Romantic musical based on bestseller by Johanna Spyri
Swiss author Johanna Spyri (1827–1901) spent her childhood near the town of Chur in Graubünden, in a magical setting near Lake Constance, where the Rhine River flows freely and the Alps offer endless possibilities for breath-taking views. It is no wonder that this landscape inspired her to write her most famous work, which brought her worldwide success. The novel Heidis Lehr- und Wanderjahre was published in 1880 and in the Czech translation it is known to generations of children as Heidi, děvčátko z hor.
The story of the orphaned girl has been made into a film several times, most recently in 2015, and those who remember may also recall the 1974 animated Japanese series, but Heidi first appeared on screen in 1937 with Shirley Temple in the lead role. Little girl Heidi spends happy and contented childhood days with her friend Peter looking after a herd of goats, playing happily and enjoying the freedom of the Swiss Alps, where she lives in a simple log cabin with her grandfather. One day, however, Heidi is pulled away from her carefree happy moments by her aunt who sends her to keep a sick girl, Clara, from a wealthy family, company. The girls become friends immediately, but Heidi’s longing for her grandfather, Peter and the mountains is too great. In the musical that charmingly tells a kind story, a happy ending awaits all involved. Our theatre has prepared the production for performances in Austria, Switzerland and Germany (the premiere took place on 6 December 2019 in Vienna) and the musical by scriptwriter Hans Dieter Schreib and composer Michael Schanze has been a huge success everywhere. According to one of the enthusiastic reviews, “Heidi is making her mark in the hearts of the audience with her singing” and we can only wish that she will do so at the Music Theatre of the Brno City Theatre directed by Stanislav Moša.