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Leonard Evers (*1985)
Musical theatre by Leonard Evers for audiences aged 5 and older
Libretto by Flora Verbrugge, after the Brothers Grimm; German translation by Barbara Burri
First performed on 30th September, 2012, at the Theatre Sonnevanck, Enschede
Premiered at the Tischlerei on 5th December, 2014
Jacob lives with his parents on the coast. ‘Lives’ is hardly the word for it; they’re so poor they don’t have a house, not even shoes. Yet they’re happy. One day Jacob goes fishing with his father and catches a huge fish. The fish promises to grant Jacob anything he wishes as long as Jacob lets him go. After pondering on what he could wish for, Jacob hits on shoes. And lo and behold, he gets a lovely pair of shoes! Trouble is, his parents would quite like some shoes, too. And a house …or a villa. Or maybe a castle. Every day they send Jacob back to the fish and the fish makes all their wishes come true. But Jacob feels bad because the fish is meanwhile growing thinner and thinner. And he and his parents are not getting any happier…
GOLD uses music and humour to explore the thin line between justifiable wishes and unbridled greed. Yet what is happiness exactly? In any case, the work ends with Jacob as happy as can be. GOLD is sung, narrated and acted out by a female singer and a male drummer.
The piece is directed by Annechien Koerselman, who is known for her original and music-oriented productions for young audiences. Following her success with the children’s opera CAN YOU WHISTLE, JOHANNA in the 2013-2014 season, the winner of the 2012 “Junge Ohren” Award returns to the Tischlerei in the Deutsche Oper Berlin with her production of GOLD.