Latibær is the winter project of the Sólheimar Theater Company and rehearsals began in October under the direction of Edda Björgvinsdóttir. This method was chosen to have more than one actor wrestling with each role. The guiding principle was that everyone would get their dream role. The cast is diverse and about 40 actors take part in the show. Almost all the members of the theater company ha...
It was a good idea for Leikfélag Vestmannaeyja Theater to go forward in staging a new play instead of showing an old and classic play. Áfram Latibær was the bestselling book by the aerobics champion Magnús Schevings last Christmas and is intended for the younger generation. The message is simple: TV obsession, sweets and inactivity are the bad habbits of the information society. A healthy lifestyle where regular exercise and a good diet are the basis, results in many times better well-being.
The production was by Sigurgeir Scheving and the lyrics were written by Guðrún Jónsdóttir. The production is very extensive, with a total of close to 30 people in the show, where the stage changes are fast. This is where the circular stage in the city theater comes in handy.
Based on the book: Áfram Latibær by Magnús Scheving
Director: Sigurgeir Scheving.
Assistant director: Hólmfríður Sigurðardóttir.
Lyrics: Guðrún Jónsdóttir.
Music: Máni Svavarsson et al.
Head of Department: Ásta Kristinsdóttir.
Lighting master: Quðmundur R. Kristinsson.
Starring: Hrund Scheving Sigurðardóttir, Kristjana Vignisdóttir, Quðmundur Lúðvík Þorvaldsson, Hólmfríður Sigurðardóttir, Finnur Freyr Harðarson, Ársæll Hjálmarsson, Sindri Freyr Ragnarsson, Njáll Mýrdal Ámason, Símon Halldórsson, Bima Vigdís Sigurðardóttir and others.
In short, the play is about the people in Latibær who do not bother to move. The mayor is very worried about this. He then receives a letter from the president stating that a sports competition should be held between the towns. The elves around the town keep a close eye on everything that goes on and the sports elf, played by Hrund Scheving Sigurðardóttir, decides to help the mayor to get the inhabitants of Latibær to adopt a healthier lifestyle and take part in the sports competition. We then follow how the sports elf gradually manages to win the harts of the townspeople.
The Leikfélag theater has been a great success here and it’s nice to know that the locals have the upper hand for the whole set-up and lyrics. Sigurgeir’s acting is a lot of fun and the stage production is a success. Young people take on most of the roles and perform well. No one is surprised when a special mention is made of the director’s granddaughter, Hrund Scheving. She is tailor-made for the role of the sports elf and takes advantage of it. Her narration is very clear and she is nimble as a cat. Hrund has a great future in acting as she has an aptitude for it.
Guðmundur Rúnar Þorvaldsson plays the mayor and perform well. The role is no different from the one he played in Leynimel 13. Kristjana Vignisdóttir plays the elf woman with great dignity. The experienced Hólmfríður Sigurðardóttir was a born comedian and is lovely as Stína símamær. Her son, Sindri Freyr Ragnarsson, has actor blood in his veins and plays Halla hrekkjusvín with great fun. Finnur Freyr Harðarson is very good as Siggi, Njáll Mýrdal Arnason came as a pleasant surprise as Nenni níski and Símon Halldórsson, Birna Vigdís Sigurðardóttir and Júlíus Freyr Theodórsson all stand out. Guðbjörg Sigurgeirsdóttir is very respected as the president. In addition, young girls appear as fairies, and boys from Stóribær and as other citizens in Latibær. Sigurgeir uses the whole hall in the city theater in a fun way.
Sigurgeir emphasizes with Áfram Latibær that he has a lot to do as a director and has probably never been better than now. He is especially fond of the young people. And while the hall on the first show may not have been completely filled in the normal way, there were many invitees and children in smaller numbers for whom the play was intended, it did not go unnoticed that the children who were there had a great time and lost themselves in the show. These are the best indicators.
Guðrún Jónsdóttir’s lyrics were very good. But the most important thing about the show were the songs. Although some people did not sing so well, it was not a good reason to reduce the number of songs. The lighting and scenery were excellent. The staging a new play Áfram Latibær in LV should not be missed by the citizens of Vestmannaeyjar at any age. No laziness, now it’s time to hurry to the theater. For some inexplicable reason, LV has not had much support in recent years and public opinion has been opposed. But now is the time for LV to rise to prominence. Áfram Latibær is a great victory for Leikfélag Vestmannaeyja.