Vietnamese theaters are offering a range of unique and captivating art programs and plays to entertain and educate children during the summer holidays. One such example is the Vietnam National Drama Theater in Hanoi, which has organized a special art series titled “Magical Journey.” This series includes three plays: “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “Return of the Dragon Gods,” and “The Super Hero Squad.”

“The Emperor’s New Clothes” is an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairy tale. The play incorporates witty dialogue and educational elements through a variety of performance styles, including drama, pantomime, dancing, singing, and music, enhanced by stunning light effects. At its core, the play imparts a valuable lesson on the importance of honesty.

Xuan Bac, the People’s Artist and Director of the Vietnam National Drama Theater, shared his insights on the choice of Andersen’s tales: “Andersen’s fairy tales have captivated children worldwide. We collaborated with Japanese Director Hiroyuki Muneshige, who brought his unique vision to life in just two months. The play’s contemporary narrative style ensures it remains engaging for young audiences, as the director skillfully weaves together dancing, choreography, mime, music, and light shows, creating a stylized and captivating performance.”

Meanwhile, the Vietnam Circus Federation presented their own circus play, “Dream of the Fairy Age.” This performance was divided into three distinct scenes: “Childhood Memories,” “Hard Struggle,” and “Future Light.” It transported children to a dream world where they could interact with their favorite superheroes. The themes of courage, unity, and collective strength shone through, emphasizing the power to overcome challenges, defeat evil, and uphold justice.

The Youth Theater also joined the summer festivities with a diverse range of plays, including “The Story of the Seagull and the Cat Who Taught Her to Fly,” “The Goblin Child,” “The Swans,” and the newest addition, “Elsa’s Party,” masterfully directed by Tran Le Chien.

Le Anh Tuyet, the Meritorious Artist and Head of the Music and Dance Troupe of the Youth Theater, emphasized the allure of musicals for children: “Musicals have a unique appeal to children, as they combine captivating songs and dances with clear, educational messages. Our performances aim to stimulate children’s creativity and discovery, inspiring their dreams through humorous and fun stories infused with valuable lessons.”

Theaters in Ho Chi Minh City have also risen to the occasion, presenting a plethora of vibrant and distinctive art programs and plays to captivate young audiences. One notable example is the Hong Hac Stage, which debuted the play “My Little Angel,” directed and scripted by the talented Viet Linh. This heartwarming story is adapted from a longer tale by the renowned writer Nguyen Nhat Anh.

Additionally, the IDECAF Drama Theater launched a magical program called “Once Upon a Time 35,” featuring the main play, “The Adventures of Sinbad – Legend of the Magic Eye.” This production proved immensely popular, with packed houses for the 17 shows presented in May, and an additional 16 shows scheduled for June.

Ban Mai Stage and San Khau Nho Theater have become beloved destinations for children during the summer. My Uyen, the People’s Artist and Director of the San Khau Nho Theater, reflected on the impact of these performances: “Summer theatrical shows leave a lasting impression on both children and their parents. Our productions convey profound educational messages through simple stories, and we’re thrilled to offer these enriching experiences to families.”

Beyond entertainment, these summer theater performances instill valuable lessons in children, emphasizing the importance of unity, teamwork, and self-improvement. They inspire young audiences to embrace challenges, appreciate the strength of family bonds, and cultivate a sense of courage and justice.