The residential compound of the Russian Embassy in New Delhi saw the opening night of the play “The Little Prince” on April, 27.
The students of the Russian Embassy School including those from the CIS countries as well as the youngest artists – two five years and three six years old – took part in the performance based on the novella by the French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The performance was staged by the Senior Correspondent of the ITAR TASS News Agency in India Mr.Alexander Antipin. The costumes and the stage scenery were designed by the young actors themselves with the assistance of their parents.
The show was warmly appreciated with lots of flowers and a great ovation by the audience overcrowded the hall. In his address to the gathering H.E.Mr.Alexander M.Kadakin, the Ambassador of Russia, noted the unique character of the interpretation of the fairy-tale story as well as touching sincerity of the young actors.
“The Little Prince” is my favourite book that is why my first experience as a stage director is connected with it,” says Mr.Alexander Antipin. “We decided not to follow the famous novella literally – the action takes place in a small city café, rather on the unknown planet as projected by de Saint-Exupery. We wanted to underline by this that miracles do happen on the Earth as well.”
According to the director, irrespective of the final result, the most striking and unforgettable experience was working with children during half a year period. To reveal a talent in a child is a challenge task but at the same time highly rewarding.
“The Little Prince” story saw the light 70 years ago. It is well known in India: besides English the novella was translated to eight national languages including Hindi, Bengal, Malayalam, Marathi, Punjabi and Telugu.