Long Live the Festival!
That ended - the Fourth International Festival of Russian-Speaking Children's and Youth Theaters is over. A tale ended, soffits are extinguished, artists went home ...
From May 30th to June 1st of 2014, Washington DC residents and visitors were given the unique opportunity to dive into the fascinating world of theater art, a world in which at one stage were the best Russian-speaking theater groups of the United States and Canada. At the opening ceremony at the Russian Embassy in Washington, the main organizer of the festival, president of the American Association of Russian language, culture and education ( www.aarce.org ) Svetlana Sokolova, addressing the participants said:
"You have come to the theater. And this theater you have had created. You, whose names can be found in the proposed program. Technicians, administrators, make-up artists, costumers, actors - all of you will be met by the applause, everyone - personally. Those who came to watch today, will come on stage tomorrow, and after all to hear with bated breath at the end: "Today's show was prepared and played by ... "
And then everything started. It began with a fairy tale on the stage of the Russian Embassy when beautiful fairy and her assistants, elves of the backstage, solemnly dressed up the jury into their gowns. declared the festival opening. And then the action moved to the stage of the American University's Greenberg Theatre in Washington, DC. Sixteen participating teams led by their talented mentors launched a colorful performance, giving the audience a lot of unforgettable impressions and positive emotions. Performances were from morning till evening. There were also musical performances, and all versions of famous plays - for example, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," "Aladdin's Magic Lamp," "The Ugly Duckling," "The Tale of Lost Time," and staging of their own plays.
As a result, after nearly two hours of deliberation "strict but fair", in the words of Jury President Oleg Golub, juries have awarded the following awards:
Grand Prix - the play "Mukha-Tsokotukha" SOLO Theater, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
The General Sponsors for this year’s festival are:
For the first time, festival sponsors have provided prizes for the winners:
Doctor Konstantin Khludenev from the Comprehensive Primary Care (www.comprehensiveprimarycare.com), Academic center for Russian Language and Culture "Metaphor" (www.metaphorschool.com), and Sokolov Photography (www.sokolovphotography.com) continue to give unwavering support to the festival.
There are new sponsors:
Sponsors of the festival presented their gifts:
- From the National collective of the Puppet Theater-studio "Balaganchik", Troitsk, Moscow, Russia (Troitsk. Moscow, Russia) - Costumes of the Princess-Nesmeyana and Alyosha Popovich characters.
The Organizing Committee thanks media partners for detailed coverage of the festival in 2014 and hopes for further cooperation:
As Anastasia Vorontsova, the chairwoman of the festival’s Organizing Committee, said in her address during the opening ceremony:
"The festival - is primarily friendship. And today I want to congratulate all of you, because you all - teachers, directors, young actors, costume designers, parents, - the winners! Yes - the winners! Because on the way to the festival, many of you have overcome misunderstanding, stage fright, laziness and unwillingness to learn texts in a foreign to many of you language ... "
So let us join Anastasia and together say - “Long live the Festival!”
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