Less than a month to go until the Fifth International Festival of Russian-speaking Children’s and Youth Theaters
Less than a month to go until the Fifth International Festival of Russian-speaking Children’s and Youth Theaters, which will take place from May 30 to June 1st, 2015 in Washington (DC). For the fifth time children’s drama studios and their leaders will gather together again, united by one theme.
More than 20 teams from 12 states in US and Canada will take part in the 5th festival. The number of participants will be double those that took part in the first festival in 2010. And hence, this year's festival will last five days instead of the usual three.
Spectators will get to meet heroes from fairy tales like Pinocchio, The Little Prince, The Princess and the Pea, and Snow Queen. Classical works will be represented by Chekhov's short stories, the opera Queen Esther, and the play April of ’45, commemorating 70 years since the end of the Second World War.
As part of the guest program of the Fifth International Theatre Festival, for the first time there will be a solo competition called "Planet of ART - Washington" in which children will compete in the following categories: Instrumental Music, Vocals, Fine Arts, Choreography, Theater. Winners will take part in the gala concert, which will begin with the performance of Take My Breath Away by Olga Kresin's ballet studio (Philadelphia, PA).
In addition to the theatrical performances, the program includes excursions, discos and master classes. A new workshop on "Implementing integrated lessons to teach Russian language to bilingual children through music and the performing arts" is planned.
Introductory letters to participants of the festival have been written by Sergey Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the US; Alexander Kalyagin, People's Artist of Russia, Chairman of the Theater Union of the Russian Federation; Lyudmila Drobich, Director of the International Festival Russian Word, Russian Soul (Paris, France), Elena Merzon, Director of Elabuga Institute of Kazan Federal University (Russia), and Ekaterina Kudryavtseva, Head of the BILIUM project at the Institute of Foreign Languages and Media Technologies under the University of Greifswald (Germany), an expert in "Russian as a foreign and native language, (natural bilingualism)."
We wish success and good luck to festival participants and to the audience and guests - a good mood and wonderful memories!
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