CHILDREN’S THEATRE EXCHANGE

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Following information can also be found on official www.childrenstheatreexchange.com website

Our theatre is in a constant search for new friends, new experiences, new ways of expression! This is how this project was born and it proved to be one of the most breathtaking journeys we’ve ever had!
We are looking for new theatre companies who want to meet with us and EXCHANGE!

Goal of the project:

Children’s Theatre Exchange provides an opportunity for children who participate in theatre groups of various cities to find friends with similar interests; exchange and share their theatre experience; broaden perception of the theatre world; learn to engage into open discussions about each other’s work skilfully and professionally; and find joy in collective creation with new people.

Basic Guidelines:

  • Participants are children’s theatre collectives only. The age of performers is up to 18 years old.
  • Theatre shows can be done in any genre and use any language of presentation.
  • Children’s shows can be either presented just for the circle of participants or can be open to general public.
  • In the end of the program, all children are required to prepare reviews/ feedback/ sketches/ video material about their participation and impressions. That feedback will be published for wide audiences to look at.
    This will help children to summarize and form an opinion about impressions from their experience; learn to discuss creative work of their friends professionally; have an opportunity to try out the profession of theatre critic.
  • Children are required to participate actively in organization of all the gathering. The teachers should give children maximum opportunity to be involved in every area of the process.
    The goal is to let children to try themselves not only in the role of actors, but also experience other theatre professions: designers, critics, managers, ushers, backstage crew, etc.
  • Participating theatres should agree on the program specifics, technical requirements, any specifics of each given collective IN ADVANCE.
  • Participating theatres are responsible for their budget, have to look for financial support to make the project happen and should help each other as much as possible.

What is expected from participating theatres that organize their exchange:

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  • Theatre brings one or several shows
  • Theatre prepares workshops and “Creative Evenings” (can be an evening of theatre games, talent show, musical evening, evening of visual arts, etc).
  • Theatre is responsible for providing space for all the planned meetings, shows and events.

In addition, if the theatre has an opportunity:

  • Offers accommodations at host-families
  • Prepares tours around the town and any other cultural events
  • Helps with transportation and food for participants
  • Up to 2 Guest-Theatres can participate in the same exchange
  • Theatre brings one or several shows
  • Theatre prepares workshops and/ or “Creative Evening”
  • Transportation and food for their participants

If you are interested in the Children’s Theatre Exchange program in any way: as PARTICIPANT, SPONSOR, VOLUNTEER, COLLABORATOR, GUEST, please, get in touch with us!

Children’s Theatre Exchange: Ottawa meets Toronto!

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Ottawa meets Toronto! 
Star School will be travelling to Ottawa for the weekend April 21-23 to bring their show “Alice in Wonderland” and then Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre will return the visit on April 28-30 with their show “The Legend of Parvana Lake”!
The shows are only part of the experience, because we are planning lots of acting, vocal, dance, movement and shadow theatre workshops as well as our traditional theatre criticism workshop followed by round -table discussions and review-writing. We will also organize creative gatherings where children will be playing, dancing, and most importantly getting to know their new theatre friends!
Let the new creative adventure and friendship begin!

Friends meet again: OUK travels to Atlanta!

Dance rehearsal at OUK Theatre

In March 2016 friends and founders of Children’s Theatre Exchange will meet again to continue exploring possibilities of theatre connections.

This time students from Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre will fly to Atlanta to reunite with their friends from SOLO Theatre and spend another week together. They will go through intense week of theatre training, will exchange pieces of their new work, and create original work together by the end of the gathering.
Meanwhile, directors of the theatres will challenge each other with new format of the Exchange where collaboration between children happens right on the spot giving new push to their skills and making them create completely new theatrical work in this short period of time.

The anticipation of seeing our great friends makes us all work extra hard in the rehearsal room!

1st Theatre Exchange had tremendous success!

Let us look back at Children’s Theatre Exchange: Ottawa meets Atlanta that happened in June 2015. So many beautiful things happened in the course of one week and those events will always stay in the hearts of each and every participant, whether they were children or adults.
We are happy to share with you our written thoughts and visuals that express our feelings about Exchange 2015.

