China National Theatre for Children (CNTC)
Yue Yun，son of the famous Southern Song dynasty general Yue Fei, practiced martial art since childhood, and showed his extraordinary courage and exceptional martial skill at the age of 13. Since then, the young Yue Yun left his warm home, went to the battlefield entirely alone, joining the army followed his father.
Ten years honed in the battleground, Yue Yun had grown up, and become heroic and skilful in battle, and had powerful combat strength that strikes terror into the hearts of the enemy. But, it was at the critical period that recovered the central plains was just around the corner, the royal court issued 12 unexpected golden medals to order Yue's Army back to the dynasty from the battlefield. Instantly, decade long efforts were destroyed totally.
Joined the army since childhood, ten years military career in the battlefield, Yue Yun sacrificed his life heroically followed his father, died at a very young age of 23.
What showed in this drama is his regretless youth, his heroic life.
Musical Yue Yun has promoted the patriotic spirit of serving the country with supreme loyalty. It incorporates diversified artistic forms to tell the great historical story three-dimensionally.
Combining historical story, original music, beautiful dances, folk art, martial art and wonderful lines into the whole work, Musical Yue Yun presents a splendid and magnificent panorama of the history.
This drama used to be created and performed firstly by China National Theatre for Children in the year 1961, which had been watched by Comrade Deng Yingchao, wife of Premiere Zhou, who spoke highly of the show. In 1980, the play Yue Yun was recreated and performed again, the second version was also warmly welcomed by the audience. This time, the work was reproduced by CNTC in a completely new musical form, aimed at inheriting the classic drama to modern children in an acceptable way, helping them to learn more about China ancient history and to create ambition and build dream from childhood, promoting a better understanding of "China Dream", thus to deliver positive energy to all of the children.
Venue: CNTC - China Children Theatre
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Founded in 1956, China National Theatre for Children (CNTC) is the only national children's art troupe directly subordinated to the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China. The first president of CNTC was Ren Hong.
CNTC has borne the responsibility of inheriting, developing, creating and presenting excellent theatrical performances for the youth, played an important role of representing, demonstrating and guiding in national children's drama. For more than half a century, CNTC has dedicated numerous classic and diverse dramas for the audience and cultivated a large number of distinguished and outstanding artists and performers for children's drama, many of whom are winners of various prestigious art awards in China.
In the past 55 years, CNTC has produced and staged a great number of exquisite works, from ancient to modern, in China and abroad. Though CNTC is Beijing-based, the performance footprints were all over China, even Hong Kong and Taiwan. Besides, CNTC has been to abroad many times for culture and drama communicating, including Singapore, Japan, Korea, Australia, Mexico, America, India, Canada, Columbia, Mongolia, France, Thailand and Germany, etc.
Major works created by CNTC early years included Malan Flower, Family of Revolutionaries, The Young Guards, Yue Yun, The Newsboy, Here is the Yard, Twelve Months, Pavel Korchagin, Twinkling Stars, Goddess Patching the Sky-hole and The Moonlight Lullaby. The productions created in recent years are: Cookie Boy, The Little Tadpole Looks for its Mummy, Run, the Little Rabbit, The Dragon Child, Journey to the West, Pippi Long stocking, Sunbird, The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Turn, Turn, Turn, Little Jeep, Absolute Children, Aesop's Fables and Special Homework, Little Prince, The Frog Prince, Cat & Mouse, The little match girl, Adventure of Little Cloth, Final Wish, Chinese Story in pocket, Magic Boat, Three Monks, Peter Pan, Idiom Stories, etc.
China National Theatre for Children is the only state level theatre for children, which was named and inscribed by Comrade Soong Ching-ling. In 2005, on its fourth floor, a special small theatre called "Holiday Classic Theatre" was opened. The two various sized theatres are cross-echoed with classic children dramas presented to the audience every week. CNTC has already been the Art Palace of modern China children's drama.
An excellent Drama may have direct influence on the children’s life. CNTC will stick to the art principle; devote to developing more talents, producing new excellent dramas to achieve its goal that all for children. "Every child in China has the opportunity to watch children's dramas" is the persistent pursuit of CNTC.
The current president of CNTC is Mr. Yin Xiao dong; Mr. Lei Xining works as Party secretary; the Vice Presidents are also including Mrs. Feng Li，Mr. Shan Zeng hong and Mr. Li Xiao gang; Mr. Yang Fan is the Deputy Secretary of Party and Vice President.