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“Oliver Twist” spoke with content and form


In April, the children living in Estonian substitute homes and shelters visited the musical “Oliver” performed at theatre Endla in Pärnu. The famous story, set in modern language of word, music and dance, completely absorbed both, the bigger and smaller theatre-goers.

As the performance “Oliver” began only at 7 p.m., all families had a good opportunity to look around in Pärnu and take family photos in the spring capital. A lunch table was set for the children in the cafe of theatre Endla. Since for some families, this was their first visit to theatre Endla, they had to take the opportunity and get more closely acquainted with the theatre building.

The production was enchanting and the children really loved it. Its musical side was cool and tailored to young people; the play used a lot of gestures and words characteristic to today’s youth. For the children, this play hit quite the spot – at some point it recalled their own painful memories but then again, they had a full belly laugh. Although due to the language barrier, some Russian-speaking kids did not understand everything, they still could make sense of the songs and dances without words.
The presence of the Estonian President caused a lot of excitement among kids. The children had the opportunity to greet Madam President and wish her Happy Holidays. Also meeting with the actors caused joyful anxiety. Everyone had the possibility to “feel” their favourite with their hands and ask an autograph.

The impressions about the play they saw, the Endla theatre building, and the beautiful city of Pärnu lasted throughout the journey home. It was a magnificent and memorable day!

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