The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Krabat is a young wizard apprenticed to the Master of the Black Mill. He falls under the spell of his master’s devilish arts. Transformed into a raven, he soars high above the cornfields. It is a wonderful feeling, but the pleasure is short-lived. The discovery of a gruesome secret forces Krabat to flee. But there is no way out – until he hears the sound of a little girl singing and acquires a strength that is stronger than black magic.

A gripping and imaginative musical theatre production about good and evil, purity, friendship and love, in which musicians, performers and puppets bring the magical world of the black mill to life. Based on the classic children’s book Krabat – Master of the Black Mill by Otfried Preussler.

With brand new music inspired by the ancient choral traditions of Slovenia from composer Leonard Evers, evocative puppets by Slovenian artist Silvan Omerzu, a script by Marcel Roijaards and direction by Ulrike Quade.

A family performance for everybody from 7 years and older.

,,The faces are skillfully drawn, mysterious and big-eyed. The puppeteers (….) sing the beautiful yet mysterious compositions by Leonard Evers. Slowly but surely, Krabat realizes that he is ending up in the school of black magic. That discovery ensures some thrilling scenes..’’

★★★ Theaterkrant (Kester Freriks)

,,The craftsmanship of this show is of a very high level. The metamorphosis of boys into ravens is beautifully staged with leather masks and flying arms.’’

★★★ Volkskrant (Annette Embrechts)


Performers and musicians: Niels Kuiters (performer), Sterre Konijn (singer/performer), Paméla Menzo (performer), Bart de Kater (bassclarinet/performer), Niek KleinJan (percussion/performer), Peter Drost (stem van de Meester)

Concept/director: Ulrike Quade
Music: Leonard Evers
Text: Marcel Roijaards
Puppet and scenery design: Silvan Omerzu
Light design: Floriaan Ganzevoort
Video: Mark Thewessen
Costume design: Jacqueline Steijlen
Assistant director: Anna Verduin/Anne van Dorp
Advice: Sanne van Rijn
Puppet technology: Žiga Lebar
Scenery construction and puppet making: Žiga Lebar, Silvan Omerzu, Sandra Birjukov, Jernej Remše, Quirijn Smits
Technicians: Niels Runderkamp & Richard Bron

Krabat – Master of the Black Mill is an international coproduction with Oorkaan, the Ljubljana Puppet Theatre (Slovenië) and KONJ (Ljubljana).

Made possible with by contributions by the Performing Arts Fund NL & Municipality of Amsterdam

All percussion instruments supplied and developed by Adams Concertslagwerk

At The International Theatre Festival Stara Zagora in Bulgaria composer Leonard Evers was awarded with the prize for best music in the performance.