One-Person Music Show The Little Prince based on the eponymous novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry will be demonstrated within the frameworks Heart 2 Heart Festival in London on July 6 and 7 this year.
“All adults used to be children but few of them remember it,” “You are forever responsible for those whom you tamed,” “All roads lead to people”… The Little Prince is rich in allegorical one-liners like these. Its Christian meaning requires deep thinking and a careful treatment on stage.
The Little Prince is a small novel with lots of author’s own illustrations. It tells a parable about the life of a young boy in the huge world. It dwells on friendship, faithfulness, and love using simple and clear words.
Alexander Zhdanovich, who is an actor of the Maxim Gorky National Academic Drama Theatre, plays the main and the only part in this performance.
This performance received only favourable reviews during its first nights in Minsk. The show guarantees full immersion into the atmosphere of the book. The actor re-enacts his favourite story on stage with the happy spontaneity of a child. He makes a clever play on the most moving episodes, sharing his feelings with the audience without excessive emotions but openly. Music by Eugene Glebov, a remarkable Belarusian composer, and a rich video background harmoniously supplement the play of the actor. Careful treatment of the original source must also be pointed out: the logical integrity of the narrative written by the French humanist author remains clear and intact.
Children are especially inspired and empathetic when they watch this show. The interaction of the actor and the audience goes on smoothly and graciously. The spectators join the action from the very first moments: paper planes fly across the theatre hall and adults get on stage to paint things.
This show is said to be one of the best children’s drama performances in Belarus. The participants of this project have managed to create an amazingly moving and emotional show that helps to rethink the concepts of friendship, love, responsibility, misunderstanding, and loneliness.
A meeting with Alexander Zhdanovich, who is the director and the actor in this show, is scheduled after the show. Alexander Zhdanovich has been working with children who stay in the Boarding Home for children with special needs. Together with these kids, he stages shows based on well-known fairy tales in author treatment, which brings their contents closer to the Christian worldview.
We invite you to dive into the atmosphere filled with kindness, inspired by friendship, and full of great music! This show is for those who wish to be a part of something genuine, authentic, noble, and pure.