HAPPY 190th BIRTHDAY TO THE NATIONAL THEATER MISKOLC – HUNGARY

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The National Theater of Miskolc was Hungary’s first indoor theater spoken the language of the country.

Where …  1. Déryné Street – Miskolc.

Just about 190 years ago on August, 24. 1823 opened its doors to the public. To honor this illustrious anniversary, the Miskolc National Theater held a full-day unforgettable „190th YEAR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION” on Saturday, September 1. 2013. The program started as the clock hit the 10 a.m. with fanfare in the windows around the Déryné park and the countdown by tens went from 190 to open the celebration to the National Theater of Miskolc 190 years of existence. Then step-by-step at the theater’s entrance platform theater members came and gave a short performance and roles of the company’s past and recent repertoire. Yet, this time the comedy was not missing in their show-off.

As the clock hit the 10 a.m. fanfare in the windows around the Déryné park and the countdown by tens went from 190 to open the celebration to the National Theater of Miskolc 190 years of existence.

Then step-by-step at the theater’s entrance platform artist members came and gave a short performance of their past and recent plays. At first, the  opening sentence was Tatars in Hungary, by Attila Béres.

One of the most attractive scene was brought by the play of Shakespeare “To be or not to be” … a’la 6 great monologue clash, directed by Csaba Kiss.

Back-in-time with the remembering actress and actor Ms. Éva Ruttkai and Mr. Zoltán Latinovits meeting at Miskolc, narrator Artúr Szöcs.

Following, theatrical gestures, by Mr. László Keszég.

What should we take against pneumonia? … by Mr. Máté Szabó. Summoning Déryné and yellow beetle.

Dance-music … back-time-time, Mr. Gábor Rusznyák.

An hour before noon, at 11 a.m., game-time … kids time … hullabaloo kids:  Table-tennis, theatrical makeup for girls and boys,  animals costume, fashion show.

As they say … Long live those who from time-to-time have some rest! Sun beds and parasols, refreshments and of course the famous local beer, the „Korty”, at the locally brewery and other Borsodi beer were to please and add a little rest for the parents.

3 p.m. Street Party with the members of the Miskolc Ballet.

4 p.m. Staying by the figures to the year 1823 of the National Theater opening, came the running race of 1823-meters. Individuals, beside the theater members fasten their running shoes and off they went for a run of 1823 meters in distance. The distance was twice the length to-and-from the stage entrance door. The winner of the race received two-tickets to an evening’s performance.

Usually, when you receive an invitation to join and celebrate a birthday party, you carry a gift. Here at Miskolc, the National Theater presented more than one gift to its faithful audience of their repertoire. What a day… four plays in a row in one day from their last season was brought on stage: The Garret, The Bald Soprano, Hamlet, Play it again, Sam! and the one-time played, Carmen in ballet.

As the day turned into the night, getting close to the end of the 1st. of September, 190 piece of candles were brought to the entrance, under the arcades of the theater, whereas a serenade by the Symphonic Orchestra of Miskolc, conducted by Mr. Ádám Cser was held beside the candlelight. Was a splendid, unforgettable day for locals, individuals from other regions of Hungary and the tourist in town spending time, seeing how the Hungarians partied, celebrated the 190 years old National Theater.

I hope by the time you read this update to the bottom line you will also wish to be a part and have seats at the Miskolc National Theater’s one or more than one of their plays, musicals, opera and so forth, if not you’ll pretty sure miss something awesome performances to see. Aware it is not fair to mention only one of the day’s gift show, but cannot hold back the superb show by the actor Mr. László Görög, as Allan Félix, in the play of Woody Allen … Play it again, Sam. Many of us witnessed a unique show directed by Mr. Attila Béres with the great scenes brought on stage by the production designer Mr. Balázs Horesnyi .

Was a splendid, unforgettable day for locals, individuals from other regions of Hungary and  indeed for those tourists being at the right place in the right time, being in the hustle at the City of Miskolc.

Here is a couple of shots into  the day’s  celebration:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFnM2a_PRXw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOcLok5Hi9E

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsyMD01Hu1k

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AR1t7ToB254

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TP-M5PKtRvI

Thanks goes out for the invitation and the lovely day …  wishing at least another 190 years ahead …

Happy Birthday National Theater Miskolc!

Update, snaps, video: Aggie Reiter

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