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Easter Sunday is all about Salubong and Easter Egg Hunt. Others see it as a chance for renewal as they celebrate the resurrection of the Lord.  But there is a new kind of way to renew thyself people! Think DRAMA.

On Sunday, April 5, the Humanist Alliance Philippines International, Inc. presents a drama therapy session through Confidence Through Theater Workshop at iChill Theater Cafe.  It will be conducted by critically-acclaimed theater actor Kuya Manzano who is willing to share his own experience as a performer. On what this free workshop can do, he said,

“This is to build confidence as human beings thru theater. I was very shy as a teenager until I got on stage daily and built it kuya-manzano1up.  I train my staff in theater, our customers at the cafe grow thru the open mic daily in fornt of our eyes. I’ve trained office people into theater giving them happiness and confidence.  This is for your backpack for your entire life.  In England everyone goes thru theater from childhood in order to build them as humans and learn so so many things:

– There is a moment to talk and a moment to listen
– You are the owner of your emotions and use them as you please
– Know how to read other people without even talking to them: who they are and what they want
– Body language techniques
– Projection
– Public speaking
– Be more attractive and succesful

Soooo many things.  This is a pilot experience and hope we can make it progress.  It’s totally free to join. Give it a try!  Welcome to the theater world!”

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn and help yourself gain confidence.

The workshop will be held at 3:00PM to 5:00PM.

For more information, you may visit iChill Theater Cafe FB Page or their website www.ichilltheatercafe.com.

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Got nothing to do this SUMMER? Well, it’s time to unleash the PERFORMER in you!

9 WORKS THEATRICAL (producers of hit musicals RENT, SWEET CHARITY, GREASE, THE LAST 5 YEARS & LA CAGE AUX FOLLES) and The ROCKWELL CLUB bring you STAGE CAMP 2015!

From APRIL 6 until MAY 22, 2015 (Monday to Friday for 7 weeks)
Kiddie & Pre-Teen Camp (5-11yrs old) 1-3pm / 12-3pm
Teen Camp (12-17 yrs old) 4-6pm / 4-7pm
Adult Camp (18 yrs old & above) 7-9pm / 7-10pm

Workshop Venue: The Loft, Rockwell Club, Rockwell Center, Makati City

Culminating showcases will be at the CPR Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City on:
May 23, 2015/Sat – Adult Camp
May 24, 2015/Sun – Kiddie & Pre-Teen Camp and Teen Camp

For more information call 0917-5545560, 586-7105 or email us at info@9workstheatrical.com.

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Broadway musical lovers are in for a special evening as DITO: Bahay ng Sining holds Broaday Open Mic on April 25.  Meet fellow theater fans and guests who will be singing your favorite Broadway songs.

Registration starts at 6pm, event starts at 7pm to 11pm. PHP 150 per ticket inclusive of 1 free drink and 1 song slot accompanied live by our pianist.
For tickets, please contact: 0922-870-2145; 0922-872-0651; 0923-224-4707
Invite your friends!
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Thank God for Spotify, Broadway musical enthusiasts don’t need to go too far looking for songs to download or listen to. And yes, this is so like God’s gift to us, who want to be lulled and serenaded by our favorite Broadway singers.  I never let time pass by without listening to Scott Alan’s collection or star those haunting tunes from Jekyll and Hyde.  So here’s my top picks of Broadway collection.  Go listen to them and know why Broadway songs still rock.

1. Scott Alan Live Special Edition

The “Special Edition” boasts remastered tracks as well as three bonus tracks featuring Samantha Barks (Eponine in the forthcoming “Les Miserables” movie), Oliver Tompsett (We Will Rock You in the West End), Nathan James (currently touring with the Trascottalanns-Siberian Orchestra) and David Hunter (Seussical in the West End).

You’ve got to listen to: 

1. Surrender- sung by Melissa van der Schyff featuring Paul Vazquez

2. Now- sung by Laura Osnes (though I love Jon Groff’s version from Dreaming Wide Awake album)

3. Look (A Rainbow)- sung by Lea Salonga

2. Broadway The Musicals

This is a cornucopia of all your favorite Broadway tunes!  From Wicked to your favorite Disney on Braodway musicals, this playlist is sure to elate your spirit.  Complete songs from one Broadway production. What more is you lookin for?

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You’ve got to listen to:

1. Book of Mormon

2. Beauty and the Beast (including songs that you haven’t heard from the animated version)

3. Les Miserables

3. Broadway’s Greatest Leading Men

theaterBroadway crooners unite in this special catalogue.  Listen to familiar tunes like “The Impossible Dream” or the classic “Too Close For Comfort.”

