China National Theatre for Children (CNTC)
At the Mountain of Flower and Fruit off the shore of East China Sea, Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, burst out from a stone and named himself the "Great Sage Equaling Heaven". In order to obtain the Magic Sea-Fixing Pin in the submarine Dragon Palace, the Monkey King broke into the Palace, teased the Dragon King and finally won the "As-You-Will Gold-Banded Cudgel". This annoyed the Dragon King, who sued the Monkey King to Heaven. The Jade Emperor intended to tame the Monkey King and conferred him a position in Heaven. But the Monkey King was not induced by the title. Rather, he made havoc in heaven. Helpless, the Jade Emperor invited the Tagathe Buddha to subdue the Monkey King, and the Tagathe Buddha put the Monkey King under the Five Elements Mountain.
Monk Tang passed by the Five Elements Mountain on his pilgrimage journey to the west. Monk Tang helped the Monkey King out and the Monkey King began to escort him to go to the west for Buddhist scriptures. Then the two arrived at Village Gao where they managed to help the Grand Master Gao to rescue Miss Gao Cuilan and Monk Tang received Pigsy as his disciple. Then, the master and his disciples came to the River of Sand. The overwhelming yellow sandstorms blocked their way. Realizing that he could not realized his mission, Monk Tang could not help bursting into tears. At that point, Sandy appeared in the river, volunteered to become Monk Tang's disciple, and put down the yellow sandstorm by his magic. Sandy led them to tide over the river safe and sound. Since then, pulling the White Dragon Horse, the master and disciples embarked on their long journey to the west, which was danger-ridden and blocked by evils and demons.
This play is adapted from Journey to the West, one of the four greatest novels of Chinese classical literature. It is the first stage series on the stage of Chinese drama and child play.
The stage presentation of this play integrates music, dance, kung fu and lines into a whole. Combining singing, chanting, acting, acrobatic fighting can be described as complete in every line. It is a brand-new type of myth play which creates a novel and dreamlike mood. The play is not only pleasurable for young children to watch, but also able to meet the aesthetic needs of the parents bringing their children to the theatre.
It also contains hip-pop designed in accordance to movements of a monkey and raps with strong sence of tempo. In this way, Monkey King's free personality, his love of freedom and his omnipotence are depicted vividly. This drama has been elected as "State-level Fine Stage Arts with Government Funds, 2009-2010". It won Award of National Theatre Culture and Gold Lion for Children's Drama (2007-2010).
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.