A co-educational venture comprising 17 schools across India owned by India's largest pre-school chain, EuroKids -- is hosting a three-day children theatre festival called 'Footlights' 11-13 January 2013 at the Kalidas Auditorium in Mulund (West) in Mumbai. The Festival was inaugurated by Bollywood actor Kunal Kapoor.
'Footlights - The Children's Theatre Festival' is an innovative platform for anyone who's interested in culture and any form of performing or visual arts. It will feature three highly-acclaimed plays for children -- Jungle Book on 11th January, 'Suar Chala Space Ko' on 12th January and In the Cat House on 13th January.
The plays are curated and performed by a group called 'Theatre Professionals' which has been working in young people's theatre for the last 5 years.
Dr Natasha Mehta, Principal EuroSchool Airoli, said: "At EuroSchools, we always believe in going beyond the school boundaries and reaching out to the community in various ways. The purpose of the three-day theatre festival is to provide children with an experience that will help them develop a love and appreciation for theatre and the fine arts. The kids will be exposed to a rich plethora of both Indian and international drama and the event will provide a fulfilled experience that enables children to make creative connections. It will also provide families with healthy and educational entertainment."
Speaking at the Inaugural function, Chief Guest, actor Kunal Kapoor, said: "I readily accepted the invitation from EuroSchools when I heard about this event. It is an honour to be able to be part of a platform that encourages and promotes performing arts for kids. Performing arts have also proven to be a boon in helping children overcome anxiety and gain confidence. There is also evidence to suggest that getting involved in music, dance or drama can improve a child's intelligence levels because they learn so many new skills."
About the Plays
11th January 2013 - 8 pm
Jungle Book: The story of Mowgli
This is an extraordinary musical adventure with Mowgli, a boy raised by wolves in the jungle. With the help of his friends Baloo the Bear, Bageera the Black Panther and Kaa, the python; Mowgli is learning to survive as they teach him about the Laws of the Jungle. But the jungle is also the home of the most feared animal of all - Sher Khan, the dangerous man-eating tiger who has vowed to destroy Mowgli.
12th January 2012 - 5pm
'Suar Chala Space Ko': A hilarious play about a smelly pig and his friends
'Suar Chala Space Ko' is a hilarious play about a smelly pig and his friends who travel to outer space! Then a sudden encounter with aliens lands them in a big mess. The story touches upon friendship, adventure, owning up to your mistakes, taking responsibility and of course swine flu!
13th January 2013 - 5pm
In the Cat House: A story about a magical cat
A strange magical cat creeps into a young boy`s room every night. This would have been terrific, except that the cat doesn`t seem too friendly. But every cat has its soft spot. And once the boy figures that out, there`s no telling what magic awaits him!!!
Notes to Editor
India's largest pre-school chain with more than 880 pre-schools in 300 towns and cities, EuroKids is owned by EuroKids International Ltd. Since inception in 2001, EuroKids seeks to be the dominant player in the pre-school segment by offering the best educational experience to young students, with the focus on the surroundings and ambience of the school aimed at enhanced growth of each child.
Owned by EuroKids International Ltd, EuroSchool is a venture comprising co-educational schools enrolling pupils from LKG to Grade XII. EuroSchool is run on the philosophy of balanced schooling between academics and co-curriculum activities. The EuroSchool network comprises 17 schools across India, built on the motto of 'Learn... Explore... Discover yourself'.