Mole’s Star

based on the children’s book by Britta Teckentrup
puppet theatre for 3 year olds and older | first release | duration: 40 minutes

Director: Julia Sontag
Stage design, puppets and costumes: Betty Wirtz
Music composition and sound: Katharina Lattke
Cast: Karoline Vogel, Maurice Voß

A story of light and darkness, of stars and sparkling

The little mole has his home deep underground. But sometimes he is quite lonely on his own in the dark. Then, when he stretches his head once again up to the night sky and wistfully admires the twinkling stars, he wishes that they were all his. Indeed, his wish comes true, and all the stars of the night now shine in his home. How beautiful! But outside the sky is suddenly as dark as a raven’s wing, the night is pitch-black, and all the other animals of the forest cannot see anything anymore. There are no more stars to show them where to go. What to do about it? Whose stars are they anyway? For whom do they shine? For one on his own or for all?

Performance rights: Britta Teckentrup c/o United Agents LLP, London

Tom Thumb

based on the Grimm fairy tale
puppet theatre for 4 year olds and older | Duration: 45 minutes
Director: Tomas Mielentz
Complete set design: Nadine Wottke
Cast: Maurice Voß

A small boy on a great journey

A man and a woman desperately want a child, even if it is only as small as a thumb. Their wish comes true, after seven months they have a son who is indeed only the size of a thumb, but very clever and wise. He can sit on the brim of a hat and can steer a cart by whispering in the ear of a horse. He lets his poor father sell him for a lot of gold, knowing full well that his ingenuity will enable him to return home. But before that happens, Tom Thumb disappears into a mouse hole, he chases away thieves, ends up in the stomach of a cow and is even gobbled up by a wolf. However, everything turns out all right in the end.

Rumpelstiltskin

based on the Grimm fairy tale | adapted for the stage by Susanne Koschig
puppet theatre for 4 year olds and older | duration: 50 minutes
Director: Susanne Koschig
Stage design, puppets and costumes: Bärbel Haage
Music: Udo Hemmann

Cast: Tomas Mielentz, Maurice Voß

From a mill to millions

"My daughter can spin straw into gold!" boasts the miller and thereby causes serious problems for her. Greedy for gold, the king believes the miller, and threatens the daughter with death if she does not perform this feat for him. An imp secretly offers to help her. Thereby he not only saves her life but also provides her with wealth and happiness. However she is at risk of losing everything when the imp demands the payment she promised: the baby of the miller’s daughter, who has now become queen. She may only keep her child if she can guess the name of the imp.

Four Tales of Heaven and Earth

Legends and tales from France, Greenland, Russia and North America | first release
puppet theatre for 5 year olds and older | duration: 70 minutes
„A Stone Soup” by the French writer Anaïs Vaugelade - translated into German by Tobias Scheffel
„The Bone Woman” based an Inuit fairy tale
„The Slender Birch Tree” based on a Russian fairy tale
„The Golden Cranes” based on a Native American legend
Director: Martin Vogel
Set design, puppets und costumes: Nadine Wottke
Music and sound: Andres Böhmer

Cast: Kathrin Blüchert / Karoline Vogel, Paul Günther, Tomas Mielentz, Maurice Voß

Four stories. Four puppeteers. Four tales from the four cardinal points tell us about happenings between heaven and earth. About an old man, who is given firewood and gold by a slender birch tree; about cranes, who yearn for a journey to the far south; about a young fisherman, who finds a skeleton in the cold Arctic Ocean and about a stone, which provides the animals with a sociable evening. Four mini-plays about stones and bones, about feathers and wood. They are about people and animals, about freedom and greed, but above all, about the wonderful power of love and community.

Performance rights „A Stone Soup“: SACD, Paris/Frankreich, German translation „Steinsuppe“: Moritz Verlag, Frankfurt/M.

The Day Grandma broke the Internet

by Marc-Uwe Kling
puppet theatre for 6 year olds and older | duration: 50 minutes
Director and stage design: Matthias Thieme
Puppets: Kathrin Sellin
Puppeteer costumes: Mila van Daag
Video drawing and -animation: Johanna-Maria Hitzek
Cast: Juliane Solvång, Heinrich Bennke

What happens in a family when the world-wide-web doesn’t work?

It’s the school holidays. Mum and dad have to work and grandma and grandpa are looking after Tiffany and her older brother and sister. Then it happens! The internet breaks down. All over the world! It was grandma, who broke it. By accident of course! She sat at the computer and went click-click a few times. What now? What do you do when there is no internet? No music and films to stream? No apps and satnav? No contact to the outside world? However in the attic there is grandpa’s old transistor radio and father’s guitar, and so the family can enjoy something together even without the internet!

The realization of this production is supported by the Sparkassenstiftung Erfurt.

