These are the mothers of Ciske: Brigitte Nijman and Ellen Evers

Brigitte Nijman and Ellen Evers will play the mother roles in Ciske de Rat – the Musical. Ellen takes on the role of Mother Vrijmoeth, Ciske’s mother. Brigitte will appear in the role of Tante Jans, his stepmother. “We are very happy that Brigitte Nijman and Ellen Evers will be playing these striking women in this completely new version of this musical. With her beautiful voice, Brigitte is a dreamed Aunt Jans, and I am convinced that with her experience in many beautiful roles, craftsman Ellen Evers will create an impressive Mother Vrijmoeth. I look forward to seeing them on stage next to Danny de Munk! ”Said Albert Verlinde.

Brigitte: “The role of Tante Jans was definitely on my wish list! Ciske de Rat is such a beautiful, moving, and originally Dutch story that I really wanted to be part of the cast. Aunt Jans is a warm woman, and she has a special bond with Ciske. I am really looking forward to playing the part. ”

Ellen: “I think it’s great that I can play Mother Vrijmoth. She is quite a complicated lady, and she is far from me, but that makes it all the more fun to play the part. Moreover, Ciske de Rat is a real Amsterdam story, which makes it extra special for me as a born Amsterdam resident to be in this performance! ”.

Ciske de Rat – the Musical can be seen for four months from November 2016 in the DeLaMar Theater in the heart of Amsterdam and then tours the largest theaters in the Netherlands. It was previously announced that Danny de Munk would play the role of Cis de Man. Ticket sales for the performances in the DeLaMar Theater have now started.

Brigitte Nijman

Brigitte started her career in the theater group ‘Jeans’ and has appeared in various musicals such as The Sound of Music, Evita, Grease, Can you tell me the way to Hamelin, Grace, and Pietje Bell. She played the young Willeke Alberti in his jubilee show Gold and was heard as a soloist in theater concerts such as Musicals to the Max, Songfestival in Concert, and A Tribute to the Bee Gees. With Laura Vlasblom, she made her own theater performance Haar.

Ellen Evers

Ellen also started her career with ‘Jeans’ and then played roles in musicals like Cats, Miss Saigon, Chicago, 3 Musketeers, Mamma Mia! , Turks Fruit, Cabaret, The Full Monty, and The Sound Of Music. As a soloist, she has appeared in various theater programs, including Telkens Weer Het Dorp, Liedjes van Toon, The World Goes Round, and her solo programs Van Eva Tot Evers and Ellen, Finally Solo.

Ciske de Rat – the Musical

Ciske de Rat – the Musical is based on the trilogy of Piet Bakker and tells the famous story of the Amsterdam street cafe Ciske. In the musical, in addition to the filmed story of little Ciske, the story of the adult Cis de Man is also told.

Ciske de Rat is an original Dutch musical. The music was written by composer Henny Vrienten (Doe Maar). Script and lyrics are written by André Breeland, who, together with Maurice Wijnen, is also responsible for editing the trilogy. Paul Eenens, previously responsible for the original production, is developing a completely new direction. Daan Wijnands is responsible for the also new choreography.


Brigitte Nijman ‘Hysterical’ About Collaboration With Bos

(Novum) – Musical star Brigitte Nijman is ‘very happy’ that she can collaborate with composer Ruud Bos. “I became hysterical when I heard that Ruud Bos was going to compose and write all the songs for the musical ‘Pietje Bell,'” Nijman tells Novum News. Bos wrote the song ‘If you only knew’ for Nijman.

Ruud Bos previously composed the famous song ‘Every time again’ for Willeke Alberti. “That’s my favorite song. I asked Ruud if he wanted to write a second ‘Over and over again’ for me. Then he came up with ‘If you only knew,'” explains Brigitte. The song is used in the musical when the Rotterdam street cafe Pietje Bell is missing. “It is very often that you only miss something when it is no longer there, and that is what the song is about.”

Nijman, 35, started rehearsals of the musical last week. She plays the role of Martha Bell, Pietje’s older sister. “Martha is a very sweet girl. She is a teacher and the ideal daughter,” explains Brigitte. “Martha thinks she’s quite chic, but she can also enjoy her Rotterdam names now and then.” Nijman is himself born and bred Rotterdam resident. “I speak generally civilized Dutch like Martha, but when I am angry or at home, the accent quickly comes up.”

Nijman has not read all eight books about Pietje Bell and his friends Sproet and Peentje, ‘only the first book.’ “I wanted to have some information about Martha, about who she was, and what kind of family she comes from. And her relationship with her brother and her parents.” According to Nijman, the musical is a self-contained story, although it is based on the books of writer Chris van Abkoude.

Nijman, who broke through with leading roles in musicals like ‘Grease,’ ‘Evita,’ and ‘Hamelin,’ has little time for other activities besides her role of Martha Bell. “Now and then during the rehearsal period I do some gigs with the groups I am in, ‘Airforce’ and ‘Heidi und die heino’s’. But such a role is very intensive, and I will play this role seven sometimes eight times a week, “she explains. “Then I think earlier: ‘what time can I go to bed.'”

In addition to Nijman, Eric Beekes (Aunt Cato), Johnny Kraaijkamp, ​​Jr. (Jozef Geelman) and Kiki Classen (Mother Bell) also play a leading role in the musical. On October 19 ‘Pietje Bell’ will premiere in the Nieuwe Luxor Theater in Rotterdam.