|Chernihiv Theatre for Youth|
Rodimtseva, 4, Chernihiv, Ukraine, 14000
0462) 69-80-57, 77-49-53, 65-13-53;
(+38 0462) 77-89-48
Theatre for Youth started as an offspring
studio "Youth stage" at the Chernihiv Puppet Theatre in 1985. The first
production staged at the studio after B.Vasiliev's "11 pages of the war
prose" won the first prize at the Ukrainian young actors and producers
competition in Odessa (1985). Following this success the studio
performed in Kyiv and Moscow. In 1988 "The Puppet Theatre" was
reorganized into the regional theatre for children and youth. The troupe
has got the premises of their own. Through the numerous seasons the
Theater was staging both dramatic and puppet plays. A number of
Theatre's stagings were successful not only in the general audience but
also at the Ukrainian and the Soviet-wide festivals ("Raggedy Ann" by
Gibson, the stage manager O.Negresku; "The Catcher in the Rye" after
Salinger, the stage manager G.Kasjanov; "The Twelfth Night" by
Shakespeare, the stage manager A.Bakirov). Since 1996 the theatre is
known as "Molodizhny" (youth) theatre, and the puppet troupe became a
separate theatre for children. In this new statue the "Theatre for
Youth" produced a number of significant stagings. "The Cherry Orchard"
by A.Chekhov, "The Inspector General" by M.Gogol, "The Stolen Happiness"
by I.Franko, "Hamlet" by W.Shakespeare, "The Puppet House" by H.Ibsen.
The theatre has raised quite a few talented actors such as honored
artists of Ukraine L. Veselova and V. Banjuk, masters of the scene J.
Matrosova, T. Saldetska, M. Vitrihovska, V. Makar, the gifted youth R.
Pokrovsky, O. Schukin, E. Sidorenko, R. Ostapko, I. Atroschenko, E.
Shirokorad and others. The theatre has an actors' studio, and young
performers take part in the youth projects of theatre: "Metro",
"Mowgli", "Zacharovana Desna".
This year the Theatre just turns
24, so it still has the life ahead.
December Theatrical Nights
Our drama festival is the oldest
in Chernihiv. For the first time it took place in 1988 - it doesn't take
rocket scientist to figure out that we have it 21th time this year. The
Nights hosted over 50 troupes and individual performers up to this very
moment. Our most famous participants from Kyiv, Moscow, St. Petersburg,
Lviv, Tallinn are - National artists of the USSR Ada Rogovtseva and
Nikolay Rushkovsy, Sergey Dreiden and Marina Politseimako, young actors
from Moscow "Taganka" and Chekhov's Academic Arts Theatre, National Ivan
Franko and Lesya Ukrainka Theatres, Kyiv creative workshop "Souzirja"
("Constellation"). The soloists of the Lviv academy opera and ballet
theatre performed the Saint Sean's "Swan" on our subtle stage.
What makes our festival so
It's the comfort of domestic
"Why?", - you ask.
First, we have a small stage of 30 square
meters lacking the curtain and an intimate auditorium for 107 persons.
And this is why we can't invite bigger troupes, although we have pretty
decent lighting and sound equipment.
Second, all participants experience the
personal touch in his or her relationships with festival authorities.
They're more of the good old friends rather than authorities to you. You
can enjoy our meals like your momma used to cook and our sightseeing
tours are conducted by the best guides (and the fact that excited
sightseers are always late for dinner is a sure sign of the quality of
our tours). Once you're on your way back home you'll enjoy the
sandwiches we'll give you as a kind of pleasant aftertaste.
And the last but not least we have the best
audience all over the former USSR. Everyone will tell you so! Come and
see for yourself.
If we have awaken your interest
and you have play with a few actors involved and no cumbersome scenery
The requirements for the
participation are simple:
tell us and if we go along well, we
invite you. Accommodation, meals, sightseeing tours, etc - on our
account. You only have to cover your travel expenses.
Our festival is creative, not
commercial. The prizes are given on the public jury's behalf.
The festival lasts for four to
five days and normally beings at December, 1st.
Hurry up and pack your bags -
the time is almost up.
The festival schedule has a deadline at the beginning of October. That's it, folks, We are looking forward to see you.
Art Director of the Theatre Gennady Kasjanov
XXXIII theatrical season