Pippi makes an entrance on Junibacken

By on June 6, 2018
Ulf Huett

In the performance Pippi moves in, the audience can experience the first meeting between Pippi, Tommy and Annika, a meeting that will change them forever. Two siblings from a safe core family meet a single and newly moved girl without parents. For the first time, the Juniback has recruited its own children’s ensemble. Of 200 applicants, the 12 children between 10 and 13 years now repeat the task of playing the Pippi show for big and small visitors during the summer. Opening weekend is 6 to 10 June.

The performance is based on Astrid Lindgren’s very first story about Pippi Longstocking. The story came to 1941 when Astrid’s seven-year-old Karin was ill in pneumonia and asked her mother to tell her about Pippi Longstocking. It was adopted a few years later by the publisher Rabén & Sjögren and published in 1945.

– Our set will give the audience a whole new opportunity to meet together and meet a well-known, well-groomed and very strong girl. Of course, Pippi is so much more than an eccentric figure in strong colors. She is Astrid Lindgren’s fiction, a gift to her daughter Karin and to all other children, actually to all those who once had a child, says Mikael Kallin, Artistic Director and Director at Junibacken.

– It is the contrasts of the first meeting, when two worlds meet – Tommys and Annika’s traditional life situation against the unconventional and free of Pippi – which we want to figure out. And as soon as you put Pippi on a scene, things happen beyond the expected wild wonderful things, says Mikael Kallin.

For the first time, Juniback has recruited a children’s ensemble. The interest was great and a weekend in April, the Juniback artistic team met all the around 200 children who applied for audition. Twelve of these have been assigned the task of playing Pippi, Tommy and Annika until the end of August.

– We are both proud and happy for the great interest. In addition to stage and singing, our ensemble has a lot of Pippi in itself – courage, strength, kindness and a lot of adventure, says Mikael Kallin.

The idea of Junibacken at Djurgården also began with Astrid Lindgren. When she first explained the project, she thought it was wise and good, but any “Astrid Lindgren-house” she would not know about. A place where other children’s writers and illustrators could also be highlighted and inspired, however, went well. And so it got to be.

– With Pippi moved in Villa Villekulla again, our and Astrid Lindgren’s shared story continues. We are building and will continue to develop Junibacken to allow more children to meet both Astrid’s and other writers’ stories and bring their reading interest home, says Björn Edlund, CEO Junibacken.

The performance is played at 11:30, at 13:30 and at 15:00.

Helena Olofsson, Entertainment | Stockholm