Musical tale “Boniface’s Adventure” premiered in Penza
Penza, 14 April 2015. PenzaNews. A musical tale “Boniface’s Adventure” has premiered on the second stage of the Penza regional Lunacharsky Drama Theater on Tuesday, April 14.
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The premier play was attended by young pupils of school No. 7.
The play director Vladimir Karpov has written the script for the play himself, and based it on the tale “Boniface and his cousins” by the Czech author and screenwriter Milos Macourek – the story well known to Russian audience because of the 1965 cult cartoon “Boniface’s Holiday” directed by Fyodor Khitruk.
Vladimir Karpov decided to avoid closely following the original fairy tale or the cartoon, and created his own history, with new characters and plot twists. However, the main idea remained: if you are used to make other people happy, you will never get away from your destiny, and your best holidays will be when you continue making others happy – which is exactly what happened to the protagonist, a famous circus lion Boniface, played by Nikolai Shapovalov.
One of the main protagonists of the play is circus atmosphere that never leaves the stage. Acrobatic tricks, magic performances, funny jokes and unusual lightning effects keep the audience entertained all through, and everyone is involved – from Boniface himself, to the circus director played by Igor Serebryaniy, to little children of Africa, the Boy played by Artem Samokhin and the Girl (played by Olga Panina, who also performs as Boniface’s Grandmother). The viewers are also kept at the edge of their seats by the evil savages, Umba played by Albert Ibraev, and Yumba played by Alexander Steshin.
The music for the play was written by Valery Kulikov and performed by well-known Penza musicians. Olga Roba helped the actors sing, and the dances were instructed by Natalya Kinge.