When palace walls make themselves heard

Who does not know her: Loo, the almost 400-year-old palace of the House of Orange in the heart of Apeldoorn. But how well do you really know this diva with royal traits?

Loo is a dazzling music theater performance in which Marketing Manager Klamer and his assistant Alicia are in search of Loo's soul. They have big plans for the palace now that it has been completely renovated, refurbished and rebuilt. But Loo, played by soprano Laetitia Gerards, is an idiosyncratic lady who does not do anyone's dirty work. At least that's what she thinks, but then she doesn't know Klamer yet… As soon as Loo opens a palace door, Klamer and Alicia take a theatrical dive into her past. And this affects her own heart too. Nostalgia for days gone by, when majesties inhabited her, musicians performed in her concert hall, and she let her chandeliers shine during sumptuous dinners, makes Loo more candid and loose-lipped than one would expect from a royal palace. Does the 400-year-old lady Loo still have a future in 2022? Judge for yourself. 

Loo is as comical as it is dynamic music theater, in which one gets a theatrical tour behind the scenes of Loo. The setting in which all this happens is different than usual. The hall (Rabobankzaal) of Orpheus has been converted into an audience hall for this special occasion. While the spectator is served a majestic dinner to the sounds of composers such as Lully, Mozart and Offenbach, an exciting game between appearance and reality unfolds. There Loo, Klamer, Alicia together with an eight-member musical ensemble dust off Dutch history, almost forgotten stadholders, kings and queens present themselves, and bridges are built to the present.

Loo is Theater Orpheus' second production. These productions are based on regional stories that have a national appearance.

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Photo © Sven Scholten

Credits Cast & Crew

Prepublicity

De Stentor, Ingrid Willems,  April 22, 2021

In the performance I want to show the struggle of Palace Het Loo's right to exist.
[Palace] Het Loo is existing for almost four hundred years and I notice that in the west of the country where I live, hardly any attention is paid to it. While I think: Het Loo is such an important part of the Dutch identity. The Palace has grown with us for four hundred years and has gone through all the phases.

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 Video © Ingrid Willems/De Stentor

Apeldoorn Direct, David Levie,  April 22, 2021