The reconstruction of the theater began six years ago in preparation for the 1150th anniversary of Smolensk. The works, worth about 120 million rubles were financed from the regional budget.
On Thursday in Smolensk ended long reconstruction of the building of the regional puppet theater named after Dmitry Svetilnikova, and his first audience — adults and children — with great pleasure seeing the play "Hello Bonjour! Hallow".
Unremarkable until recently the building to date has found a brand new, "fabulous" appearance, the theater appeared large and small stage, the troupe, however, according to the director Vladimir Lappa, while too small — only 12 people, but it is hoped that it will be able to expand by the young actors.
— This is a welcome event for our team, which, of course, has sat idle, and for the whole city, — said Vladimir Lappa. — We have a great doll house with two scenes with modern equipment and special effects. Of course, in Smolensk long waited for, and we are opening the season with two premieres — puppet show "Hello Bonjour! Hallow", which put the chief director of the Bryansk puppet Paul Akinin and Alexei Tolstoy tale "The Golden Key, or the Adventures of Pinocchio." And on September 28 we are waiting for a visit to Mogilev touring puppet theater.
Puppet theater appeared in Smolensk in 1937. It was created by the department of regional management platform on the Arts, and the first director of the newly established cultural institutions was Dmitry Fixtures. The creative activity of the theater since then interrupted only during the occupation of Smolensk, and even then not for long: in September 1944, the work of the regional children’s puppet theater in Smolensk resumed. In recent history, the theater experienced hard times, wandered through various rooms, but their activities are not interrupted. The second significant break in the theater work was completed along with the reconstruction of its building on Dzerzhinsky Street.
Under the leadership of Dmitry Svetilnikova in the theater was delivered more than a hundred performances, and the director of Smolensk — one of the first in Russia — began to work not only for children but for adults, using the works of Carlo Gozzi, Anton Chekhov and Alexei Tolstoy. In June 2006 the Smolensk Regional Puppet Theater was named after its first director. Foyer opened today a new doll house is decorated with a portrait of him.