Branko Završan and the ensemble
Let There Be Theatre!
Celje City Theatre
|06.04.2022||at 19:30||Prešeren Theatre Kranj, hall|
Song Lyrics: Branko Završan
Director: Ivana Djilas
Dramaturg: Alja Predan
Costume Designer: Jelena Proković
Music Arrangements: Blaž Celarec, Žiga Golob, Uroš Rakovec, Branko Završan
Vocal Coach: Iztok Kocen
Choreographer: Željko Božić
Language Consultant: Jože Volk
Lighting Designers: Ivana Djilas, Uroš Gorjanc
Žan Brelih Hatunić
Damjan M. Trbovc
About the performance
Let There Be Theatre! – is a title of our new production paying tribute to the illustrious seventieth birthday of our theatre. This quasi-biblical call is even more meaningful at a time when theatres have been closed for almost a year and inaccessible to the public. But we believe that our prison sentence is slowly coming to an end and that people will soon be able to sit in their theatre seats, with their eyes, ears and hearts open, and absorb the artistic nectar we are all craving for.
Let There Be Theatre! is a musical-theatrical performance that takes us to "the last dress rehearsal for the premiere of the missed celebration of our theatre’s seventieth anniversary last year ... with guests". This is how we subtitled the show. It actually says it all. The event should have taken place on 6 December, 2020, exactly 70 years after the day when the Municipal People's Committee issued a decree on the establishment of the Celje City Theatre. That is when the professional course of our theatre began. Notably, the amateur theatre society had operated in Celje long before that; its first performance in the Slovenian language was documented on 16 September, 1849, which is more than a hundred years before the official establishment of professional theatre. Celje is therefore one of the pioneer cities of Slovenian theater, which we are and should be proud of.
"Let There Be Theatre! does a great job highlighting the key specifics of the Celje theatre: openness to the youngest generation of actors who don’t wait around for roles but act in fantastic productions for children and young adults; and, yes, a strong (noble) comedy."
(Petra Vidali, Večer, 27 October 2021)
The production is 1 hour and 40 minutes long and has no interval.