Let us look back at Children’s Theatre Exchange: Ottawa meets Atlanta that happened in June 2015. So many beautiful things happened in the course of one week and those events will always stay in the hearts of each and every participant, whether they were children or adults.
In June 2015 two theatres met to participate in the new International project – Children’s Theatre Exchange: Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre (Ottawa, Canada) and Solo Theater (Atlanta, USA).
In the course of one week, children shared their original shows with each other and general public (this time in Russian), participated in acting workshops lead by professional theatre practitioners, participated in discussions at the round-table and theatre debates, wrote and published theatre reviews, and spent unforgettable days full of friendship and creativity.
The two shows were presented in Kailash Mital Theatre (Ottawa) in front of the numerous audiences.
“The Magic Paintbrush”, directed by Ekaterina Vetrov, OUK Theatre.
“The Flying Ship”, directed by Ivan Logvinov, Solo Theatre.
We are happy to share with you our childrens’ written thoughts and visuals that express their feelings about Exchange 2015.
Our Theatre Exchange is over and you might ask – what is left? Being just a couple of days away, I am still too emotional to talk rationally about all the specifics of the experience we all went through. But I am asking myself, why am I walking around all day today smiling and my heart is beating faster? I will be honest with you and myself: I’ve been studying and working in theatre for 20 years, but what has happened to us during this past week, was the most breathtaking experience of theatre I ever had. Why does it feel that way? I don’t know yet and I would need too many words to describe it. What I know for sure is that I deeply fell in love with theatre one more time!
– Ekaterina Vetrov, Artistic Director of Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre
I think this exchange was the greatest acting experience I’ve had, and so far one of my greatest life experiences. I know for a fact that any theater would love to take part in such a creative exchange.
– Ilia, age 12, Solo Theater School (Atlanta, GA)
My favorite part of the whole trip was none other than the camp fires we had with OUK. I had a blast talking with friends, roasting marshmallows, and hearing others sing songs.
– Nikolay, age 12, Solo Theater School (Atlanta, GA)
I have never participated in any other theatre exchange programs before. It was my first experience. During the program I learned that backstage people like me are very important part of the performance. <…> When I decided to take part of the program my goal was to learn how theatre operates from behind the stage and to put myself into test whether I can help. During the week I was shown how to take care of costumes, how to apply makeup, decorate props, and hand out programs. I tried to do my best so that the performance went smoothly.
– Anna, age of 10, Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre (Ottawa)
Once the Children Theatre Exchange was over I couldn’t get over it. I kept thinking that SOLO Theatre never left. Many people asked me if the week was worth all the time and energy but there is no hesitation when I say that, of course I loved it and I would fly to Atlanta in a heartbeat. I didn’t just spend a week of my life growing a second family just to let it go to waste. I think this week full of wonderful activities and people helped me grow as an actor, mainly because it reminded me how much importance theatre has in my life. There is no better way to rediscover theatre than with new life-long friends. During the week I found renewed energy and excitement. <…>
The best way to describe this experience in one sentence is with a quote from the hit Broadway musical, Wicked, “And now whatever way our stories end, I know you have rewritten mine by being my friend.”
– Aliza Itskovich, age of 15, Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre (Ottawa)
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