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Meeting the Real Pippi Longstocking and Mr. Nilsson

On 2 April, children from many shelters gathered in Tallinn in the National Opera House “Estonia” to enjoy the recently premiered performance about Pipi Longstocking. 150 children living in shelters in Tartu, Tallinn, Pärnu, Harju and Ida-Viru county enjoyed the performance with the rest of the audience.

In the morning when children arrived the opera house, they were first taken on a tour to the backstage area. They had a glance at the stage and the orchestra ground, where last-minute preparations for the performance were made, and a peek into the make-up room where Mr Nilsson was having his ears glued on and Pippi her freckles drawn. Children had also a look in the dressing room, the painting and decorations room, the ballet lessons hall and others rooms, where everyone very busy before the performance. Children were so happy to be in the midst of all these preparations. “If you are the first one to greet the leading actor in the backstage area right after the performance, you are not just another boy or girl in your class,” 7-year-old Kaarel said.

During the performance, 4-year-old Rasmus flipped through the programme again and again. He seemed to be genuinely interested in it, going over the pages from start to end dozens of times.
After the performance children had some snacks in the Blue Hall, so that they would not be too hungry on their way back home. What a surprise when Pippi Longstocking (Nele-Liis Vaiksoo) and Mr Nilsson joined them to sign autographs to the programme sheets of their little admirers.
5-year-old Maria, hardly daring to whisper from excitement, asked Pippi whether it was true that you don’t have to grow up, because she didn’t want to become a wise adult.

At home, Toomas (8) had been a bit sceptical about the ‘Pippi panic’, saying that it was a girl thing, but now he said: “The performance and meeting Pippi were so cool. She is like a real person!” Toomas meant that the actress was so good in her role that she was like the real Pippi.

After Toomas, Kalle (11) wanted to have his say: “They were all actors. The performance was based on a book I’ve read at school. But the performance was more interesting. Just that we could have come to watch it sooner – before I read the book.”

7-year-old Elo just sighed: “Pippi is absolutely beautiful. Our carer Heini will braid my hair exactly like Pippi’s.” She continued: “And we could have a Mr. Nilsson at our shelter. Why not?” A carer did not have a grown-up answer to the last question – because, indeed, why not!

At home after watching the performance, 3-year-old Marlen skipped from one room to another singing, alternating the phrases ‘la-la-la’ and ‘Pippi-Pippi-Pippi’. No doubt the performance made a great impression on her! The children talked with great excitement about how they had watched a song and dance performance. Marlen’s brother showed their carer a children’s book with pictures of a girl exactly like Pippi, braids and all, and said that he had actually seen the girl!

The very next day, the children at the Narva shelter bore Pippi-style face paintings, made with water colours. The National Opera has inspired a new generation: while applying the face paintings, all of the girls were saying that they wanted to become actresses and perform on stage. They still needed to talk over some minor details with their carers, but the most important thing was to believe in your dreams – then no obstacle would seem insurmountable.

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