By Maria Gregoriou
There are lots of events to take the kids to on Sunday when Nicosia will open up its gates and let all kinds of fairytale creatures and imaginative adventures in. All you have to do is go along to meet them and get lost within a magical place not so far, far away.
First up is the famous fairy tale by Hans Christian Anderson The Snow Queen, which will be performed as part of the pop up festival on Makarios Avenue at 10am and 12.30pm. The tale about Gerda, who sets out on a magical journey to find her best friend Kay who has been taken by the Snow Queen, will be acted out by Nikoletta Verykiou while Elena Pavlidou will narrate the story.
Verykiou is an actress who also helps run theatrical workshops. Pavlidou is also an actress and works with theatrical workshop.
If you are a fan of the Disney film Frozen then you will surely fall in love with Gerda and Kay and the fight between good and evil (nothing new there but our fairytales just wouldn’t be the same without it). Anderson’s story is one of growing up, every time Gerda overcomes an obstacle, she comes closer to maturing. It is the innocence and love of a child that makes her triumphant and gives us our happy ending.
The children in the audience, who will be sitting in a semi-circle around the actors, can interact with the characters and maybe warn the characters of the dangers ahead. So that this kind of interaction can include all the children, the performance will be acted out with very simple props and familiar objects that children can relate to and easily trigger their imagination.
If you miss the performance at the former Bank of Cyprus shop opposite City Plaza, then you can catch it next Sunday or on December 21.
Turning the page to the next story, the Majestic Tree artistic group and the educational team PaiZein will put on the interactive tale of Carmen at the Praktoreio in Ayios Omologites. While The Snow Queen will come alive through every-day items, children at this performance will travel to Spain and meet Carmen the gypsy with a bit of help from music.
Little hands and feet will clap and tap Georges Bizet’s opera about the gypsy into being and become part of the story. In play the children can obtain an appreciation for music and gain self-confidence while maybe making some new friends along the way. So if your child is four to ten-years-old then it is off to see a performance the whole family can enjoy.
But that’s not all. The Envious Owl will be staged at the Little Worry People Art and Drama Studio in Engomi.
Unlike the other two stories which most of us know or have heard of, this is an original story that is fresh and ready to entertain the senses for the first time (for most of us anyway). If you have recently had your second child and are struggling to show your first born that having a new sister or brother doesn’t mean that mummy’s and daddy’s love has to be shared, then this may be the best way to prove your point.
The tale is one of an owl who goes for a walk in the forest because he can’t bear the thought of sharing his parent’s love with his little brother. The footsteps of the walk develop into a journey of self-awareness and along the way the children will hopefully understand the negative effects of jealousy.
But the moral of the story doesn’t come about without fun. The owl meets a whole bunch of characters along the way including a granny, a girl, a fox, a cat and a scientist (where is the wolf you ask?). They all become friends and together they help the owl get rid of the green-eyed monster.
Just like with Carmen, the kids will have the chance to join in the musical fun and become part of a human orchestra, as the drama studio puts it.
The Snow Queen
Performance of the famous fairy tale. November 30. Pop U p Shop 125, Ex Bank of Cyprus in Makarios Avenue, Nicosia. 10am and 12.30pm. €5. In Greek. Tel 99-849598 or 96-670490
Carmen – Interactive Tale
An interactive tale suitable for children from -10. November 30.
To Praktoreio, 19 Nikitara Street, Agioi Omologites, Nicosia. 10.30am-12.30pm. €7. In Greek. Tel: 99-0440555
The Envious Owl
An owl cannot bear to share the love and attention of its parents with its brother. November 30. The Little Worry People Art and Drama Studio, 2 Orfeos Street, Makedonitissa, Engomi, Nicosia. 11am-12pm. €5. In Greek. Tel: 99-358663