Miloš Růžička

Residents of Ráječko performed the comedy “A Night at Karlštejn Castle”

Hanka Průchová and Miloš Růžička and their team of volunteers engaged more than 60 other
residents of the town of Ráječko in organizing performances of the musical comedy “A Night at Karlštejn Castle”. The preparations, which took six months, brought together people who would otherwise never meet. Their efforts culminated in a premiere at the new firehouse with of audience of over 500 people.

Hanka Průchová moved to Ráječko, a village on the edge of the Moravian Karst region, eight years ago. A cultural industry project manager by profession, currently on maternity leave with two young children, she found moving to a rural area a natural step, despite some notes of surprise from her peers. Through her husband, a native of Ráječko, she met many people, including an incredible group from the association Ráječko Recreational Sports led by Miloš Růžička, chairman and community leader.
“Miloš is a fountainhead of ideas, so it’s no wonder that the idea of using the new firehouse and engaging and connecting local people through an ambitious theater performance came from him. Since he doesn’t have experience with copyrights and theater paperwork, he turned to me,” says Hanka. Talking led to action and soon both were fully immersed in preparing the musical comedy “A Night at Karlštejn Castle”.

When the theater company met for their first rehearsal in the winter, probably few of them could imagine all of the work ahead of them and what their audience might see in June. They gradually put together all of the specific elements of the performance: historical costumes were sewn, props were borrowed and bought, stage sets were created, rehearsals were held, equipment was calibrated and a live band practiced songs. After six months of preparations with 60 local volunteers, Miloš Růžička’s little idea came alive on June 22, 2019. The premiere, which took place outdoors at the new firehouse, drew an astonishing number of viewers – 550 in all. The theater project brought together a diverse group of people, many of whom had only known each other by sight previously. Hanka and Miloš put in a ton of time and energy, but got twice as much in return from their successful premiere.

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