«Perhaps he will be an actor»
In the past
Today, in the village of Krasnoillya, the small wooden house of the Hutsul Theater of Hnat Khotkevych is first and foremost a unique center for capturing the customs, folklore and ancient traditions of the Ukrainian Hutsuls. Everything is based on the enthusiasm of local actors and co-creators, for whom the promotion of their culture is a matter of the whole lifetime. The theater troupe consists of 26 adults and 11 children. Volodymyr Sinitovych says that the senior actors of the theater, in addition to their favorite occupation, have a lot of household chores, especially in spring and autumn. Therefore, it is not always possible to get together, to create a new performance. The last big performance in the full force of the third generation of actors took place on Christmas Eve, January 13, 2007. There also performed those actors who are no longer alive.
Going back to its history, it was in this building in 1908 that the Hutsul Theater, headed by the Ukrainian writer, playwright, and intellectual Hnat Khotkevych, first operated. The premises of the inconspicuous house were then built at the expense of the villagers primarily as a house of culture. There was also a reading room. And Hnat Khotkevych himself managed to turn a small center into a unique theatrical phenomenon, which was later admired not only in Ukraine but also in Poland and Russia. He united and gathered around him the progressive youth of that time, united them and taught them new theatrical practices. Today, the Hutsul Theater of Hnat Khotkevych in Krasnoillia also has a public museum, and since 2004 the museum has been awarded the title of “people`s”.