Lastega ja lastele

Auhinnaga „Lastega ja lastele“ täname ja tunnustame inimesi ja organisatsioone, kelle uued algatused või pikemaajaline tegevus on positiivselt mõjutanud laste ja perede käekäiku.
Tunnustusauhinna taotluste voor on avatud 15. aprillini.

Esita taotlus

Meeting the flying Mary Poppins

On Sunday, children from shelters all across Estonia travelled to Tartu, to the theatre Vanemuine, in order to watch a performance of the popular musical “Mary Poppins”, which included a backstage tour of the theatre.

A total of 150 children from Tartu, Tallinn, Viljandi, Harju County and Ida-Viru County, who live in shelters and children’s homes, along with their attendants, were able to enjoy the performance.

Once they had arrived at the theatre in the afternoon, an eventful backstage tour awaited the children, where the atmosphere was filled with electricity prior to the performance. The children had the chance to peek at the stage and the orchestra – where the final preparations were being made for the performance – the scenery hall, and the actors’ wardrobe storage. Fascinating stories about the theater’s everyday life were also told. The guides answered the children’s questions on why there are Koit Toome and Maarja-Liis Ilus masks on the wall, why the tea bag used in the performance is so big, how dancers of small stature can carry a large roast pork on their corona, whether the servant brings real sandwiches for eating on the stage and where the money comes from for buying these food products, etc.

The children were joyfully animated, as they could see the preparations for the performance with their own eyes. “I am here in this theatre for the first time! My classmates have been to Spain and other distant places, but they have never been able to say the first greeting backstage to the actors in the leading role,’’ boasted 12 year old Juhan.

The performance was dynamic and riveting with its marvellous music and interesting characters. Great was the joy, when the scenery and properties that had been seen and touched backstage were brought to the stage. The children’s favourite places in the performance were the bewitching of the evil baby sitter into a big rat and, of course, Mary Poppins’ flying tricks.

Once the performance had ended, a snack awaited the children in the café, so that they wouldn’t be overcome with hunger on the way home. The children were very amazed when they were joined by Hanna-Liina Võsa and Andres Mähar as well as Merle Jääger and Veikko Täär, the actors in the leading roles, in costumes, who happily signed autographs on the young admirers’ programmes.

6 year old Tuuli, who was able to come to the performance on her birthday, whispered excitedly, in a barely audible voice, to the player of Mary Poppins’ part, that she actually couldn’t sleep the previous evening because she dreamed of Mary Poppins before coming to the performance!

On the way home, the children talked with the attendants about more serious subjects, too, that had come to the mind during the performance – what happens when parents don’t have enough time for their children.

For many of the children this was their first visit to a theatre – broadening children’s mind is a great pleasure. Our Sunday visit to the theatre was again like a sliver in the integration programme. Although the performance was in Estonian, the language of music was also comprehensible for the children who came from Ida-Viru County and spoke Russian as their native language, and the visit to the theatre was a great experience.

Participate Thank you, if you have already supported our charity programme or if you are going to do it in the future! Sign a standing payment order contract in SEB Internet Bank for 3 euros a month or support with a single donation.