Performance rights: Verlag Voland & Quist GmbH, Berlin, Dresden und Leipzig

The Nutcracker and the Mouse King

based on E.T.A. Hoffmann, with music by Peter Tchaikovsky
puppet theatre for 8 year olds and older | Duration: 55 minutes
Director: Christian Georg Fuchs
Stage design and costumes: Mila van Daag
Marionettes: Peter Lutz
Stage decoration and objects: Studio Theater Waidspeicher
Cast: Karoline Vogel, Tomas Mielentz
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikowsky: The Nutcracker. Ballet in two acts, Op. 71. Russian National Orchestra. Mikhail Pletnev. 2011 Ondine Oy, Helsinki.

The fantastic story of the Nutcracker who defeats the Mouse King

On Christmas Eve, Marie finds a special present under the Christmas tree. A nutcracker that comes to life in the night and protects Marie from the evil seven-headed Mouse King. But no one believes the girl's nocturnal experiences, except for the godfather Drosselmeier, who knows the secret of the Nutcracker and how to redeem him.
Hoffmann's famous, more than 200-year-old fantastic tale about nocturnal adventures, living toys, dramatic fights and a journey into the wondrous realm of dolls is told with ballet music by Peter Tchaikovsky.

The Day my Father became a Bush

by Joke van Leeuwen | translated into German by Hanni Ehlers
puppet theatre for 8 year olds and older | duration: 60 minutes
Director: Susanne Koschig
Set design: Kathrin Sellin

Solo-performer: Kathrin Blüchert

The long journey of a courageous young girl fleeing from war

Toda is in fact not called Toda. Her real name is very long and contains the letter ‘K’ four times, but where she now lives nobody can pronounce her actual name. Toda tells the story of her escape. There is a war in the country that she comes from – “one lot are fighting against the other lot”. Toda’s father gets conscripted and learns how to become a bush in order to camouflage himself. For a short time the grand-mother looks after the young girl until where they live becomes too dangerous. Toda should cross the border to the neighbouring country where her mother has been living for several years. During her journey to safety Toda has many different adventures and along the way meets various people: money-grubbing people-smugglers, children who should give their toys away, a friendly commander who is unable to command.
This solo performance looks at war and refugees from the perspective of a child. The audience sit on the stage so that they become an active part of the story.

The show was invited to the 14th German Theatre for Young Audience Festival AUGENBLICK MAL! 2017 in Berlin.

Performance rights: Verlag für Kindertheater Weitendorf, Hamburg

Pinocchio

based on Carlo Collodi | adapted for the stage by Frank Alexander Engel
puppet theatre for 8 year olds and older | duration: 65 minutes
Director: Frank Alexander Engel
Stage design, costumes and puppets: Kerstin Schmidt and Frank Alexander Engel
Music and sound: Sebastian Herzfeld

Cast: Heinrich Bennke, Tomas Mielentz

The adventures of the famous wooden puppet in the conflict between duty and disposition

The woodcarver Geppetto creates a puppet from a piece of wood – it is to be his son Pinocchio. However Pinocchio does not stay at home with his father, but runs away. Disregarding all warnings and full of curiosity and hunger for life, he hurls himself at the temptations of the wide world. For isn’t it much more exciting to go to the puppet theatre, than to sit around at school? Without knowing the world, Pinocchio becomes a plaything between good and evil. He falls for false promises and becomes entangled in tall tales. After his many adventures, will he finally succeed in becoming a real boy?

The realization of this production is supported by the Sparkassenstiftung Erfurt.

Heart of Stone

by Wilhelm Hauff | adapted for the stage by Frank Alexander Engel
puppet theatre for 10 year olds and older | duration: 80 minutes
Director: Frank Alexander Engel
Stage design, puppets and costumes: Kerstin Schmidt and Frank Alexander Engel
Music and sound: Nis Søgaard

Cast: Kathrin Blüchert, Kristine Stahl, Heinrich Bennke, Paul Günther, Tomas Mielentz

What is better: wealth or reason?

The young charcoal maker Peter Munk is dissatisfied with his badly paid, low esteemed work. He dreams of being rich and respected. Two spirits in the Black Forest could fulfil his wishes. But at what cost? The friendly glass man helps him to gain riches and respect, but without the necessary common sense Peter eventually loses everything. So all he can do is go to the demonic Dutch-Michael. But in return he demands Peter’s heart of flesh and blood. Dutch-Michael exchanges this for a heart of stone and promises Peter: "Neither fear nor fright, neither stupid sympathy nor sorrow can move such a heart". Peter now has to decide what is essential for him in his life …

The realization of this production was supported by the Sparkassenstiftung Erfurt.

Krabat

by Otfried Preußler | adapted for the stage by Susanne Koschig and Matthias Thieme
puppet theatre for 12 year olds and older | Duration: 75 minutes
Director: Matthias Thieme
Stage and puppets: Martin Gobsch
Ravens: Nadine Wottke
Costumes: Coco Ruch
Music and sound: Andres Böhmer
Cast: Juliane Solvång, Heinrich Bennke, Paul Günther, Tomas Mielentz

Black magic clashes with the power of love

The orphan Krabat gets a job as a miller’s assistant at the mill in Schwarzkollm. Here the master teaches the miller’s trade to him as well as the other apprentices – and additionally they learn the art of black magic. The price of the magic power and living in the mill is high. The mill is under a curse. Sacrifices must be made. At the end of each year one of the boys must die. Krabat decides to stand in the master’s way. But for that he needs the help of a courageous young girl. To save Krabat and to break the curse of the mill, the girl must be prepared to face a life-and-death ordeal.

