2023 Author: Leah Sherlock | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 12:28
Russia is famous for its long theatrical traditions and talents. Every major Russian city has its own wonderful theaters, favorite actors and performances. But it is difficult to deny that the main theatrical life of the country is concentrated in the capital. Famous Moscow theaters every season attract thousands of spectators from all over the country to their performances. Tickets for premieres are sold out long before performances. But the capital's temples of art take care not only of adult theater-goers, but also of small spectators. There is always something for kids to watch during theater season.
Moscow theaters for children
More than a hundred Moscow theaters regularly put on performances for children on their stages. Almost all reputable adult theater venues have children's productions in their repertoire.
But their work is designed mainly for middle-aged and older children. Children are engaged in special children's theaters. More than 20 children's theaters operate in Moscow, which annually delight children with interesting and unusual performances. Children can watch unusual animal performances in"The Theater of Cats Yuri Kuklachev" or "Grandfather Durov's Corner", visit the magical "Shadow Theater" or watch how the puppeteers operate large puppets in the "Puppet Theater". In general, puppet theaters occupy the largest place among children's theatrical institutions for the smallest. This is probably due to the fact that children are very fond of playing with dolls and perceive such performances with particular joy.
Features of performances for the little ones
Of course, children's performances are very different from "adult" art. Especially performances for the smallest spectators. They are usually short (40-45 minutes), because the kids are full of energy, it is difficult for them to stay in one place for a long time and follow what is happening on stage.
Stagings are usually simple, understandable, filled with emotions, laughter, music, dancing and always have a happy ending. The costumes of the heroes are always bright and colorful, and the heroes themselves have clearly defined characters: it is immediately clear where the villain is and where the positive character is. Children are happy to perceive cheerful music, bright colors, funny scenes, completely immersing themselves in the action taking place on the stage. The main thing is that children's performances are fairy tales with the obligatory victory of good over evil and a happy ending. Puppet theaters are the most prominent example of such performances.
Interactive Nursery Rhymes: Conversation with the Viewer
Children's puppet theater "Poteshki" is a creative union of talented directors, artists and actors who are always active in their performancescommunicate with a small viewer. Not only communicate, but also involve in action. Interactivity is a feature of the Poteshki Theatre. In addition to artists, artists, directors and choreographers, the theater employs a full-time child psychologist. This is unusual and important, as theater actors want not only to entertain their little audience, but also to help them develop emotional intelligence, the ability to see and perceive beauty. In performances, communication with the audience is included in every stage of the performance.
Before the performance, the actors play with the children, trying to get to know each other better, so that later on the stage the kids perceive the characters as good friends. During the performance, the children actively communicate with the main characters, suggest them the right actions, warn them against dangers, and help them overcome difficult situations. Children, unlike adults, perceive the world around them literally. And a theatrical performance for them is real life, only magical. It is a pleasure to watch how sincerely and directly the kids laugh, are surprised, frightened and rejoice at the performance.
Theatre actors: people and dolls
The Puppet Theater "Poteshki" is run by director Ekaterina Fedotova and artistic director Dmitry Kondratiev. Ekaterina believes that doing good deeds for children is “a responsible and noble cause.” In addition to working in the theater, Ekaterina Fedotova, an actress by profession, is engaged in the selection of actors in the cinema, professionally organizes and conducts festive events. Deputy director and artistic director of the theaterDolls "Poteshki" Dmitry Kondratiev is sure that it is necessary to talk with children on an equal footing and with the utmost honesty, only then the child begins to trust an adult.
Young and talented actors, artists, musicians and choreographers work in the theater. Almost everyone leads an active creative life outside the walls of the Poteshki Theater in Moscow. For example, actress Liana Katamadze participates in projects at the Gogol Center, and musician Alena Dolbik is a soloist in the Ki? Tua! and Bigudi. No less interesting than human actors are puppet actors. They are bright, lively, with their own characters and stories. The artists of the "Poteshki" theater on "Kurskaya" treat their creations with love and awe. They talk about the long and difficult path of creating a play doll from idea to result. Therefore, when dolls come to life in the hands of people, a miracle happens.
