Tunnustusauhind „Lastega ja lastele“ ootab nominente

Tunnustamist väärivad lapsed, noored, täiskasvanud, ettevõtmised ja ühendused, kes on oluliselt panustanud laste ja noorte heaolusse. Kandidaate saab esitada 20. aprillini 2017.
Loe lisa ja esita kandidaat

Draw me a ... SHEEP!

Big and small theatre fans from different substitute homes and safe houses across Estonia visited the Theatre House, in Tartu, with the support of non-profit association SEB Heategevusfond. They went to see the The Little Prince, which is based on the book of the same name by French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Afterwards they took family photos at Toomemägi, met the actors, and visited the Toy Museum.

As usual, the teachers prepared the children a bit in advance for the play, reminding them of the story of The Little Prince at a cosy evening gathering or as a bedtime story.

From one fairytale to another

The theatre day began with springtime snow, and the smaller children were already happy that snowman building season was back. However, as they approached Tartu, there was no sign of snowfall, it was sunny instead. ‘It was like being in the fairytale 12 Months, where you can meet several months at once,’ one of the mothers said.

Some children already knew the way to the theatre because only a few weeks had passed from seeing the play Sööbik ja Pisik. In addition to the route the children also remembered how to act in the wardrobe, where to change their shoes, and how to behave among the crowd of theatregoers.

A new value!

The theatre visits of Heategevusfond already traditionally include the chance for the children to ‘get their hands on the actors’. This time was no exception as Adeele Sepp and Janek Joost came to meet the children before the play. Braver children asked them to sign the book they had received as a gift.

Those with less courage still got their book signed, they just had to invite the teacher with them to serve as back-up. But this did not reduce the charm of the event: all the children were obviously proud of this important meeting.

A 16-year-old girl, who got an autograph from the Little Prince, said, upon receiving her signed book, that this was no longer an ordinary book, but it had a new kind of value.

Beautiful!

The play was in a small cosy hall, which was so home-like and at the children’s fingertips. In its simplicity, it seemed so genuine and sweet: the children felt as if they were a part of the fairytale.

Actress Adeele Sepp, who is known from the ‘face show’, caused lots of anxiety. An educational and beautiful story was created on the stage with minimalistic means and two good actors.

The beginning of the play was a bit scary for some smaller children because suddenly it became dark. A teacher’s hand provided support and later the dark parts were no longer scary. Instead, they were beautiful! Upon seeing planets and stars, a 3-year-old girl whispered in her teacher’s ear: “Beautiful!”

Another 3-year-old little miss, who had hidden in her teacher’s lap during the previous play and kept wrapping the teacher’s hands around her for protection, was many times braver already, acting like an ‘experienced’ theatregoer. This time she decided to sit alone, sometimes still slipping onto the teacher’s lap just to be sure and then going back to her seat.

Shiny uncle and the Prince’s laughter

This time, there was no crashing or loud racket in the play, and the children had to follow the dialogue more closely. ‘In fact, keeping up with the play was sometimes very hard to do, but the play or the dialogue between the characters had some turns that grasped the children’s attention again,’ one of the teachers said. But this little 3-year-old girl, enchanted by theatre, did not avert her gaze from the stage, not even once.

Many children liked the Poseur the most, and after the play they talked about the ‘shiny’ uncle for a long time. But one 6-year-old boy liked the Little Prince’s laughter the best.

As the children’s book prize ‘Childhood Prize’ was awarded right after the play, they immediately also had a different kind of, ‘more official’, experience. The children participated in congratulating Tartu’s best children’s writers! Then this important day was celebrated by eating kringle together as a group.

Cooking skills hidden in one, motor sport fan in another

They slowly came out of the enchanting fairytale in the Toy Museum. Families who had already been there a month ago and seen it all now had more time to spend in the games room. Everyone found a pleasant activity: some discovered their inner motor sports fan on a rocking horse disguised as a motor bike, while others discovered their cooking skills by making plastic cakes for their friends. Some children let their fantasy go wild and dressed in a monkey or tiger costume. One child who, according to the teacher, is usually unable to find suitable entertainment on her own, played with great zeal in the kitchen corner.

One hour in the games room of the Toy Museum passed quickly because there was lots to do. Those who wanted to could make a cool paper beetle according to the teacher’s instructions or do something else they liked.

Bedtime story from THAT blue book

At home, the children showed the teachers and other children books with autographs.
Teacher: ‘This week, the children have often asked me to read “that blue book” for their bedtime story. Only yesterday we read some chapters and this morning they provided reminers of what we had read. The children vividly remembered the King’s golden crown, the Poseur’s shiny clothes, and the Fox that they saw in the play. The following story has remained a kind of password with the children who went to the theatre: every time someone calls out “Draw me...”, all the others answer: “A SHEEP!”’.


 

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