The first interactive multimedia show 'Number One Fairy Tale' in the Fairy Tale Theatre

This is the first interactive multimedia show which uses a unique technology that allows the audience to interact with the characters and even influence the course of the performance.

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The premiere, 'Number One Fairy Tale', is intended for children aged 3 to 12. But due to the use of unique multimedia technologies, the show will as well leave an unforgettable impression on adults.

The show will tell an exciting story of Zmei Drakonych, a warrior and a princess. The rendition will represent a modern take on the classic Russian fairy tale. The scenery and props will be combined with 3D graphics and motion capture technology. This method of animating characters and objects is used in the production of cartoons and the creation of special effects in films. During the show, actors control the movements of the fairytale characters on the big screen. Their facial expressions are tracked with a special camera, and their gestures—with a sensor. This makes it possible to simulate the image of the animated characters on the screen in real time.

Moreover, the renovated VDNH Pavilion No. 9 ('Young Technicians') now features an array of bright decorations, which has turned the theatre into a huge photo area where children and parents can snap wonderful pictures.

The entrance to the pavilion will have visitors in awe of the artistically styled gigantic books. The immersion in the fairytale atmosphere will follow them into the lobby, which is decorated to look like a forest border. A magic wish-fulfilling oak will be installed centrally. There will be an 'ear' on the trunk of this green giant, so you can whisper your most cherished dream and then press the special button. Each wish is registered on a meter, and the number is displayed on the screen on top of the oak. Here, children will also meet a huge animatronic, a mobile decoration shaped like a dragon. Its three heads will look out from under their crowns, open their mouths, exhale smoke and sometimes lift their glasses and show fiery eyes.

There will be an 'Enchanted Mushrooms' installation nearby where visitors can chat with an interactive 'Talking Mushroom'. The 90-centimetre tall mushroom will speak: touch it, and it will say 1 of 16 amusing lines.

The staple of the Fairy Tale Theatre is that it won't have boring ushers and a half-asleep cloakroom attendant because all employees are characters from books and fairy tales. For example, a wolf will take visitors' coats, and the pre-show programme will be performed by animators dressed in skomorokh harlequin costumes.

Each performance will be unique in its own way as the plot is subject to change based on the reaction of visitors. Visitors will perform tasks and solve Drakonych's puzzles. Their answers will also have a bearing on the plot. The duration of the performance is 60 minutes. The bill currently only lists 'Number One Fairy Tale', but there are plans to expand the repertoire in the future. The first spectators will include children from Moscow orphanages—they will receive invitations to the performances.

Tickets for the premiere shows are already available at the pavilion's ticket office from 10 am to 6 pm. In addition, you can take advantage of the Friend of VDNH programme: present a previously purchased ticket for any event in Winter City or the Cosmonautics and Aviation Centre at VDNH, and you will be eligible for a discount ticket to the Fairy Tale Theatre.

LOCATION: Pavilion No. 9 Young Technicians.
APRIL: Thursday and Friday: at 12.30 pm, 2.00 pm (12 April: 11 pm, 12.30 pm, 25 April: Theatre is closed, 26 April: 12.30 pm, 2.00 pm, 3.30 pm). Saturday: at 11.00 am, 12.30 pm, 2.00 pm, 3.30 pm, 5.00 pm. Sunday: at 11.00 am, 12.30 pm, 2.00 pm, 3.30 pm (27–28 April: 11.00 am, 12.30 pm, 2.00 pm, 3.30 pm, 5.00 pm, 6.30 pm).
ADMISSION: The ticket price for spectators five years old and over is 600 roubles. Spectators up to four years old can attend for free without a separate seat when accompanied by an adult with a ticket. Tickets with a 25% discount are available for retired persons, veterans of World War II, people with disabilities and limited mobility, members of large families.