"Alexander the Great and the cursed snake" in DC for Kids Euro Festival 2011!
The amazing shadow theater production headed by Cypriot teacher Charalambos Charalambous and his multi-talented son, Andreas,came to town to represent Cyprus at this year's largest and most diverse children's arts festival, "Kids Euro Festival, 2011."
The duo, which also took part in last year's Festival, did not cease to amaze and gave 7 stellar performances, 3 of which took place at schools in the District and Prince George's county and one of which was performed at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.
This year's performance, entitled "Alexander the Great and the cursed snake", recounted the story of the residents of a town during the Ottoman era, who face a big snake which threatens to topple the town's peace and quiet, cut off its town supply and kill villagers, among them the reigning Sultan's daughter. Desperate, the Sultan puts out a call for help, promising that whoever can kill the snake will get a big reward, and be allowed to marry his daughter. It’s Alexander the Great to the rescue — with the help of the illustrious protagonist Karagiozis but can they save the city?
The two also took part in a workshop which took place at the Palisades Library in DC, where they interacted with children and taught them how to construct shadow theater figures!
The performance can be viewed in its entirety here: http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/artists/?entity_id=66279&source_type=B