Children's Theater Event Set to Feature Seven Plays in Shanghai

June 26, 2019
By Cao ChenEditor: Ling Xiao

Gift for Mom, a puppet drama from Russia, will be staged in the upcoming Shanghai International Children's Theater Festival to be held at the Art Theater of the China Welfare Institute in Shanghai in July.[For China Daily]

 

The upcoming Shanghai International Children's Theater Festival will put up seven plays by troupes from home and abroad to children aged 3 and above at the Art Theater of the China Welfare Institute.

Over 50,000 participants are expected to attend the festival, according to the organizers.

"The festival will present creative plays to children and act as a key platform for international exchange on dramas for children, and this will in turn help to drive the industry in the country," says Song Zhongbei, deputy secretary-general at China Welfare Institute, one of the organizers of the festival.

The selected plays in the festival, which will be held from July 5 to 14, cover a wide range of theatrical forms, according to Cai Jinping, dean of the Art Theater of the China Welfare Institute.

A non-verbal play, Sea Heroes, presented by a troupe from the Netherlands, will depict the magical powers of the sea through a mix of dance, acrobatic action, live music and singing.

Performers from Belgium will also put up another non-verbal play titled Shoes which tells the story of two girls who create an imaginary world with footwear.

Another festival highlight is the Russian puppet drama Gift for Mom. The play, which promotes the friendship, cooperation and love, will be performed in English and is adapted from a book written by Belgian artist and children's writer, Quentin Greban.

The tale revolves around a ladybird with blue eyes and freckled nose scouring the forest for the best gifts for her mother.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China on Oct 1 this year, two Chinese plays created by local artists at the Art Theater of the China Welfare Institute will be staged as well.

The Sock, a production from Denmark, will be staged in the upcoming Shanghai International Children's Theater Festival to be held at the Art Theater of the China Welfare Institute in Shanghai in July. [For China Daily]

 

Children's Troupe, which will be shown at the opening ceremony of the festival, is recommended by Cai for those aged 5 and above. The story is about students coming together to form a drama troupe during the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1931-45).

The Art Theater of the China Welfare Institute will also put up the plays such as Rabbit Lantern, Badger Stealing Watermelons and Clown, all of which are adapted from picture books.

Cai suggests that those seeking an immersive experience should check out And Who are You?, a play from Croatia that teaches children how to make new friends, and The Sock, a production from Denmark that aims to stir the imagination through stories about socks.

Cai says that children can also apply for the drama camp that will be held during the festival through the theater's website. A drama master will lead the camp, teaching children to perform and understand stage plays through lectures and activities. Only 25 slots are available.

Other opportunities for immersive theater experience will also come in the form of workshops by professional troupes from Denmark and Russia.

 

(Source: China Daily)

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