Hardem. The real “musical” event was the premiere of the musical “Gotspiel” on Sunday. Written by Wilfried Roerig, highlighting the relationship with God in a thrilling story for young and old, the objectivity of the story was reflected on the audience: all generations were present in the palace square.
The starting point is a social game night, where not only the victory in the game is announced: Eva and Thomas are happy to announce to their friends Leo, Nina, Niklas and Sarah that they expect their “main prize” in the form of offspring in a few months. The little “gift of God” appeared in their lives at a time when they no longer expected it: “You do not invent God, you find him,” Thomas points out. Can you even find it in your child?
ups and downs
Matthias Gall (Thomas), Charlotte Walraven (Eva), Frank Brettenbach (Leo), Jutta Brettenbach (Nina), David van Eyck (Niklas), Ola Sejanek (Sarah and Anne), Clemens Kadora (Mr. Dold), Ursula Schmidt (Ms. Webber) ), Gabe Glogowski (Ms. Hermann), Klaus Glass (Mr. Duffy), Istvan Bechtold (Mr. Schwarz), Jutta Müller and Detlev Ernsts (Thomas’s parents), Vera Krupper (Ms. Ebling), Hana Bechtold, Annika Böhles, Vera Maria Breitenbach and Anna Schmidt, Franziska Schmidt, Tabea van Eck (dance), Loreen Fajgl (choreography), Detlev Ernstes (singing direction), Klaus Glas (director), Stefan Aull and Tim Breitenbach (sound and light technology), Clemens Kadura (artistic support), Jutta Diehl (make-up), Jutta Brettenbach (Prompter), Emil Walker (stage design), Nicholas Gatling (collections), Hans-Juergen Meyer (graphic design and design, tour management), Hans Werner Scharnowski (music coordination and production), Wilfried Röhrig (words). Music, Tours Management). employment
But life has its ups and downs: a new week has barely begun when Thomas finds himself in the office of his managing director. Mr. Dold commends Thomas’ productivity and experience for making him an offer: he can help the company grow even further on the front lines. But the price is high: he will have to get married at the weekend to take care of the plant, which is 200 km away. Thomas entered into a first (faith) crisis: “What is going on in God’s mind for us?” asks himself. Perhaps one catchy song has an answer ready: the thoughtful hymn “Sometimes God Speaks Softly” explains to the audience at Schlossplatz that God helps them “sometimes mysteriously, sometimes very privately.” After Thomas and Eva have just gotten through this blow, the next tragic message comes into their lives: their friend Leo, who is 50 and a father, has leukemia. But there are views: a bone marrow transplant can help Leo – provided a donor is found. Together with the parish council, Thomas has started a planning meeting where the Save Leo campaign is launched: after all, friends get together most when lifeguards are needed. But the project is not approved by everyone: Thomas also meets people who try to deprive him of any right to help – after all, only God, as a “magician”, decides life and death and makes the sick sick. Healthy again – or not. Contrary to all euphoria, the zero hour soon struck: despite finding a donor, Leo did not survive. Thomas and Eva are devastated, while a strange incident adds fuel to the fire: Thomas’ parents attended the funeral, but they didn’t like Leo and the happy, earthly “farewell party” who wished to be religious and not Catholic enough.
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This is where the conflict of generations arises, as we know it from everyday life: young people like Thomas and Eva want things to change, but the “olds” cling to traditional values and beliefs. To applause from the audience, the title champions denounced the pounds clergy are taking these days – including outrageous abuse by the clergy. But Thomas asks himself another question, especially in light of Leo’s death: “What if God is no longer kind?” A question that aptly analyzes the song “Karfreitag” – understandable, serious and profound.
Without realizing it, Thomas and Eva find themselves not only in a crisis of faith, but also in a serious marriage crisis – only to find themselves in Mrs. Ebling’s counseling room. Thomas feels restricted by Eva, his parents, and company.
He also questions the belief that his parents instilled in him: Is God a strict ruler and easy to get upset? Or is he a person who can be counted on and whose advice is always and anywhere? He puts his beliefs to the test – but in every crisis there is an opportunity for progress. When the little daughter is born, the two have long since returned to the right path.
Although Eva and Thomas sometimes wonder if God meant these ups and downs, in the end it’s all about accepting life’s challenges. This is how you get stronger and stronger – and experiences, no matter how tragic, enrich us in their own way. But you don’t always see it right away.
Objectively speaking, “God’s Play” was supposed to meet higher standards: 24 tasteful songs in the broad range of high-quality pop, tanson and ballads, sophisticated choreography, and attractively prepared – despite their presence in concentrated loads of life lines The drama is sometimes a bit exaggerated – a straight-out-of-the-box storyline and first-rate performances by theatrically experienced amateur actors turned the afternoon into great entertainment for the whole family. The deep subject matter is depicted in a way that is easy to understand through accurate and fresh dialogues.
Another remarkable achievement was the “support” of volunteers from the pastoral care unit at Hardheim-Höpfingen in Madonnenland: they made a significant contribution to the success of this extraordinary event.