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...
Details such as character creation and artistic names are no problem for the multi-artist Magnús Scheving in his book Áfram Latibær! which has now become a play of the same name in the Loftkastalinn Theatre. The message is important and it is there from the first to the last minute: You should play sports and exercise your body and you should eat healthy food.
In Latibær no one bothers to move anymore. The postman (Ari Matthíasson) falls asleep on the way between houses with a letter, Solla stirða (Selma Björnsdóttir) can not lace up her shoes, Maggi mjói (Sigurjón Kjartansson) is powerless from malnutrition because he only eats cocoa balls (cocoa balls?), Eyrún eyðslukló (Pálína Jónsdóttir) spends all her pennies as fast as she gets them in the shop, Siggi sæti (Steinn Ármann Magnússon) eats a drizzle of candy (and it is of course disgusting to be fat), Goggi mega (Jón St. Kristjánsson) has stopped being able to talk because he watches so much TV, Stína símalína (Sigurveig Jónsdóttir) just talks on the phone, Nenni níski (Ólafur Guðmundsson) thinks everything he gets his hands on is his own . The ones who move the most are the dubious characters, Halla hrekkjusvín (Ingrid Jónsdóttir), who uses her power to hurt people, and the thieves who are forced to stay in shape due to work!
When an invitation arrives from the authorities to hold a sports tournament in Latibær, the mayor (Magnús Ólafsson) is desperate, but the sports elf appears in an instant and offers to help. And at the end of the day all lazy people have become athletes and all nonsense has stopped.
The actors played and sang with great energy and fun with the head coach Magnús Scheving himself at the forefront in the role of the Sports elf. It was not surprising how flexible he was on stage, but it was nice to hear that he proved to be a capable singer.
Having fun? Yes. The three-year-old who accompanied me did not want to take a break for fear that she would miss something. But what good does such a play? After repeated messages of the harmfulness of too much candy, the little ones returned from the break loaded with candy, of course (the theater could have offered carrot sticks and apple slices). And they probably went straight to the TV and videos when they got home. But this poses no threat. Maybe it will be okay later when they see enough agile bodies encourage a good lifestyle. Who knows?
Loftkastalinn Theatre show: Áfram Latibær! by Magnús Scheving
Directed by: Baltasar Kormákur
Music: Máni Svavarsson
Lyrics: Davíð Þór Jónsson
Costumes: María Olafsdóttir
Cast: Justin Wallace
Description: Helgi Jóhannesson