Watched a play at Rangasankara with colleagues. The proceeds they said, would go to an NGO for children, Dream a Dream. It was like a school annual day function and we really enjoyed it. The play was based on a story from the Panchatantra. Many kids in the audience were so involved with the play and were screaming out ‘yes’ and ‘nos’ and replying to queries when the cast posed them questions. We laughed all the way seeing them answer. Theatre is really doing well in Bangalore. Best part about Rangasankara is that the tickets are moderately priced and the play starts dot on time. Nobody is allowed to enter after the play starts.
Talking about kids and plays, my colleague shared her experience as a parent when her child participated for a play in his school. It seems he had to be a Banyan tree. All he had to do was stand behind the prop and put his face out of the tree. She bought cardboards, drew, made cut outs, painted, hung jute ropes for the roots and finally, it was ready. After all that effort, the Banyan tree stood in one corner of the stage with her son’s face popping out quietly. Even after the play, she did not have the heart to do away with the Banyan tree and retained it in her house for a very long time.
Moral of the story: Do not ignore the vegetables and the trees in children’s plays. They are the hard work of the parents.