GAL CALDERON in ‘Lost and Found' 390.
(photo credit: Chaim Yosef)
There’s nothing like watching the face of a child full of anticipation at some
surprise about to be sprung on them. Presumably there will be lots of eye
spreading wonderment expressed at the Lost and Found (Mizvadot VeMetziot) show
at the forthcoming three-day Yaron Yerushalmi Kesem Shel Agada (Legend Magic)
Festival (August 13-15).
Lost and Found, which will be performed at 4:30
p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on August 13, was devised by Gal and Yaniv Calderon, who
trained at the Nisan Nativ acting school before founding the Hateiva Theater
which puts on children’s productions up and down the country. The show tells the
story of Nola, a bored train station employee who dreams about leading a happier
and more exciting life in some faraway place. And, as far as she is concerned,
the appearance of a Prince Charming wouldn’t be a bad thing either.
works in the perfect place for cultivating fantasies, the Lost and Found
department where all the wayward luggage ends up before being returned to its
rightful owners. For her, the multicolored suitcases, which date from the 1920s
and were carefully collated by the Calderons from flea markets, contain unseen
treasures and adventures.
Interestingly, there is also a show in the
Kesem Shel Agada lineup called the Land of the Lost Socks
, starring 80- year-old
Albert Cohen, so are things going a little awry at the festival? “Don’t forget
that the lost things later turn up,” observes Gal Calderon. In fact Lost and
is shot through with feel good vibes.
Calderon says there are
plenty of positive messages to be had in the show. “Nola feels that her life is
unexciting and she is waiting for something to happen to her, somewhere far off,
and that the happiness she seeks is somewhere beyond the horizon.
during the show, she discovers that the happiness is right here.” The moral of
the tale will surely not be lost on the children in the festival audience, nor
on their parents.
As to be expected from a show tailored for young
children, aged 4-10, Lost and Found
is a very visual affair. “It is an
experiential and highly colorful production, with lots of characters,” explains
Calderon, adding that there is also a go-with-theflow element to the tale too.
“A wizard turns up in a box, by mistake, but we quickly see there are no
mistakes, and the wizard tells Nola that things happen because they are the
right thing at the right time.” One can’t help hoping that the drivers among the
parents, who will accompany their little ones to the show, will bear that
particularly lesson in mind the next time they think of tailgating or honking
their horn when the driver in front of them fails to react to a traffic light
within 1.74 seconds of it turning green.
“The wizard gradually shows Nola
that goodness is right here in front of her, and she has goodness and wonderful
things inside her,” Calderon continues.
“Slowly but surely, Nola starts
to see how beautiful her life is, and while she has, the whole time, dreamt of
falling in love with someone from far away she sees there is someone right near
her who loves her.”
Kesem Shel Agada artistic director Michal Mor Haim
recently observed that today’s children are far more media-orientated than in
previous generations, and that, in terms of their entertainment choices, they
tend to mature far more quickly.
However, Calderon says that the Hateiva
Theater’s work is not impacted by this. “When I write a children’s show I never
define it as something for children,” she states. “I don’t set the bar higher or
lower. All the shows we do are for children, and also for the parents sitting
next to them. I would like them to go through the experience of the show
together, with each understanding the spectacle according to their own
Hateiva Theater productions, says Calderon, are tailored to
accommodate different degrees of maturity and understanding. “All our shows have
lots of messages and various levels to them, and everyone in the audience takes
whatever they want home with them from the shows.” She adds that patrons have
some work to do too. “We don’t spoon feed the children or the parents, and we
try to leave everyone we some food for thought.”
The age range at which
the Calderons aim Lost and Found
is intriguingly wide. “I think the show is also
suitable for 12 years olds,” says Gal. “I always set the bar high and we are not
scared of offering things with deeper meaning, and characters with deeper
aspects to them. Our shows are always very physical and there is a lot of humor,
of varying degrees of subtlety, some of which the younger children may not get,
but that’s fine. There is no danger of our productions challenging small
children to become prematurely sophisticated. We approach our work from a very
innocent angle, but I am also a great believer in not selling our audiences
short.”For tickets and more information about the Kesem Shel Agada
Festival: (03) 510-5656, www.suzannedellal.org.il and