The Natalya Sats Moscow State Academic Children’s Musical TheatreRussian: Moskovskiy gosudarstvennyi akademicheskiy detskiy muzyikalnyi teatr imeni N.I. Sats or Московский государственный академический детский музыкальный театр имени Н.И. Сац is one of the best of its kind in Moscow. For over sixty years, it has been cultivating a love of the arts among children and introducing them to the world of classical music, opera and ballet. The theatre has performances catering to a wide age-range of children, including toddlers, schoolchildren and even teenagers. It brings to the stage the best of Russian and foreign literary works, including Cinderella, The Life and Incredible Adventures of Oliver Twist, Lord of the Flies, Carmen and Swan Lake.
Performing for children is a challenging task requiring a special approach and talent, since children are very demanding spectators who can discern falseness very easily. The musical theatre accomplishes this task perfectly, and many of its performances and actors are honored with prestigious awards. The care taken in adapting literary works for children in a way appropriate to their age without distorting the content of the stories told on stage is a distinctive feature of the theatre’s productions. Even the youngest children will not have any trouble understanding what is happening on the stage; each performance is a bright, catchy show featuring impressive sets and costumes illustrative of the characters’ personality. The interpretation of musical pieces by the orchestra and singers is always of a high standard.
The theatre takes great pride in offering a wide range of theatrical genres including musicals, (Cinderella, Twelve Months, The adventures of Ludwig and Tutta), musical comedies and operas (TeremokRussian: теремок, means "little hideaway", Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Magic Flute, Carmen, The Nightingale, Lord of the Flies) and ballets (Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, The Princess and the Pea). Some productions are intended for pre-school children while others will be of more interest to teenagers. The theatre has its own orchestra and ballet company.
The theatre is located on Vernadsky AvenueRussian: prospekt Vernadskogo or проспект Вернадского, not far from the Moscow State CircusRussian: Bolshoy Tsirk or Большой Цирк. The interesting thing about this theatre is that it was originally designed as a venue for children. It features a 300-seat auditorium and an 1100-seat one. Both are very comfortable, and spectators can see and hear everything that is happening on the stage, no matter where they are seated. There are three stages in the big auditorium: the main one and two side ones. The theatre has very limited seating, so it’s important to make sure you buy your tickets well in advance.
The theatre was named after Natalys Ilynichna Sats, a Soviet theatre director and the world’s first female opera director. She had a hard life, having gone through painful experiences when she spent five years in the Gulag, a kind of labour camp. She created Russia’s first theatre just for children, with divisions in six cities throughout the Soviet Union. Natalya Sats believed that children could and should get familiar with complicated and “adult” art forms such as opera and ballet. She is a clear example of how much one person can do for the development of culture in his or her country. Today, a monument to Natalya Sats stands in front of the theatre; she is depicted with two children beside her, one dressed as the Little Red Riding Hood and one dressed as the Wolf. An exhibition dedicated to the memory of Natalya Sats is on display in the theatre’s lobby.
The theatre, crowned with a huge sculpture of the Blue Bird, offers a special atmosphere of fairytales and wonder which children love. The walls inside are decorated with bright fretwork, along with treble clef-shaped door handles and images of popular characters embellishing the theatre.© 2016-2018 moscovery.com