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Buratino's story: why be good when can you be clever?


During the last weekend of May, the non-profit association SEB Heategevusfond invited children from Estonian orphanages and shelters to take part in the wonderful theatre magic at the Estonian National Opera, in which Olav Ehala's family-friendly musical Buratino premiered. Children got to wander around the backstage world and meet the general manager and the composer of the show.

This theatre visit was slightly different because it was a premiere: Estonian National Opera was more festive and a lot of actors that the children recognised from TV, were seen around the building.

The performance was humorous, colourful and educational. There were parts in which children were laughing wholeheartedly. Some children, who do not usually sit still, forgot to fidget and were like rocks when looking at the activities on stage. The design of the performance was also new and interesting, keeping their eyes on the stage. The point of the evergreen story was understood by children as well: Buratino did dumb things and his friends "taught" him how things should be done. Buratino's father papa Carlo really wanted the boy to study and become wise. And all of this took place against the background of fascinating music and dances, which brought the story closer to those children who do not understand Estonian very well yet.

The backstage tour included showing the orchestra pit and the workshop, in which the shoes of actors are made and fairy tale-like clothes are sewn. They also visited the small and big painting hall in which decorations and props necessary for the performance are made. It was even allowed to peek into the wardrobes of actors and the make-up room. This time, children also got to meet the general director of Estonian National Opera Aivar Mäe backstage who personally greeted the guests.

After the show, children got to put together a meal for themselves at Lido. On the way back and home, the children were reading the Buratino book they received as a present with great interest.

Buratino's story is very educational and helps one to remember how important it is to have a good heart and good friends, with whom slightly more dangerous adventures can end well. This story allows a discussion to be had on different topics, for instance, "How to become a person and stay one" or "Goodness and evil within and around us". It is obvious that a good heart allows a lot of good to be done, but sometimes one has to be a little bit clever…

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