For the second year in a row Volhynians have the opportunity to see the best works of Ukrainian drama performed by famous artists on the stages of district and rural houses of culture. This time, the residents of Kovel, Lyuboml, Ratne and Lutsk districts saw a comic opera “Natalka Poltavka” and a play “Shelmenko-Denshchyk” (“Shelmenko, an Officer’s Servant”) performed by the actors of Taras Shevchenko Volyn Regional Music and Drama Theater, and small Volhynians saw a children’s play “Pryhody Kashtanchyka” (“The Adventures of a Small Chestnut”) by Volyn Academic Puppet Theater and directed by Volodymyr Orlov.

Touring project “Do Dukhovnykh Skarbnyts” (“Towards the Spiritual Treasuries”) takes place as part of “Culture and Spirituality” Program of Ihor Palytsia’s Foundation “Tilky Razom”.

Residents of the picturesque village Boholiuby of Lutsk district were the first who saw the comic opera. In Kovel area not only Krychevychi and Skulyn’s residents, but the ones from the surrounding villages saw “Natalka Poltavka”.

Satisfied spectator Nadiia Boronenko says that the theater has not toured in their village for more than 20 years, and people who seek art do not always have the opportunity to attend performances in Lutsk.

  • I went to the show with great pleasure because this is a classic that is played on regional and national stages and outside Ukraine for more than 250 years. Thank to Ihor Palytsia’s Foundation “Tilky Razom” we have got the opportunity to enjoy an amazing playing and musical performance, – said the woman.

The actors admit that they are very pleased to act in the remotest villages of the region.

  • The atmosphere is sincere and the audience is grateful. When adults come, they react very unaffectedly and truly, almost like children. Their eyes are full of joy, they are not restrained in their emotions, and it strikes an impression on us, – says a drama actor Dmytro Melnychuk.

This comic opera was shown by the actors of Taras Shevchenko Volyn Regional Music and Drama Theater in the villages of Zabrody and Vydranytsia. And a play “Shelmenko-Denshchyk” (“Shelmenko, an Officer’s Servant”)  was shown in the villages of Samary and Samary-Orikhovi of Ratne district, where each time there was a full house of spectators of these and the surrounding villages.

And small Volhynians of Lyuboml, Lutsk, and Ratne districts have also discovered the world of art: a play “Pryhody Kashtanchyka” (“The Adventures of a Small Chestnut”) was shown by the actors of Volyn Academic Puppet Theater. Both parents and kids were very happy. The parents say that if a real art was shown in districts more often, the kids would become familiar with it and learn to esteem art.

Dmytro Zinko, the Head of “Culture and Spirituality” Program of Ihor Palytsia’s Foundation “Tilky Razom”, noted that such tours give villagers the opportunity to see plays, to feel the actors’ live performance, to hear their voices, and enjoy music.

  • The tour was at a qualitative level: the actors of our theater have been at their best as always, and Volhynians who attended performances, both adults and children, will have great memories for a long time. It is not every resident of the remote areas can visit the theater in Lutsk to see the Ukrainian classics performed by excellent actors. “Culture and Spirituality” Program of Ihor Palytsia’s Foundation “Tilky Razom” offers this possibility, and plans to organize theatrical seasons to involve as much Volynians as possible. This time we have shown the plays to Volynians of 19 villages, but reached many more, because as just a poster appeared, there were a lot of residents of neighbouring villages who wanted to see the performance, – summed Dmytro Zinko.


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