Casper will Soldat werden

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Casper will Soldat werden

| Dans l'entre-deux-guerres | Sonneberg, Germany
Genre (as defined by the author)
Lustspiel
Characters
Casper, Seine Frau, Unteroffizier, Teufel
Number of acts
1
Note

This unsympathetic, brutal and vindictive Casper is closer to Pulcinella and Punch, if not to his Hamburg cousin, Kasper Putschenelle presented by Johannes E. Rabe, than to the nice Kasperle for children from pedagogical literature of the interwar period. The play was published anonymously in the sixth issue of Caspertheater by the publishers Gräbe and Hetzer in Sonneberg (no date given). The front cover cites the naive aesthetics of the peddler publications that ensured the circulation of popular puppet plays in the 19th century. A warning printed on the flap tells the audience that anyone who does not behave well during the performance will have to pay double and that unwashed spectators will be sent home. We have been warned.

Plot summary

Hero's insubordination challenges military hierarchy

After a prologue in which Casper announces, among other things, that he is going to cut off the ears of children who are not well-behaved, the performance begins. Casper announces that, out of boredom, he wants to become a soldier. He shows his insubordination towards the non-commissioned officer who undertakes to train him by beating him with sticks. The non-commissioned officer sends him to the devil, who arrives: Casper kills him. He returns to his wife, announcing that he will be a general. She hits him with a broom, takes his stick back and they fight.

Related works
Casper will Zauberer werdenDans l'entre-deux-guerres
Casper soll ins Gefängnis kommenDans l'entre-deux-guerres
Composition date
Dans l'entre-deux-guerres

Publications and translations

Publication

Caspertheater Nr. 6, Sonneberg, Gräbe & Hetzer, [s.d.]

Conservation place

Münchner Stadtmuseum - Munich, Germany
Language
German
Literary tones
Farce, Satirical, Ironic
Animations techniques
Glove-puppet
Audience
Young audiences
Licence
Auteur et date de publication inconnus

Key-words

Theatrical techniques

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Written by

Jean Boutan