Theatrical Plays From the ‘Golden Mask’ Regional Programme were Performed for Children in the Moscow, Kursk, and Belgorod Regions

12 December 2016

Performances were held between 18 November and 9 December 2016, as part of the traditional children’s New Year’s entertainment programme of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation. This year, the Golden Mask Festival participated as the partner of the programme. Young viewers from the Moscow, Kursk, and Belgorod regions were able to see plays performed by the St. Petersburg Puppet Doll’s House Theatre and the Novosibirsk Youth Academic Theatre Globus.

The St. Petersburg Puppet Doll’s House Theatre performed Cinderella in cities in the Moscow, Kursk, and Belgorod regions. The play was performed on 18 November in the Mytischi Children’s Home and Music School, on 21 November in Zvezdochka Preschool Centre for Child Development in Zheleznogorsk, on 22 November in the Novoandrosovo Children’s Home and the Verhniy Lyubazh Residential School, on 23 November in the Social Rehabilitation Centre for Minors in Gubkin, and on 24 November in the Stary Oskol Children’s Home.

The puppet play Cinderella won the Golden Mask National Theatre Award in the “Best Play” nomination in 2000. It is a musical pantomime and an adaptation of Charles Perrault’s fairy tale in the language of marionette puppet theatre, performed by 21 puppets and a single actress, Elina Ageeva, the laureate of the Golden Mask Award for “Best Actress in a Puppet Theatre.” The story is about fantastic transformations, magic and miracles, and true love.

“Children from social institutions are more receptive to the Cinderella play than other children because they also come from a difficult background. Their reaction is sometimes more powerful and emotional because they emotionally understand such things as injustice,” Elina Ageeva said of the performances.

The Novosibirsk Theatre Globus brought their rendition of the play Kashtanka to children in the Kursk and Belgorod regions. The play was performed on the stage of the Zheleznogorsk Centre of Culture and Technology on 3 and 4 December, on 6 and 7 December in the Forum Culture Centre in Gubkin, and on the stage of the Stary Oskol Centre of Culture and Art on 8 and 9 December.

Invitees to the performances included children from social institutions, as well as students from public schools and kindergartens in the region.

The children’s play Kashtanka, performed by the Novosibirsk Youth Academic Theatre Globus, is an adaptation of the eponymous work by Anton Chekhov and is directed by Yuriy Kataev. Kashtanka includes circus elements in its production, with wrestlers, gymnasts, clowns, and trained animals, including the goose Ivan, the pig Havronya Ivanovna, the cat Fedor Timofeich, and the dog Tyotka. The theatrical performance is accompanied by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Alfred Schnittke, Carl Maria von Weber, ethnic compositions, and captivating special effects, including falling snow and soap bubbles.

The partnership between the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation and the Golden Mask Theatre Festival led to a rich New Year’s programme of performances that allowed the children to immerse themselves into the art of the theatre.

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