Long Live the Festival!
The opening ceremony for the Fourth International Festival of Children and Youth Russian-speaking Theaters will take place on Friday May 31, 2014 at the Russian Embassy in Washington DC. On Saturday and Sunday, the American university “Greenburg Theater” will sponsor performances by young actors, from ages 4-5 to 21 years old. Seventeen different theatres are participating in this year’s festival. Drama schools from all over the United States, including Maryland, Virginia, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Texas, as well as two groups from Canada, will be featured at the festival.
“Each year at the festival, there are many people who want to give an address. Unfortunately, due to both physical and financial constraints, it is not possible to accept them all”, commented Svetlana Sokolova, the founder and coordinator of the festival during her interview to RIA Novosti “In such financially and politically difficult times”, continued Svetlana, referring to activities such as the large-scale children’s theatrical event in the United States, “It is important that children of different nationalities and ethnicities come together in order to share their common interests”.
This year, some young Russian actors have not been able to receive visas in the United States, so they will not be able to step out onto the American stage. However, representatives from four children’s theaters have arrived from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, and Troisk and they will be present at our festival.
The professional jury and its chairman, actor and TV host Oleg Golub, will evaluate the results of the festival and nominate winners for ten different categories. Festival participants will compete for nominations for: best director’s work, best choreography, best male and female leads, best supporting roles, best scenario, best music, and best vocals. The Grand Prix of the competition will win the nomination for best performance. According to the jury chairman, each performance will be analyzed in detail and at a professional level, so as to show the leaders of the various theaters how to improve their work and skills.
Our festival would never have come to fruition without the dedicated support of our sponsors and volunteers. The general sponsors for this year’s festival are from Russia--“Russotrudnichestvo”, which is supported by the Russian Government Commission for Compatriots Living Abroad—and from the United States of America--American University’s Initiative for Russian Culture (IRC).
For the first time, festival sponsors have provided prizes for the winners. The “Greatest Perspective Theater” prize will be awarded by the Perspektiva Russian School and “Tyson’s Dental Associates” dental clinic. The Potomac Russian Academy and Alexander Bondarev, the author of the festival hymn, will nominate and award the prize "Classic Music Lovers." Doctor Khludenev from the “Comprehensive Primary Care” medical clinic continues to give unwavering support to the festival. There are new sponsors - manufacturers of children's educational games about jobs and personal finances "Earn and Learn Enterprises, LLC", a Citibank branch in McClean, VA, headed by its Vice President Emma Airapetova.
According to Anastasia Vorontsova, the chairwoman of the festival’s Organizing Committee, the festival is primarily, an expression and exercise of friendship. Each and every participant is a winner; on the way to the Festival, many of them may have experienced and overcome stage fright, misunderstanding, laziness, and unwillingness to learn their Russian lines—which are foreign to many of them. So let us join Anastasia and together say, “Long live the Festival!”