Stories give wings to a child’s imagination and theatre brings those very story to life; making it a more reactive experience for the kids. To see and hear the characters they have read about is a wonderful opportunity to understand the nuances of the story.
The staging of The Gruffalo, a popular tale by Julia Donaldson, at the Leon’s World Centre for Holistic Learning and Development on the 1st of July was a big hit with the kids and their parents. In fact, over 150 children and their parents came to watch the play and given the capacity of the hall, it was staged twice to ensure that no one missed out on this excellent opportunity.
Shreedevi Sunil of the The Talking Turtles Storytellers presented the story using puppets. The audience was spell bound as she used the animal puppets as an interesting visual storytelling tool to unfold the tale of the clever little mouse who manages to outwit a fox, an owl, a snake and finally even the Gruffalo, an animal who is half grizzly bear, half buffalo. Her amazing voice modulation to portray the voices of the different animals was an art in itself and really had the kids hanging on to every word.
Leon’s World Centre makes it a point to bring interesting new theatre performances to Rustomjee Urbania every month. The benefits of theatre on the minds of children are many, not least being the fact that they are enjoying themselves and being entertained beyond the realm of electronic media. This is one instance where they are actually happy to be ‘unplugged’.