Lastega ja lastele

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Captain Grant found!

There is a small fact one can use to know if someone has seen the story of a famous captain named Grant. While the fact bears little significance in the day-to-day life of an Estonian, you can test the knowledge of it with this simple question: “What are the places in the world the 37th parallel passes trough?”

Anyway, this autumn many of the children in the Estonian shelters and substitute homes must know the answer to this question. The reason for this is that the SEB Charity Fund invited a number of children from all corners of Estonia to Tallinn for a journey along this infamous 37th parallel and to find the lost Captain Grant.

So let us have a little overview of how the search for the captain went.

“The play was about the search for Captain Grant, a seaman, who had disappeared without a trace. At the beginning of the sea journey a bottle was found from the stomach of a shark with an old document inside it with information about Captain Grant. Two of his children along with other people helping them went to look for him by ship. They travelled through many lands, and we cannot remember them all – they did, still go to America and New Zealand –, and they travelled along the 37th parallel. The journey was tough, they had to fight the harsh nature and bad people,” tells us one of the children who saw the search for Captain Grant.

While actually in a slightly different location on the Earth, the whole 37th parallel had been drawn out in Tallinn for the important guests. Let us be honest, circling the whole world may have been a bit more difficult for the group. For some of the children the schoolyear was starting soon and there were others who also had things to do before going on a trip around the world.

Like always with such events, adventure and excitement arrives long before reaching the venue. If a boy who comes from the Summer Capital of Estonia is more used to a pedestrian-centred city space, then it is natural for him to be enthusiastic to see the number of cars driving into Tallinn.
“Right upon entering Tallinn, Martin (aged 12) was stunned at the number of cars there. Why are there so many cars in this country(!), he asked. We explained to him that Tallinn is the capital of our country and while there are about 41,000 people living in Pärnu, in Tallinn the number is well over 400,000. And this is why there are more cars. He had just as many questions and impressions when it came to the buildings: why are they so tall, why don’t we have ones like these in Pärnu. And, of course, “Look at all the shops they have here!” I explained to him that many of them are offices where people do their daily work, and not shops. He was especially excited to see Tallinn harbour and the big ships moored there, having never seen ones like them,” writes an escort to the children of Pärnu.

This time the theatre was not like a usual theatre because, as fitting for a tale that takes one on a long sea journey, the show took place on a quay. Even the unusual venue by the sea and on a real ship was an experience worth the long trip for the children. Sometimes more attention went to the details, like the little birds sitting on the ropes between the masts of the ship, or how Suur Tõll, depicting the steam ship Duncan following the tracks of Captain Grant, was bobbing in the swell. But this is what an open-air theatre event is all about.

Not only the venue but the company of actors was also a bit extraordinary. Not all of the actors were regular actors! There was also a horse in the company who was the most eager one to give autographs after the show. The horse was one of the highlights in the memories from the day as they were written down later.

As Owe recalls: “We had great fun at the theatre. The horse was the nicest, he was so brave. But the monkeys were also great.” Reino adds: “We are going to the theatre again, aren’t we? I want to pat the horse more, he was so lovely!”
As the 37th parallel is long enough to encircle the Earth (just like any other parallel however, one has to admit), getting through the play took a bit of time. Some of the children were on their tiptoes from excitement right until the end, but some of the smaller ones would maybe have been satisfied with a search through just a half of the parallel.

While the play was rather long, it was full of thrilling fight scenes, spectacular coloured smoke and loud bangs, so that when you add a well-behaved grey horse, there was no chance that the children would get bored.

Adelina giver her account of the event: “I really liked the play. Most of all, I liked the fight scenes in the play. There was even the smell of burning, like in a war. I really liked the dances. Sometimes it was quite scary. It is great that the children found their father.”

As said, the theatre event did not end with three ovations and the drive home. After the curtain fell autograph hunters got their chance. Just as hard as it was to get started it was the same later to contain the excitement of the children when it was time for autographs and photos. The hunt for autographs turned into a championship and the children got into a heated competition for who would have the longest list of autographs.

“In the end, the autographs and getting pictures taken with the characters turned into one of the highlights of the night and spirits were so high that when beforehand the children were asking when are we going home, afterwards we were not able to get going and there was enough energy to dash around the playground and when we finally were the last ones to get out of the gates of the Seaplane Harbour, we had an hour-long walk along the culture kilometre and through the Old Town and no one was fed up or tired,” writes the teacher.

Still, it was not the excitement of the play and everything around it what left the strongest impression on the children. When the children in one of the buses were asked what they liked the most, they answered: “That the children found their father!” In another bus, two children were wondering between themselves: “When are we going to be found?”


Triin Lumi
MTÜ SEB Heategevusfond


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