Inclusive theater studio was first opened by the Foundation at the school number 65 in Astana for teaching theater to children with hearing impairment together with other children. Since 2017 functions a second theater club for children of the school number 83 where children with autistic specter disorders and celebral palpsy study along with others. 30 children are given classes by a young director and actor Ilyas Danyarov in one studio and actress Natalya Lysenko in another. Ilyas well known in Astana for his work at the alternative youth theater “Attraction”. Natalya is an experienced actress at the Russian Gorky theater. Surdopedagogs and personal tutors accompany all classes of the Children’s Theatre to support children in all their needs.
During the rehearsals children do a lot of trainings in the pronunciation texts, facial expression, which is beneficial to their hearing and speaking skills. Parents and many teachers point out that the classes help children not only to pronounce words, but also to feel more confident and unfettered.
Since the work of the studio Children’s Theatre has already brought to the attention of the public two musicals on a professional stage: in April 2014 children were sold out of the musical “Mary Poppins”, where the main role played the child is diagnosed with hearing loss of 4 degrees; and in 2016 was presented the second performance of “Matilda”, based on the play by Ronald Dahl, telling the history of a “special” girl and her relations with the world.
The first show of the musical “Mary Poppins” was a great success with the audience and the play was shown several times on the stage of the Kazakh Drama Theater, Russian Theatre and at the school. The second performance was presented at a new stage of Nazarbayev University and also caused a good response from the audience and the media.
Children are very passionate about the opportunity to play on stage; they study the role for a long time, diligently rehearse and memorize long texts of their heroes. Each performance of the theater is another proof that creativity, communication and real talent do not know any barriers, no limits!
Sponsors of inclusive theater studio at various times were the Finnish Embassy in Astana, Pop-Up Shop Astana and individual donations in boxes Foundation. Currently we are looking for new sponsors to continue the activities of Children’s Theatre in the new academic year.