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“Sipsik was a favourite, she is a living doll!”

In November, children from eight family homes around Estonia – from Tartu, Põlva County, Ida-Viru County, Saare County, Viljandi, Tallinn and Jõgeva County – went to see the brand new performance “Sipsik and the Old Things” in the Chamber Hall of the Estonian National Opera. The musical performance, which was based on elements from Eno Raud’s famous children’s book, hooked the children as well as the accompanying adults with its heartfelt message and memorable set design.

The character of Sipsik was already familiar to a lot of the children from the book. But for some of them, it was the first time they had met the talking cloth doll. Therefore, the book was used to remind them about Sipsik. Most of the school-aged children had heard of Sipsik, seen her in photos, and some had even read the book.

“Sipsik is a refreshingly heartfelt and calm character, a welcome change of pace in comparison with popular modern characters!” said one of the foster parents. Many families also started to talk about self-made presents – Christmas was right around the corner.

“I got to touch Anu with my finger!”

Some of the children were in Tallinn for the first time and on such a long trip. Therefore, using public transport in a big city was a separate experience.

The reception at the theatre was very pleasant and friendly. It was quite complicated to get to the Chamber hall with children in a wheelchair. Children’s accompanists were very grateful for the kind support: children were helped up and down the stairs and the seats at the theatre were set in a way that educators could sit with the children.

It was the first visit to the Estonian National Opera for Laura. Seeing the big theatre as well as the performance itself offered a lot of excitement and joy. All of those sounds, music and the work of the actors gave the girl something to talk about on the way home as well as for the next few days at school and at home. 

The performance, which took place in the small hall, touched the children closely. “I sat on a pillow and got to touch Anu with my finger during the performance,” said one child. “My hair got wet when Anu was playing with water in the spring,” said another. “I was by the sea as well, a real sensation of swimming. We held on to the waves!” said the third.

“Televisions used to be so interesting!”

“Sipsik went for a ride with a real rocket, it was awesome,” said one little viewer. “Mart is a very good brother because he sewed a doll for his sister,” noticed another. “Televisions used to be so interesting, there are no more boxes like this now,” noticed the children.

Eleven-year-old Darya liked the set design, especially the waves made from fabric. There are times when Darya wishes that she were an adult, but now she was seated in the front row and following what was going on the stage with great interest. She said later that even though she did not understand everything, she translated the content of the performance for her neighbour. Even though children who speak Russian did not understand everything, their earlier “acquaintance” with Sipsik – or the good interpreter

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