Nordic Cool 2013: Backa Teater, Sweden: Little King Mattias
What if an 11-year-old became king? Would he be so bold as to give his ministers the boot and transfer power to the children of his kingdom? He does when Sweden's Backa Teater tells the tale of Little King Mattias in its US premiere.
- Mar. 9 - 10, 2013
- Family Theater
- 90 minutes
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Sweden's Backa Teater
What if an 11-year-old became king? Would he be so bold as to give his ministers the boot and transfer power to the children of his kingdom? He does when Sweden's Backa Teater tells the tale of Little King Mattias for the first time in the United States. When his dad dies suddenly, young Mattias takes the throne and begins to explore the world beyond his palace's golden walls. When he learns that his ministers have misled him with lie after lie, they are dismissed and kids are given control. And taking a lead from Mattias, the Backa Teater turns over the reins of the show to the kids in the audience! Based on the international 1923 children's classic of the same name, this Little King Mattias is inventive theater for young audiences that lets its audience in on the fun. For age 10 and up.
Part of Nordic Cool 2013.
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This presentation is supported by the Swedish Arts Council and the Nordic Culture Fund.
Nordic Cool 2013 is presented in cooperation with
and Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden.
The Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Marilyn Carlson Nelson, and Barbro Osher
Major support is provided by the Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter,
Mrs. Marilyn Carlson Nelson and Dr. Glen Nelson, the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation,
David M. Rubenstein, and the State Plaza Hotel.
International Programming at the Kennedy Center is made possible through the generosity of the
Kennedy Center International Committee on the Arts.
Performances for Young Audiences is made possible by
Additional support for Performances for Young Audiences is provided in part by
The Clark Charitable Foundation; Mr. James V. Kimsey; The Macy*s Foundation;
The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.; The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation;
the Park Foundation, Inc.; the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation;
an endowment from the Ryna and Melvin Cohen Family Foundation; the U.S. Department of Education;
the Verizon Foundation; Washington Gas; and by generous contributors to the Abe Fortas Memorial Fund, and by a major gift to the fund from the late Carolyn E. Agger, widow of
Major support for the Kennedy Center's educational programs is provided by
David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program.