Pupils of children's homes were the first to see "Cinderella” performed by the Sovremennik Theatre

09 April 2014

On 5th of April 2014, the day before the official premier, the Sovremennik theatre in Moscow put on a special performance of its new play Cinderella on its main stage. The performance was specially for children’s homes and residential schools in Moscow and the surrounding region.

For Sovremennik itself, it was also a momentous event: it has been more than thirty years since the last children’s play was staged at the theatre. A children’s play has been the long-time dream of the theatre’s Artistic Director, Galina Volchek, who entrusted this work to a young director called Ekaterina Polovtseva. Ms. Polovtseva told the well-known fairy tale in her own way, setting the story in a present day train station.

It was obvious from the moment the children entered the theatre foyer that the young audience was in for something special — a toy railroad, which had been installed there was a real hit among the young spectators!

The scenery of Cinderella was created by the director together with a famous artist, Vladimir Arefiev. The scenery was inspired by a children’s play area, with the intention that both children and adults could feel at ease.

The music was composed by a Kiev-based composer called Dmitri Shurov. He not only composed all the music but also wrote some of the lyrics to the songs performed live during the play.

Young actors performing the roles of older characters was another of the director’s ideas, because in a play area it doesn’t matter if the actors playing the king and his son, the prince, are almost the same age. What is important, according to the play’s creators, is to tell the story of Cinderella in such a way that viewers are not distracted by this creative decision. And so that everyone, regardless of age, leaves the theatre with a belief that miracles are possible.

The play officially premiered on April 6. This Sovremennik Theatre production was sponsored by the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation. The Foundation has been a general partner of the Theatre since 2013 and assists Sovremennik in numerous projects and undertakings.

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