You’ve got to listen to:  

1. Luck Be A Lady

2. The Impossible Dream

3. They’re Playing Our Song

4. Newsies (Original Broadway Cast)

Since I’m a Jeremy Jordan fan, I have to include this one. And yes, this musical has a lot of uplifting songs, only when you are in the mood for fighting what is truly right.  I firstheatert saw the movie where Christian Bale danced awkwardly in it.  But nobody can beat Broadway actors and singers.

You’ve got to listen to:

1. Seize the Day

2. Something To Believe In

3. Carrying the Banner

5. Jekyll and Hyde

theaterIt’s been ages since I haven’t listened to this collection.  And I was overjoyed when Spotify has the complete Jekyll and Hyde album.  Be ready to shed tears with poignant songs and heart-wrenching confrontations. Yes, it’s like really watching the play, but in audio form.

You’ve got to listen to:

1. This Is The Moment

2. Take Me As I Am

3. Once Upon A Dream

Well, basically the whole album.

Love Broadway music?  What songs do you listen to on Spotify?

Summer is the time to bask in the heat of the sun.  But for some, summer is the chance to hone one’s creative skills, especially in acting.

Some theater companies have already announced their workshop offerings that would surely excite both kids and kids at heart to unleash their potentials. Check out this list of theater companies and their summer programs.

1. PETA Summer Program

photo credit: PETA FB page

photo credit: PETA FB page

2. Repertory Philippines

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photo credit: Repertory Philippines FB Page

3. Trumpets Playshop

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4. Gantimpala Summer Musical Theater Workshop

photo credit: Gantimpala  Theater Foundation FB Page

photo credit: Gantimpala Theater Foundation FB Page

Starting April 6 to May 2, Gantimpala Theater, opens its doors to budding theater artists and to all who are interested to have a memorable and meaningful vacation time through the 2015 Summer Musical Theater Workshop for Children (5 to 12 years old), Teens and Adults (13 years and up) and Advanced Musical Theater (open to those who already attended a Musical Theater Workshop).
A two-week stage management workshop is also being offered. Ed Murillo, the Philippines’ foremost stage manager, will be the instructor.
Classes are every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, where in workshoppers will learn how to act, sing, and dance in musical theater production, under the guidance of Roeder Camanag and Jose Jeffrey Camanag,

Enrollment is currently on-going at the AFP Theater: 3rd Floor of Tanghalang Arturo T. Enrile, De Jesus Avenue, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Tuition fee is P6,000.
This year’s summer workshop is in partnership with AFP Theater.
For more queries, please call 528-0603 / 881-64-24 or send an SMS to 0921-528-6308 / 0935-393-5485. You may also like us at http://www.facebook/gantimpala.

5. Tanghalang Pilipino Summer Theater Adventure 2015

photo credit: Tanghalang Pilipino FB Page

photo credit: Tanghalang Pilipino FB Page

For the first time in forever, indeed, Tony Award winning actress Idina Menzel is set to hit the stage and swoon us with songs that got her famous, such as Wicked’s “Defying Gravity” and Frozen’s “Let It Go”.

According to philstar.com, Idina will kick off her world tour and will do a two-hour performance at the SM Mall of Asia on June 7.  The producers are inviting children and their parents to Idina’s one-night only performance.

Broadway enthusiasts are surely looking forward to this. But that’s what we can reveal at this time. Stay tuned.

And hey, what’s your favorite Idinas’ song?

Romance and comedy unfold this May as Dalanghita Productions, together with Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) brings onstage Carlo Vergara’s one act play and graphic novel, “Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady.”

Kickstarting its first season, PETA stages, in the tradition of <em>ZsaZsa Zaturnnah ze Muzikal, </em>another superhero tale that revolves around two sisters, Mely and Viva, who desire nothing but to achieve their dreams.  Their love for each other being put to test, the two siblings struggle to find their places in the world dominated by superheroes and supervillains.

“Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady” is bringing back the artistic team behind “Zsazsa Zaturnnah ze Muzikal,” which was a massive success with its multiple stage runs (the popular comic book and musical was adapted onto the big screen afterwards).

The story of Carlo Vergara (creator of “Zsazsa Zaturnnah”), together with the music of Vincent de Jesus (“Himala the Musical,” “Batang Rizal,” “Juan Tamad”), will be brought to life by director Chris Martinez (“Ang Babae sa Septic Tank,” “Kimmy Dora,” “Temptation Island…Live!)”.

