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...
“There is no question that it is possible to change children’s physical activity. There are now a few children who work on prevention but many are in treatment” says Magnús Scheving. In recent years, Magnús has struggled to get children to exercise more. He says that children often need role models to want to change.
Next weekend, Children’s Days will be held in Akureyri (Norðurland). Emphasis will be placed on all kinds of exercise for the children. The highlight of the days will be performances of the play Áfram Latibær by Magnús Scheving. In the evening there will be a dance for the kids where Sigga Beinteinn and Grétar Örvarsson will sing and play. “The sports elf arrives and we go to hókí-pókí (Hokey Cokey)” says Magnús.
The program on Saturday starts at 9:00h in the morning in the pool. The children are allowed to do everything else that is forbidden. They are allowed to hang on the ropes, be on windbreaks and more. They will also be offered morning gymnastics, as well as freestyle tournaments, airplanes, gliders and more. At 14:00h there will be a big program on Ráðhú square in Akureyri. There will be a boxcar rally.Well-known athletes will compete in box cars, off-road vehicles will be on display. The children paint a 100 square meter painting powered by the Listasumar in Akureyri. Tígri comes to visit and Krakkaklúbbur DV will be introduced. Brochures will be distributed on the safety of children in a car. In fact, Íslandsbanki and Íslandsflug made it possible for this great cultural event to take place.
“What I find very exciting is the cart ride. Then the parent and child need to go shopping. They go to ten stores in the shortest possible time and compete for who is most efficient in shopping” says Maggi. The little kids participate in a fashion show. There will also be a children’s singing competition. Well-known athletes in football, judo, handball and more compete in spinning. “With that, we are going to see which athletes has the most endurance. There will also be an aerobics championship” says Maggi.
It is a great achievement to get such a large performance as Latibær into the country. According to Maggi, this is the first time in a decade that such a large play goes on a journey. 17 actors play in the play and around 20-25 people are in the whole show. The play Áfram Latibær has been very popular with children and adults of all ages. Over 20,000 people have seen the work and the number of seats has been around 94%. Latibær took a holiday this summer because many have left for other jobs. It is planned to start performances again this autumn.
Interest from abroad
“Latibær is an Icelandic work in skin and hair. This is a collaboration that has worked. Many foreign parties have shown great interest in Latibær. We are creating a cartoon of Latibær that we are going to present to Walt Disney, the TV station Fox and others. We have received funding from the state in Iceland to market the play. It is the intention that many authors will create stories for Latibær of the characters who live there” says Magnus. According to Magnús, Latibær is for children from the age of two. The parents usually enjoy the play as much as the children. According to Magnús, it would of course be possible and very fun to have a day like this in Reykjavík.
Dagur – Tíminn Akureyri
11 July 1997 – 128th issue, Lífið í landinu, Page 17
The sports elf Magnús Scheving and his friends from Latibær will conquer Akureyri this weekend. There, children will be invited to swim, and gymnastics will also be offered.
The play Áfram Latibær will then be shown in the sports hall on Saturday at 5 pm and on Sunday at 2 pm.
The show features a number of well-known actors and has received great reviews from the audience of Loftkastalinn Theater this winter.
On Saturday, all children are invited to take part in painting a giant children’s painting in the pedestrian street, which will then be hung up for display. There will be a sports tournament at Akureyrarvellir, it will be possible to see horses and get behind for a short time, see planes, boats, off-road cars, as well as slide on a giant slide and jump into an air castle. Saturday’s program ends with a children’s dance.