Thursday, June 28, 2012

Outdoor Play / Hakkebakkeskogen



This week a good friend of mine visited with her daughters, and we went to see an outdoor play: Hakkebakkeskogen. The play is written by Thorbjørn Egner, one of Norways most known children's authors. The story is about a group of animals who decide to take action to stop the "eating of one another", so that everybody can live in peace and be safe.
It was published as a children's book in 1955, and it has been read and played over and over ever since. In our small town, it has become a summer tradition to perform this play in the city park, and it's a huge hit.  It's a "wandering" show, which means that spectators move to a new spot in the park for every scene. This creates lots of suspense and fun for the kids, who rush after the actors to be on the front row.
Gjøvik Sommerteater, with its producer/director, musician and actors, do a great job.  They have slightly changed the text to suit the local dialect, and there is lots of humor that only the adult spectators understand... Kids and grown-ups have a fun time! And, even if it rains, it doesn't matter, because it's summer, it's warm, and as Norwegians, we dress accordingly to weather :-)
Jeg hadde nettopp besøk av en god venninne og døtrene hennes.  Vi fikk med oss Hakkebakkeskogen på Gjøvik Gård, noe jeg vil anbefale til alle som har mulighet. Thorbjørn Egners historie om dyra som bestemmer seg for å få slutt på "at man spiser hverandre". Det lages en lov som gjør at alle kan leve i fred og være trygge. 
Stykket spilles to ganger om dagen til og med 1. juli. Forestillingen er lagt opp som et vandreteater, hvor vi flytter oss til stadig nye steder i parken. Både barn og voksne har det gøy, for her er replikker og humor lagt på flere nivå!
Se Gjøvik Sommerteater for mer informasjon.

The baker - hare and his apprentice 
Bakermester Harepus (Leif Anders Wenzel) og bakergutten (Janka Stensvold Henriksen) 

The mean fox 
Mikkel Rev (Marianne Steinsrud)

Grandma Mouse  
Bestemor skogmus (Hans Esben Gihle) 

Grandma Mouse (with the hat on)
Bestemor Skogmus (med hatten på)












Kids enjoying the show!

Mrs Bear  
Bamsemor ( Linda Renate Lauritzen Fossen)

Everybody rushing to the next scene (Morten Mouse's house)
Alle løper til neste scene (Morten Skogmus' hus)


Mr Bear
Bamsefar (Leif Anders Wenzel)


Lots of fun and suspense!
Dette er gøy, og spennende!

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