Mission of "Poteshek" - preparing children for "adult" art
The Poteshki Theater is not only engaged in the program of cultural development of the younger generation, but also prepares children for the perception of dramatic art on the big stage. The performances of the theater are staged in such a way that only puppets take part in the first performances for the smallest, which the kids perceive naturally and easily. Then, in each successive production, one actor is introduced instead of the puppet, until the puppets are completely replaced by people. Thus, the theater enters the life of children gradually, starting with a simple fairy tale and a game. Classical theater becomes for children an integral part of everyday life, moral andemotional guide. Puppet Theater "Poteshki" (Moscow) considers its mission to prepare children for the perception of dramatic art.
The brightest performances of the theater of interactive communication "Poteshki" are designed for the audience of the youngest age. But each performance has its own style. For example, a performance based on the fairy tale "Teremok" was staged in a popular style with the use of folklore. "Swan Geese" teach older children obedience and mutual assistance, involving them in a magical stage process. Together with the actors, the kids sing, dance, and solve riddles.
Magnificent performance "Three Little Pigs" - a cheerful musical holiday for kids. Spectators actively help the pigs to hide from the wolf, worry and rejoice with them. Particularly bright puppets and decorations are involved in the performance. The charming hero of the play "Kitten" will not leave anyone indifferent. This kind fairy tale is designed not only for young viewers, but also for their parents. Other performances can also be seen at the Poteshki Puppet Theater in Moscow: the cheerful Kolobok, the musical The Wolf and the Seven Kids, and the adventurous Dobrynya Nikitich and the Gorynych Serpent.
Children are special audiences
Children love to go to the theatre. They love the festive atmosphere and the miracles that happen there. They perceive theater as part of reality. Theater for a child is a magical continuation of ordinary life. In childhood, emotions, impressions and feelings are very vivid, rich. And these emotions areshape the future adult.
In the "Poteshki" theater, kids in an easy playful way learn to distinguish bad from good, make friends and help friends, believe that good always triumphs over evil. Children interact with the characters of the performances as with real heroes, therefore, unlike adults, they so easily become participants in the performances themselves. Many actors and directors believe that staging children's performances is more difficult, because kids are trusting, grateful, but demanding spectators. Actors have no right to cheat.
The first performance in a child's life
A child can come to his first performance literally just recently born. For example, at the Poteshki Theater, performances are designed for kids aged one and over. Children's performance must meet certain requirements. Such, for example, is the play "The Three Little Pigs". Young children are by nature very energetic, restless, they have not yet learned to concentrate for a long time.
Therefore, the action of the performance is designed so that the children themselves actively participate in the fairy tale, move, dance and not lose interest. There are also special techniques for switching children's attention, bright colors are used in costumes and scenery. Play dolls themselves are made of soft materials, so playing with them is pleasant and safe for children. Cheerful music and soap bubbles at the beginning of the performance add to the joyful impressions of the holiday.
The interactive communication theater "Poteshki" often takes part in charity events, plays performances, the proceeds of which are directed to targeted charitable assistance. Of course, the children's theater cannot stay away from the holidays. First of all, these are Christmas trees and festive performances. For example, "Kolobok in search of the New Year" and "Letter to Santa Claus." However, the festive atmosphere always reigns in the theater. Before and after the performance, children will enjoy a fun face painting, a soap bubble show and a photo session with puppets and actors. It should be noted that these entertainments are provided in the theater for free.
Address and ticket prices
Children's interactive theater "Poteshki" operates on two sites. These are the Gaidarovets Palace of Culture at 27, Zemlyanoy Val Street, and the Theater Mansion at 23, Library Street. The ticket price is quite democratic - 500 rubles.
Reviews about the "Poteshki" theater are always positive, and often simply enthusiastic. Parents say that children leave the performances inspired, happy and remember and share their impressions about the performance they saw for a long time. Parents note the cozy atmosphere, excellent acting and very kind performances. Another important note: the actors know how to communicate with children, keep their attention and interest in what is happening. The time of the performances is calculated very correctly, the children do not get tired and participate in the performance until the very end. In everything one feels the knowledge of a child'spsychology, the ability and desire to make a truly interesting performance for children. The main thing is that you feel sincere love for your viewer.
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