The Julio Otoni children have just one more week of rehearsals before their debut performance of Cinderella. They have been busy practising lines, choreography and songs, not to mention raiding wardrobes across the community for play props, in preparation for two performances next weekend.
The first performance will take place at 6pm on April 5th in the Julio Otoni community centre, followed by a jumble sale and cake sale to raise funds for the project. The second performance will take place at 6pm on April 6th in Casa 579, an ethical bed and breakfast in Santa Teresa that has been working with the Julio Otoni Project from the outset. Casa 579 has supported Julio Otoni since 2006 by helping to coordinate international volunteers wishing to dedicate their time and skills to the project.
The Cinderella Project was launched by volunteers taking part in a work exchange at Casa 579, who aim to teach the Julio Otoni children English through theatre, music and movement. Their version of Cinderella is a traditional fairy tale with a Brazilian twist, featuring special appearances by the Brazilian popstar Thiaguinho as Prince Charming and Lady Gaga as the Fairy Godmother, culminating in a lively Baile Funk where Cinderella loses her Havaiana. The play is set in Julio Otoni and incorporates many of the children’s own ideas, as well as what they have been learning in classes at the community centre over the last five weeks.
To raise money for the project, volunteers are charging R$10 for the Saturday performance at Casa 579, where guests will also be able to buy recycled art made by local artists living in Julio Otoni. All proceeds will go to the Julio Otoni Project.
If you are interested in making a donation to the Julio Otoni Project, check out our site on Global Giving.
If you are interested in volunteering at Julio Otoni, click here for more information.