The cast is composed of talented artists with different theater backgrounds: Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Bituin Escalante &amp; Frenchie Dy, Kim Molina and Natasha Cabrera, Markki Stroem and Hans Eckstein, May Bayot, Astarte Abraham, Giannina Ocampo, Jeff Flores, Chesko Rodriguez, Caisa Borromeo, Nar Cabico and Domi Espejo, Red Nuestro, Vince Lim &amp; Mikoy Morales, Elliot Eustacio, Red Concepcion, Kakki Teodoro, Raf Bravo, Gab Pangilinan, JC Santos, Brian Sy, Rhenwyn Gabalonzo and Josh Cabiladas.Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo, Bituin Escalante &amp; Frenchie Dy, Kim Molina &amp; Natasha Cabrera, Markki Stroem &amp; Hans Eckstein, May Bayot, Astarte Abraham, Giannina Ocampo, Jeff Flores, Chesko Rodriguez, Caisa Borromeo, Nar Cabico &amp; Domi Espejo, Red Nuestro, Vince Lim &amp; Mikoy Morales, Elliot Eustacio, Red Concepcion, Kakki Teodoro, Raf Bravo, Gab Pangilinan, JC Santos, Brian Sy
Rhenwyn Gabalonzo, Josh Cabiladas.

“Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady” is set to open on May 7 and will run until June 7 at the Peta Theater Center. For ticket inquiries, please call Ticketworld at 891-9999.

Aside from being Melchior Gabor on Broadway’s Spring Awakening, Jon Groff belts out a moving break-up song through this video.  It is entitled “Now”, composed by Scott Alan.

Hey there, theater geeks! Arts Month is over, but in the theater world, as they say, the shows must go on.  So, Theater Fans Manila has released its calendar of plays and musicals.  It’s a cornucopia of fabulous shows all month long. So what are you waiting for?  Go buy tickets and enjoy the shows!

Theater Geeks Alert: Thear Fans Manila (@TheaterFans) releases its March Calendar of plays and musicals.

Theater Geeks Alert: Thear Fans Manila (@TheaterFans) releases its March Calendar of plays and musicals.

WHAT ARE YOU PLANNING TO WATCH?

I must admit, The Last Five Years is one “hugot” (drawing out) movie I’ve been dying to watch but got a little disappointed when I did.  I went to the cinema alone (although I quite expected someone would accompany me but soon found out he’s a total embodiment of Jaime Wellerstein.)

I love the songs.  No questions asked, since I could almost memorize the lyrics.  I love the story.  Almost relatable.  I love Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick.  They can sing, of course.  But why, as I tried to dig down deep within, couldn’t I figure out why I resented watching the film version?

Needless to say, the musical theater version is way better than the movie version.  I hated how  it kind of gave away the story through a “disclaimer” appearing before the opening scene.  Sure, the reason why I watched the movie version was to find out how it pulled through given the non-linear plot (where the love story is told in reverse chronological order).  Later I found out, as I left the cinema, when some actually asked what the story was all about. That “dislcaimer” had its purpose after all. And I reckon I was the only one (probably) who’s familiar with the play.

So here’s the story: The Last Five Years is an adaptation of the Broadway musical which narrates the encounter, marriage, and breakup of an aspiring stage actress Cathy Hiatt (played by Anna Kendrick) and a talented writer Jaime Wellerstein (played by Jeremy Jordan).  Told through witty and melancholic songs, the romance of the two protagonists begin at the end of their marriage and ended through the beginning of their love story (through Cathy’s point of view) and vice versa (as told through Jaime’s point of view).

What makes the film version different from the play is that, each event is sung individually by the characters except the proposal scene where they both sing “The Next Ten Minutes.”  I think why the movie fell short of my expectations was it somehow snatched away the torture of isolation that I should supposedly feel as they belt out the tunes.  But I love the part where Jaime visited Cathy in Ohio while she’s having her summer tour (“See I’m Smiling”) where Cathy hopes that despite the distance between her and Jaime and the sundry issues they have to face, everything will turn out fine.

The film made me sad and angry.  Because it’s cliche.  I hated Jaime because he never remained true to his promise.  That fame gnawed him fully until he became tormented, gathering his resolve to leave Cathy in the end.  Cathy, on the other hand, with her bouts of insecurities and attachment, remained un-rescuable.  But the only thing she did is to love Jaime, to be by his side, “to stick it out and follow through.”  But whose fault is it anyway?

I left the cinema questioning.  Not the story, but the circumstance.  And I didn’t like the movie.  At all.