New life "Kalina Red" from the theater of Nadezhda Babkina
Director Dmitry Petrun took up the production and for the first time it was presented at the end of last year in Moscow. And now the theater has gone on tour to Siberian cities, to the home places of Vasily Shukshin. One of the first after the metropolitan audience staged saw Kemerovchane. The performance was a full house.
In the original film, the role of Lyuba was played by Vasily Makarovich's wife, Lydia Fedoseyev-Shukshin, in the play she is played by the daughter of Shukshin Maria. The actress and TV host known throughout the country made her debut on the theatrical stage precisely in Kalina Krasnaya. This is her first performance, and her first tours took place in Siberia. She used to say in an interview that she didn’t like theater, because it was “not her art form,” but Maria couldn’t refuse to work in this production - her favorite story created by her father and a team of professionals did their job. In an interview after the premiere, she told that it was very important for her to play a role and give a new life to this famous story.
On the stage, besides Shukshina, there are really famous faces. Immediately two roles are performed by Nadezhda Babkina. And she not only plays the role, but, of course, sings, dances, and, as usual, with all her infinite energy sets the scene and tone for everything, without which Babkin cannot be imagined.
Together with Shukshina, Andrei Merzlikin plays. He easily gives the role of Yegor Prokudin. Behind Merzlikin’s shoulders, there are many roles of such a plan, although, of course, he is unlikely to succeed in replaying Shukshin himself.It is worth paying tribute to Merzlikin, he does not try to copy Shukshy Prokudin, but makes his image his own, a little different from the screen.
The rest of the cast is no less recognizable - Sergey Nikonenko, Natalya Egorova, Vyacheslav Manucharov, Alexander Kogan.
It is worth noting that the creators of the play decided on a serious step, since all the audience in this situation will compare the production with the film. But the production was able to cope with this responsibility, largely due to the large-scale scenery, music and dance, which, in principle, are characteristic of the Russian Song Theater and are its hallmark.
The performance turned out to be long, more than three hours with an intermission. But all this time flies completely unnoticed. The audience does not have time to get bored or think, they are transferred to the Altai, they empathize with the heroes, they laugh. Humor staged enough. In the new play, it was possible to preserve the light and life-affirming humor of Shukshin, of whom there are so many in the original Kalina Red.