Academic Ukrainian Music and Drama Theatre

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23 Unity Street, Poltava, Ukraine
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A Great Theatrical Stage Mar 05, 2018
The Academic Ukrainian Music and Drama Theatre is named after Nikolay Gogol. It is the main and the oldest theatrical stage of Poltava region. The date of his birth of Poltava Theater is considered to be 1808, when the Poltava Free Theater was opened in the city. The theater was directed by Ivan Kotliarevsky since 1818. The new building was erected for the theater in 1901 and was called the House of Education. That building suffered during the Second World War.

In 1958, the theater received a new building that stands in the main street now. In 2006, a monument to the legendary Marousia Churai was unveiled in the square in front of the theater. The monument was nicknamed as the Monument to the Ukrainian Song.

On April 14, 2006, the sculpture of Marousia Churai adorned the area near Gogol Regional Academic Music and Drama Theatre at 23 Gogol Street.

This symbolic monument is dedicated to the immortal Ukrainian folk song which is embodied by the legendary figure of a talented Poltava song composer Marousia Churai who lived in the first half of the 17th century (1625-1653). The monument is 3.5 meters tall, it was cast in concrete, and its upper layer is made of copper. The monument is located in the downtown area in Theater Square, near the fountain, in front of the Ukrainian Academic Music and Drama Theatre.

The monument was erected to commemorate the folk stories and legends about a young lady from Poltava named Marusia. The lady had a voice of extraordinary beauty and a talent for composing songs that became folk songs afterwards. According to numerous polls, Marusia monument is one of the most popular new monuments in Poltava.

Marousia Churai was a Ukrainian folk poet, a singer and a composer. She is a legendary Ukrainian heroine. She was born in Poltava in 1625. Her father Hordiy was an honest and brave Cossack, who enjoyed respect among the Poltavites. He took part in the campaigns against the Polish gentry.

He was executed in Warsaw after the army of the Polish Crown Hetman Potocki had captured him. After the death of Hordiy Churai, his wife Agraphena stayed with her daughter Marousia, who, according to a popular legend, had a charming appearance, a beautiful voice and was good at singing her self-composed songs which she sued to compose almost constantly and on different occasions. She was known to express her thoughts in a poetic form even in a simple conversation. Ivan Iskra, a registered Cossack of Poltava Regiment, fell in love with her.

But Marousia loved the son of the Poltava Regiment cornet Hrytsko (Gregory) Bobrenko who later betrayed her and married another lady. Marousia, because of his betrayal, even tried to drown herself in the River Vorskla, but she was rescued by Ivan Iskra, who happened to be nearby.

One day Marousia was invited to a party in the home of one of her friends, Melasia Barabash. There, she met her former sweetheart Gregory again who had come to the party with his young wife. That meeting was fatal. Marousia composed a song "Oh, do not go to parties, Hryts".

Maroussia poisoned her sweetheart. The court sentenced the young lady to death for that. But her life was saved by the decree of Hetman of Ukraine Bohdan Khmelnytsky who ordered to release Marousia "in memory of the heroic death of his father, and for the sake of the beautiful songs that she composed". Maroussia Chrai died of tuberculosis in 1653 in Poltava, shortly after the pardon.

The name of Mary Churai is associated with 23 songs that she composed and that became very popular. Among them, the most famous are "At the end of the dam, willow-trees make noise", "The willow is abundant in the garden", "Oh, in the field, the wind blows", "I sowed little cucumbers", "The Cossack got up at dawn".

Mykhailo Stelmakh, a Ukrainian poet, wrote about Maroussia Churai, "She put all her loving heart into her unsurpassed songs that are now eagerly crying in our hearts and striking us with the depth and the sincerity of the feeling expressed in them, with the perfection of the form, the charm of melodies ..."

Lina Kostenko, the famous modern Ukrainian poet and writer, dedicated her historical novel in verses to Maroussia Churai.
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