The realization of this production was supported by the Sparkassenstiftung Erfurt and Ingenieurbüro Susann Schwarzenau.

Performance rights: Verlag für Kindertheater Weitendorf, Hamburg

Atlas of Remote Islands

by Judith Schalansky
puppet theatre for 14 year olds and older | duration: 75 minutes
Director: Christian Georg Fuchs
Media stage design: Raphael Köhler and Christian Scheibe / NIVRE Film & Studio GmbH
Puppets: Peter Lutz
Puppet costumes: Gisa Kuhn

Cast: Heinrich Bennke, Paul Günther, Maurice Voß

A journey of exploration to far off places

Thanks to Google maps and photos of the world from outer space, there is nowhere on earth that we cannot picture. Using electronic eyes, we can see almost every island. However, are we really there? Judith Schalansky dedicated her multi-award-winning book to the discovery of the world through maps. She put together reports and stories about faraway islands all over the world, “Islands I have never been to and will never visit”.

In a theatrical journey we travel to twelve of these islands, to far off sites and settings of history and stories. Twelve mini dramas present twelve strange, comical and unusual stories about far-off people and rare animals: a treasure hunter, a bird watcher, a Morna singer, the French emperor Napoleon, a polar explorer, a feminist aviation pioneer, an extinct sea cow.

The realization of this production was supported by Ingenieurbüro Susann Schwarzenau.

Performance rights: Copyright © 2009 by mareverlag, Hamburg

Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow

based on the novel by Peter Høeg | German stage adaptation by Andreas Harwath
puppet theatre for 16 year olds and older | Duration: 85 minutes
Director: Frank Alexander Engel
Stage design, costumes and puppets: Kerstin Schmidt and Frank Alexander Engel
Music and sound: Sebastian Herzfeld
Cast: Karoline Vogel, Kathrin Blüchert, Paul Günther, Tomas Mielentz, Maurice Voß

The story of a headstrong woman in search of the truth

A young boy falls from the roof of an apartment building in Copenhagen. For the authorities it is an accident, but for Smilla Jaspersen, a scientist who was friends with the boy, the tracks in the snow tell a different story. Like him, Smilla comes from Greenland and has a special feeling for snow and ice. In her search for the boy's murderer, Miss Smilla is confronted with questions about her identity and her own role within a world that is foreign to her.
Peter Høeg's bestseller tells the gripping story of a headstrong woman in search of the truth in a world where the economic exploitation of nature has long since followed its own laws without regard for losses.

Performing rights: Drei Masken Verlag GmbH München (www.dreimaskenverlag.de)
The novel FRÄULEIN SMILLAS GESPÜR FÜR SCHNEE by Peter Hoeg, translated by Monika Wesemann, has been published by Carl Hanser Verlag, Munich.

The Master and Margarita

by Mikhail Bulgakow
translated into German by Thomas Reschke | stage adaptation by Frank Alexander Engel
drama with puppets for 16 year olds and older | duration: 150 minutes (including break)
Director: Frank Alexander Engel
Stage design and puppets: Kerstin Schmidt and Frank Alexander Engel
Music and sound: Christian Claas

Cast: Kathrin Blüchert, Karoline Vogel, Paul Günther, Tomas Mielentz, Martin Vogel

The Devil is on the loose in Moscow

Mikhail Bulgakow spent twelve years writing his masterpiece, which could only be published after severe censorship in 1966/67. Since then it has enjoyed cult status far beyond Russia’s borders. The Devil personally appears with his assistants and causes chaos in Stalin’s Moscow of the 1930’s. A talking cat rides a tram, bank notes and people disappear in the variety theatre, the chairman of the literary club is missing. An author writes a story about Pontius Pilate and meets the love of his life, Margarita, who becomes a witch and flies over Moscow. Good and evil, God and the Devil, life and death all clash with each other in this Faustian story.

Performance rights: henschel SCHAUSPIEL Theaterverlag Berlin GmbH

The Variety of Puppet Theatre

Idea: Susanne Koschig | for 5 year olds and older | duration: 60 minutes
With: Susanne Koschig, Katharina Patzelt and Andreas Herrlich


Hand puppets, marionettes, glove puppets, stick puppets, directly manipulated quadrupeds, table figures and Bunraku puppets

We show how hands become figures and things come to life; we present puppets and playing techniques, which can be tried out afterwards. Numerous puppets from the collection of the Theater Waidspeicher that are looking forward to being on stage again, are present as well. The puppets are supported by our stage technicians, who are happy to show you how to create analogue and digital theatre effects: flashlights, thunder and storm, wind and fog.