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Shelter children took part in the recording of ‘Laululahing’

26.04.2008

ETV helped us organise a memorable afternoon for shelter children in the TV studio and allowed them to take part in the recording of ‘Laululahing’. Older children could take part in the event, as the recording ended late at night.

The children were first given a tour of the studios, costumer warehouses and other exciting places, which people who watch TV don’t even now exist, such as studios 1 and 4, the room where shows are put on air and the prop warehouse. The children were excited to see the familiar studio of ‘Terevisioon’, which seemed small compared to how it looks on TV. The puppet room was the most exciting room of all, as children could see the characters they know from their favourite children’s shows. Last but not least, the children could take a peek at the studio of ‘Saame kokku Tomi juures’; the kids inspected every corner and found out what’s behind all these mysterious doors that characters use on the show. The children also enjoyed the museum – they found TV sets with small screens very interesting and were surprised that a phone the size of a suitcase was once considered the smallest phone.

The recording of ‘Laululahing’ was an experience in itself. What the children loved the most was being live on air and waving to their friends – according to the kids, this was the coolest thing ever. Many fans of the competing choirs were also present at the recording, cheering their favourites and creating a great atmosphere in the studio. The children also loved seeing many famous faces in the ETV studios.

Irene Peterson, Director of the Family Help Centre: “During the recording of the show, I found that one of the kids has a soft spot for music – she just couldn’t sit there without swaying to the music. As this was a girl who came to the shelter a little while ago and hadn’t opened up to anyone yet, it had been difficult for the carers to establish contact with her, because nobody knows what she likes. But now, she was sitting next to me, we were both swaying to the music, clapping our hands and clicking our fingers – there’s no keeping us down when the music was playing and the choir was singing. I hope that every future event will give us something we can use to get closer to a child – it would certainly mean that all the financing and all the hard work have allowed us to achieve something!”

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