Then I’ll tell your fortune,’ Sniff persisted. ‘Perhaps you’ve got one of those lucky stars shining on you.
How the Moomins entered the theatre stage
News has reached us that the first Moomin ballet will premiere in Finland in March of 2015. But it’s not the first time Moomin has been featured on stage, far from it. Here’s the story of Moomin and the theatre, a piece originally posted in Finnish in two parts.
Mumintrollet och kometen (Comet in Moominland) was the first Moomin play. The play premiered in 1949 at Svenska Teatern in Helsinki. Tove Jansson wrote the script for the play and Vivica Bandler directed it. The play was based on the book that had been published a few years before the play, Comet in Moominland.
Tove Jansson got in touch with the theatre in the 1940s through her friend and lover at the time, director and actor Vivica Bandler. Vivica came up with the idea of making a play about the Moomins, and in 1948 Tove started working on the script for the first play.
It took one year before the play had its premiere. Svenska Teatern stalled because of various reasons, and the play met resistance for example for being too “bizarre”. Besides the script Tove Jansson was also responsible for the costumes and the set.
The play finally premiered in late December 1949, and it got a lot of positive feedback.
That was the first time Moomin stood on stage, although it would not be the last. The Moomins would return a decade later in the play based on the book Moominsummer Madness.
The second Moomin play, Troll i kulisserna (Moominsummer Madness), by Tove Jansson, is the most well known of the plays. It’s based on the book, Moominsummer Madness. In the play Moomintroll and his family are taken to the world of the theater, featuring characters like the stage rat Emma, Fillyjonk and Little My.
This play was significant in others ways as well, as it gave Tove Jansson the opportunity to make Moomin music. She and composer Erna Tauro started cooperating, and this would lead to them working together for decades.
The play was also popular in Sweden where it was shown in different theatres. The Swedish used in the play got a nickname, “muminsvenska” (Moomin Swedish), because in the first play in Sweden the actors were Swedish speaking Finns, with a different kind of accent.
For if you’re not afraid how can you be really brave?
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Here are some of the original book covers for Tove Jansson’s classic books:
I saw it first!’ squeaked Sniff, ‘I must choose a name for it. Wouldn’t it be fun to call it Sniff? That’s so short and sweet.
So they sat in a row on the beach, very close to one another, and Sniff sat in the middle because he thought it was safest.
We’re alike, you and I,’ he thought. ‘We understand each other, we only care about beautiful things.
Darned rope!” Moomintroll said angrily.
Sniff was shocked. “Oh!” he gasped, “you swore!