Our Theatre Exchange is over and you might ask – what is left? Being just a couple of days away, I am still too emotional to talk rationally about all the specifics of the experience we all went through. But I am asking myself, why am I walking around all day today smiling and my heart is beating faster? I will be honest with you and myself: I’ve been studying and working in theatre for 20 years, but what has happened to us during this past week, was the most breathtaking experience of theatre I ever had. Why does it feel that way? I don’t know yet and I would need too many words to describe it. What I know for sure is that I deeply fell in love with theatre one more time!
- Ekaterina Vetrov, Artistic Director of Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre

I think this exchange was the greatest acting experience I’ve had, and so far one of my greatest life experiences. I know for a fact that any theater would love to take part in such a creative exchange.
- Ilia, age 12, Solo Theater School  (Atlanta, GA)

My favorite part of the whole trip was none other than the camp fires we had with OUK. I had a blast talking with friends, roasting marshmallows, and hearing others sing songs.
- Nikolay, age 12, Solo Theater School (Atlanta, GA)

I have never participated in any other theatre exchange programs before. It was my first experience. During the program I learned that backstage people like me are very important part of the performance. <…> When I decided to take part of the program my goal was to learn how theatre operates from behind the stage and to put myself into test whether I can help. During the week I was shown how to take care of costumes, how to apply makeup, decorate props, and hand out programs. I tried to do my best so that the performance went smoothly.
- Anna, age of 10, Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre (Ottawa)

Once the Children Theatre Exchange was over I couldn’t get over it. I kept thinking that SOLO Theatre never left. Many people asked me if the week was worth all the time and energy but there is no hesitation when I say that, of course I loved it and I would fly to Atlanta in a heartbeat. I didn’t just spend a week of my life growing a second family just to let it go to waste. I think this week full of wonderful activities and people helped me grow as an actor, mainly because it reminded me how much importance theatre has in my life. There is no better way to rediscover theatre than with new life-long friends. During the week I found renewed energy and excitement. <…>
The best way to describe this experience in one sentence is with a quote from the hit Broadway musical, Wicked, “And now whatever way our stories end, I know you have rewritten mine by being my friend.”
- Aliza Itskovich, age of 15, Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre (Ottawa)

YOU CAN CONTINUE READING OUR YOUTH CRITICS REVIEWS AND WATCH THEIR V-LOGS BY GOING TO
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YOU CAN ALSO BROWSE OUR PICTURE GALLERY TO CHECK OUT OUR TOURS, WORKSHOPS, BONFIRES AND SHOWS.

Children’s Theatre Exchange: Ottawa meets Atlanta, June 2015!

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Our new theatre project for children is here! Take a look!

In June 2015 two theatres will meet to participate in our new International project – Children’s Theatre Exchange: Once Upon a Kingdom Theatre (Ottawa, Canada) and Solo Theatre (Atlanta, USA).

Children’s Theatre Exchange provides an opportunity for children who participate in theatre groups of various cities to find friends with similar interests; exchange and share their theatre experience; broaden perception of the theatre world; learn to engage into open discussions about each other’s work skilfully and professionally; and find joy in collective creation with new people.

The program is designed for participants ages up to 18 years old and open to theatres who create in any genre and in any language!

In the course of one week, children will share their original shows with each other and general public (this time in Russian), participate in acting workshops lead by professional theatre practitioners, lead discussions at the round-table and theatre debates, write and publish theatre reviews, and spend unforgettable days full of friendship and creativity.

The shows will take place on June 5th at Kailash Mital Theatre at Carleton U and open to general public!
“Летучий корабль”/ “The Flying Ship”, directed by Ivan Logvinov, Solo Theatre.
“Волшебная кисточка”/ “The Magic Brush”, directed by Ekaterina Vetrov, OUK Theatre.
PLEASE, FIND FULL INFO HERE!
Tickets are on sale NOW!

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Even $1 matters for us! All sponsors will receive cool gifts!
Let’s help children to realize their dreams!