New Year‘s is a time when the most secret of dreams come true and miracles occur. It’s up to the adults to see to it that their kids’ dreams come true. So they did a few days ago, when hundreds of children from all over Russia arrived in Moscow to get presents from Ded Moroz (Grandpa Frost) and see Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker at the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre. For more than one hundred years, kids across the globe have been mesmerised by this lovely fairytale. All dream that, one day, Drosselmeyer will walk in, bring the toys on the Christmas tree to life, and present the toy Nutcracker, the brave prince, who fearlessly fights evil. The children who came to watch The Nutcracker at the Moscow Bolshoi were orphans or disabled. For them, it’s particularly important to believe that good will take the upper hand at last and defeat evil. Madina is a school student who underwent a serious operation recently. “It was my long-time dream to visit the Moscow Bolshoi, and, now, this dream came true. I want to get well and live a normal life. This fairytale, The Nutcracker, I liked it so much because it took my mind off my problems and I forgot all about my illness for some time. When you know you’re going to a concert, you anticipate it, and you get so emotional that you forget about the bad things”.
Volodya Kondratiev, who is seriously ill too, liked the Prince, the Nutcracker, for his audacity and wants to be like the character. “New Year’s is one of my favourite holidays and I’m happy I came to see the ballet. I liked it so much. The dancers are superb and the costumes and settings are out of this world. Tchaikovsky’s music is divine; it pumps up your spirits”. Volodya’s mother, Natalia, said, “The organisers did a good deed and The Nutcracker has turned into the most ‘delicious’ of remedies. The kids are smiling, and that makes us adults happy. The doctors too, notice that shows of this kind leave the kids in better health. Back in hospital, their condition improves radically, which, the doctors say, is due to psychological, not medical, factors. A child sees something captivating and this elevates his mood and improves his condition”. Thousands of children who need help will be surrounded by particular care and attention this New Year. Moscow alone will hold hundreds of charity concerts and shows with presents and all cities across Russia will donate what best they have to these children.
25 December 2008
Voice of Russia World Service