A wiesentheide love story in the castle courtyard

A musical is a gift from the gymnasium for the 1100th anniversary of wiesentheid. The play with the title "eleonore", which shows the life of the young countess eleonore von hatzfeld, spatere schonborn, around the year 1694, was written by evi and gerd semle, two teachers of the school. It will be performed at the original location, namely in the courtyard of the schonborn castle. This thursday, 12. The premiere will take place on july, with two more screenings to follow.

Since this monday not only the stage is set up in the castle courtyard, in the days before the performance rehearsals will take place there. There is quite a lot going on, after all, almost 100 people are involved in the whole work, whether as actors, in the band or with the technology and all the trimmings. The participants range from sixth to eleventh grade. Being on stage is not entirely new for her.

Whether they already trace a little bit of limelight fever? No, that will probably come just before, when the audience is there, say the madels, who previously sang as a choir on stage. After all, they have already played theater in school. "Rather topical subjects, like a piece about refugees. But now open air, i.E. Under the stars, that’s really great, something completely different," say anna gotz and leni warta. They go to the younger performers from the music class.

The palace courtyard impresses them all. "I’m here for the first time, it’s a great setting! Knowing that they really lived here makes it even more exciting," says lilly barnhart. Almost all of them admit that they have learned more about the history of wiesentheid through the musical based on history.

Unlike the plays she has performed before, the language used by the young schoolgirls is particularly unusual. Musical author evi semle has tried to write the whole thing the way people spoke in the baroque era. "They have such complicated addresses, they speak the third person and so. And the words. They say ‘attractive,’ but it’s called ‘cool,’" says leni warta, noting the differences.

The language in the play was also a change for the two school theater experienced main actors emilie rehberger and marius losch (17). Especially as a nobleman you have to speak nobly, the text has to be right, you can’t improvise much, says losch. The 17-year-old will play count johann otto von dernbach, who first married the young eleonore, but then died a short time later.

Countess eleonore, alias emilie rehberger, has some passages in her role where she has to sing solo on stage. "That’s no problem, singing is always part of it," the 16-year-old has little respect for it. For them a special costume was made, also the other participants are dressed according to the historical example.

Evi semle, teacher of german and history at the wiesentheider gymnasium, has put the whole story of the musical into words. Among other things, a historical text about rudolf franz erwein von schonborn, who marries the young countess as his widow after dernbach’s death, served as a basis for the project. Not everything has been taken over verbatim, some scenes and characters have been added, "but the historical basis is correct," says the teacher. Her husband gerd was and is responsible for the musical part as a music teacher.

The musical contains a total of 17 scenes of text, plus the music. The whole thing came about when gerd semle was approached by wiesentheid’s mayor werner knaier about the school’s contribution to wiesentheid’s 1100th anniversary celebrations. Finally evi semle came across the story with grafin eleonore in the chronicle, which she liked. The whole thing offers "a lot of drama," according to the teacher.

In the story, the young countess eleonore is supposed to take a husband for her second marriage with whom she feels affection, and not just for a purpose, as at first. The students also liked it when semle presented it in the music theater elective. "There was a lot of emotion and identification with the 300 year old love story. The two of them get each other in the end, that’s what interested the young people," says evi semle.

Dressing up with the historical costumes did its part. The rehearsal week at the end of the school year is ideal, says the teacher. "A great experience. That’s when everything really grows together again."Also the technical equipment and most of the surrounding will be done by school students, the orchestra will play live next to the stage, so that almost 100 people will be in action.

The play will be performed on thursday and friday at 19.30 a.M., as well as on sunday at 10 a.M.30 o’clock in the castle courtyard. Admission is free.

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