I did a show about Chechen theatre today. I really have never been that into plays – they always seemed so boring to me. However, this was one of the best times I’ve had filming a show. Everyone on the cast of this play had great attitudes and were really good actors.
The year is 1935 – the revolution is over. I am playing the role of a peasant girl named Kelisat who lives in the highlands of Chechnya. I am from a poor illiterate family and have just received a degree. I can read and write. No one else in my family can. All the guys in the village want to marry me.
Kelisat ( AKA Chrystal ) I am nervous and worried I won’t be able to pronounce my lines in Chechen .
Rehearsing with Khava Akmadova ( director of this theatre group ) and other actors.
In this scene, I am proving to my family that I can write their names – they are so impressed – because none of my family can write their own names.
This is me and Khava Akmadova. She is also a singer and has a TV show on Grozny TV called Daimokh.
My next scene: I am going to the stream to get water. I have called all the guys that are in love with me there. I want to tell them all that I am getting married and that they should stop bugging me.
But..they continue to profess their love, sometimes trying to give me gifts.
And…some offer me a wonderful life. However, I have already made my decision and I leave them all standing there. I pick up my water jug and go home.
The cast of the play.
This is Kameta – she is the girl that plays the part of Kelisat ( I just took her spot for today )
Cool day – acting is fun !