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One should find a partner by following their heart!

Youths and foster parents from shelters and substitute homes all across Estonia went to see the musical Fiddler on the Roof, at the Estonian National Opera, a day before the Day of Restoration of Independence. Those who were interested also toured the backstage world of the theatre and many families got to enjoy a dim summer night in Tallinn.

Visiting the Estonian National Opera is always a special event! Therefore, everyone was looking forward with great anticipation to theatre day. Since Fiddler on the Roof is not a children's musical and has a structure that is quite complex, this time only older children and youths visited the theatre. In order to better understand what was happening on the stage, there was a discussion about history before the play – about Soviet power and the deportations.

How to infect children with the theatre bug

Before the performance, the children got to practice how to put together a menu – using the money they had been given – in a café across the theatre. Finding themselves in a real café – being free to choose a meal by themselves and enjoy the delightful feeling of eating in a café with friends – left them with a feeling of pride. 

One family brought along a foster parent who really loves theatre. Naturally, she knows almost everything about the famous musical Fiddler on the Roof. Therefore, she gave a thorough and interesting lecture about the content of the performance in a very genuine and emotional way by making the theatre friends think about the astounding plot of the story. At the same time, she also served as an example of how to behave in a theatre. It can be said that she "infected" the children with the theatre bug. That’s it!

"When I went to the theatre"

The children wrote about what they liked the most and what was the most memorable. The feedback from one of the girls began with the words "When I went to the theatre"... But she remembered the beautiful costumes, powerful scenery, the set design and the skilful movements of the dancers from the theatre – all in all, everything in the theatre that is pleasing to the eye. Those children who got to tour the backstage excitedly remembered what it felt like to try on the beautiful ballet dress and attempt to stand on ballet slippers. 

Since this play tells the story of one (big) family, the action happening on the stage was well understood by the children. The beautiful songs moved their hearts and touched their souls, the spirited dance made them cheer – there were a lot of emotions, a lot of fun and, at times, some sadness. But that is the life of a family! The scenery also played a huge part in the experience. The children were excited when the ghost of Tzeitel and the ghost of Fruma-Sarha, which was several metres tall, floated above the stage.

Like an illustrated history class

The children really liked the milkman Tevje and his humour, which made the children laugh. They said that they liked the milkman because he had the courage to change old traditions and allow his daughter to choose a man for herself. What got the children to thinking was the fact that other people remained stuck in age-old traditions, according to which girls could not choose significant others for themselves, instead having to marry a man whom their parents had found for them. The youths were excitedly discussing how it could have been this way because they would never want their parents to pick partners for them. Everyone unanimously agreed that a partner has to be found by following your heart. The performance made the children think differently and they found out a lot about old traditions.
On the way back, they were discussing what they liked the most. The children said that the performance was fun. They remembered a lot of fun quotes. The entire story was like an illustrated history class. Those youths who had already learnt about that in school got to participate in the discussion based on their own knowledge. In addition to normal textbook knowledge, one could see the attire of the era, customs, beliefs, and dances on the theatre stage and get an idea of the entire environment.

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