrike Helzel
Rumpumpel
Johannes Dunz
Oberhexe / Billiger Jakob
Christoph Späth
Oberhexe / Billiger Jakob
Karolina Gumos
Maronifrau / Sumpfhexe
Ulrike Helzel
Maronifrau / Sumpfhexe
Mirka Wagner
Maronifrau / Sumpfhexe
Alma Sadé
Maronifrau / Sumpfhexe
Julia Schaffenrath
Papierblumenmädchen
Grace Heldridge
Windhexe / Gemüsefrau
Carsten Sabrowski
Revierförster
Noam Heinz
Revierförster
Kinderchor der Komischen Oper Berlin
Waldtiere
Vocalconsort Berlin
Hexenchor / Marktbesucher / Verkäufer
Martina Borroni
Choreographie
Jean-Christophe Charron
Chor
Dinah Ehm
Kostüme
Dagmar Barbara Fiebach
Kinderchor
Martina Gredler
Inszenierung
Anne Hinrichsen
Musikalische Leitung
Alfred Peter
Bühnenbild
Johannes Scherfling
Licht
Pia Syrbe
Dramaturgie

Dates

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Komische Oper Berlin im Schillertheater

Bismarckstraße 110, 10625 Berlin

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