Krasnodar, 29 March – Yug Times. Vera Velikanova, Honoured Artist of Russia, has for over thirty years been on the stage of the Krasnodar Drama Theatre. She has played dozens of bright and catchy roles. It seems that she lives on the stage rather than plays there. After each first night, the director and the spectators asserted that that was her best role, but Vera knows to surprise – and every time she opens up from a new side. Vera Velikanova is a third-generation actress. Her father, a theatre director, and mother, an actress, had wanted her to become an interpreter and enter a foreign languages faculty. But Vera decided differently: “However had my parents tried to fence me from theatre, I spent all my childhood behind the scenes.”
After secondary school, Vera Velikanova entered the Rostov Institute of Arts – without telling her parents. Her father learnt about it when the dean called him to say that his daughter had successfully passed the entrance exams.
“I remember my Dad telling me and the dean off – he even quarrelled with the dean for why they had enrolled me,” she recalls. Vera Velikanova is sure that actors must constantly develop and perfect their skills.
“It’s everyday studying and work – an actor must study always and from everybody – from people, from nature, and from life. However dramatically it may sound, there is always room for improvement – the sky is the limit. And this metaphoric ‘ceiling’ which an actor should be trying to reach must continuously go up. If actors have understood that they have achieved the ideal and they have nothing else to learn – they may retire at once.”
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