Not only the forest can burn after extreme heat and drought. There are also many “fire hazard situations” in everyday life. Anyone who knows how best to act wisely and save the situation in case of emergency, or even better, be careful not to let it show up in the first place, has a clear advantage. With the musical “Marco and Fire”, the tour of the Schwetzingen Opera House introduced pupils to the primary school in Kerweiler on fire protection.
School Principal Petra Matas commends students from grade 1 to grade 4 for their attention. Children receive a mixture of singing, acting, personal contact and sharing. “I will call 112, tell who, what, how and where, this is the fire brigade,” the actors sing, summarizing what needs to be done in an emergency before “extinguish, save, recover, protect” is possible.
Triple acting in focus
Three friends Lucy (Valerie Wilhelm), Marco (Alicia Funken) and Philip (Emmanuel Mitch) show how quickly situations spiral out of control. Their motto is “One for all, all for one”. Philip in particular is a daring person who loves to experiment and release things, while Lucy is the cautious and dependent Marco who often follows Philip’s ideas behind Lucy’s back. The fact that the fire is attractive is confirmed by primary school children, who loudly call out the actors in their many roles as children and adults, as well as the characters of good and bad dreams Angelina and Jack, only to “secretly” light the match on the stage.
Situations that could lead to a fire are represented and sung. Parents are also challenged and taken responsibility. For example, the food is forgotten on the stove and the iron on the shirt, which leads to a fire alarm and cries of warning from young spectators. Children and adults like teachers or Rolf Metzger, the mayor of the community, learn that you never have to pour water into burning oil, but put out the flames in a frying pan with a lid or a fire blanket. Water works well with burning paper, but electrolyte should be avoided. W: You must not leave the fire unattended.
The climax of the action approaches when Philip and Marco decide to risk a campfire alone in the woods at night. The “Children of Fire” from school classes dance around the stove, and the “Fire” dances in circles that are constantly expanding and visually striking higher. Can Marco and Philip control this situation again? But true to the mantra of “one for all, all for one,” Lucy and Kirrweiler’s Volunteer Fire Brigade Youth Superintendent Jannik Sturm, Lucy, concluded with a powerful “water march” before the terrified authors quickly showed remorse.
Applause for the windy fire prevention project. Then questions can be asked. Numerous toes come off boys and girls. The nature of the questions shows that there are regular educational classes on fire safety in the school. Sturm provides answers to questions, for example about the speed of troops, which can be on site in five to eight minutes. Explains when to put out a fire and why smoke is toxic.
After sitting for a long time in the elementary school gymnasium, the children ran to the schoolyard, where other firefighters from the Kirrweiler volunteer fire department are already waiting. Driver and machine operator Günter Herdel is at no time surrounded by enthusiastic and curious people who want to get acquainted with the central fire engine and crew vehicle and have the functions of tank, hoses, trimmer and lighting.
In the show house, reminiscent of a large dollhouse, military leader Daniel Beck shows the dangerous paths smoke and fire can take if you open windows and doors without thinking. It reminds you that it’s best to identify yourself out loud at the window after you either call the fire brigade yourself or the neighbors do it. A distinctive feature of boys and girls is spray target on towers, from the top of which individual balls are sprayed, which firefighter Marcel Koontz collects for the next round as quickly and patiently as possible.