Book and Lyrics by Shaun McKenna
Music by Stephen Keeling
Creative Consultant John Havu
Based on an idea by Stefan Mens
Developed by The Development Team
In 2003, John Havu and Walter Hitz approached Shaun with Stefan Mens’s idea of entwining the famous children’s novel Heidi with the story of its creator, Johanna Spyri. Shaun and Stephen Keeling produced a show which opened for a summer season at an open air arena by the lakeside in Walenstadt, Switzerland in 2005.
Produced by TSW and directed by Stefan Huber, the premiere performance of Heidi received a fifteen minute standing ovation. It was revived the following year for a further sell out season. There was a new production in Dessau, Germany in 2006.
(Heidi, Teil 2)
Following the success of Heidi, TSW commissioned a sequel which played in Walenstadt equally successfully in 2008 and 2009 with the same leading players and again directed by Stefan Huber. This explored the second Heidi novel and Johanna's relationship with Conrad Meyer.
In 2008, TSW commissioned a third show – a prequel, telling the story of Heidi’s parents and the young Johanna’s first, disastrous, romantic adventures.
Top: Shaun with director Stefan Huber and producer Suzanne Steinbock.
Above left: Shaun, Stephen Keeling and John Havu - the ovation
Left: Patric Scott and Sabine Schadler