stars prepare for the theater's opening
Tomorrow (September 6), after two years of reconstruction the Yerevan
State Puppet Theater will welcome its little audience to the first show of this
The Puppet Theater is the first among cultural centers benefiting
from Lincy Foundation's multi-million dollar project to renovate museums and theaters
The Puppet theater was founded in 1935, and has had a home on
Tumanyan Street since 1975. It has not been renovated since that move nearly 30
"It was very difficult to work at the theater as it lacked
most of the basic needs for work. We had very few opportunities to make our shows
more interesting, because of poor technical equipment," says director of
the theater Ruben Babayan.
Today the theater is equipped with modern sound
and light technology, which will make performances more exciting and of good quality.
Now the stage is mechanical, where both puppet and dramatic performances could
Children and parents can now sit together in the 305 seat
hall, but now they will be sitting at the same height thanks to high and low chairs.
Before, parents where sitting apart from their children at the end of the hall.
The important part of the theater, where performances get their first breath,
are the wings, where now actors can enjoy their rest in comfortable rooms and
even take showers.
will be working in a refurbished 300-seat theater.
Puppet Theater has always been a place where children feel as if they're in a
colorful fairy tale. Sometimes the fairy tale becomes so real, the children join
in, making remarks or criticism.
"It's rather more difficult to perform
for children than for adults. The theater is completely false, but it demands
from actors to be totally true, otherwise children won't tolerate the lie and
they will talk about it, even during the performance," says Babayan.
recalls situations that just aren't encountered in adult theater, but are frequent
at the Puppet Theater. Sometimes, for example, the children will try to help the
hero of the fairytale. And once, a little girl brought a sweet to one of the puppets
and said "I love you very much. Take and eat this."
has a rich museum of handmade puppets and soon some 300 Armenian-made puppets
and others from many nations will be exhibited in the first floor lobby .
September, shows will be performed only on Saturdays and Sundays (at 300 drams
- about 60 cents - per show). After October shows will be performed every day