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Dare to Bare, again

(This time not in Ateneo, but in Teatrino)

QUEZON CITY – After its initial sold-out three-week run in 2009, in commemoration of its 20th anniversary, the Ateneo blueREPERTORY of Loyola Schools Performing Arts Cluster brings back the Off-Broadway musical titled ‘Bare: A Pop Opera’, opening on February 29, 8pm at Teatrino, The Promenade in Greenhills, San Juan.

Bibo Reyes as Peter and Jaime Barcelon as Jason.

The story centers on youth’s struggles. It is set in a hypocritical Catholic boarding school. The group of high school seniors faces issues of sexuality and personal identity. It revolves around the altar boy named Peter, the golden boy Jason, Matt, another altar boy, Ivy (Peter and Jason’s friend, whom Matt is in love with) and Nadia (Jason’s overweight, sharp-tongued twin sister).

This production is classified as a tragic, rock musical and the book is written by Jon Hartmere, Jr. and Damon Intrabartolo, lyrics by Hartmere and music by Intrabartolo.

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PhilippineParadisePages.com’s Jekyll&Hyde trivia contest starts today!

MAKATI CITY, Philippines – The nation’s first and online directory site, PhilippineParadisePages.com in cooperation with the country’s English-speaking theater company, Repertory Philippines is launching its weekly trivia contest online starting on Wednesday 29 February and will end on Wednesday 21 March 2012.

Each week, online users and visitors to the directory site will answer a trivia question and will choose the most appropriate answer from the items listed. All correct answers from online contestants will be collated and will be drawn electronically drawn each week. Winners will be notified via email and will print the copy of the email along with their valid identification card[s] (IDs) and present it to the entrance of Greenbelt One’s OnStage in Makati City on the date specified in the email.

Jekyll & Hyde is a musical based on the novel titled ‘Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ written by Robert Louis Stevenson. Its original stage conception was by Steve Cuden and Frank Wildhorn. The music is by Wildhorn and the lyrics and book are by Leslie Bricusse.

Jekyll & Hyde will star Jett Pangan as Dr. Henry Jekyll/Edward Hyde and Michael Williams will be his alternate. Cris Villonco is Emma Carew and Kalila Aguilos as Lucy Harris. Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo directs and Rem Zamora as assistant director. The show will open on March 16 and will run till April 15, 2011.

For tickets, inquiries and other information, call Repertory Philippines at (632) 571-6926 or 571-4941 or email info@repertory.ph. Tickets are also available via Ticketworld or call at (632) 891-9999. Visit www.repertory.ph, subscribe to youtube.com/repertoryphils, and add ‘Rep Phils’ on facebook.

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Rivalry in Court, in Academics, in Girls are now set onstage

“The pressure people put on themselves and the rivalry between the teams is much more marked. And I think that’s a good thing. As long as that rivalry remains within the spirit of competition, it can only spur everyone on.” – Eric Cantona

Thirty years ago, when Noel Trinidad approached Ed Gatchalian the do a musical based on the basketball teams Crispa and Toyota, but it didn’t pan out. Today, the two are reunited with a project that is promising and something that sets the records of what the real score is all about the rivalry of the two schools—Ateneo and La Salle. Together, they are involved in the latest musical that is presented by the 4th Wall Theater Company.

The Birth of ‘Rivalry: Ateneo-La Salle The Musical’

The idea germinated in Ed Gatchalian’s mind, the show’s executive producer, musical director-composer-arranger-and-orchestrator. He also co-writes the book and the libretto with Jaime del Mundo, a seasoned director.

The 'Rivalry' lead cast bowing after the show held on February 9 at Meralco Theater.

Being an Atenean since grade school and high school and stayed for two years in college, Gatchalian, sought help from his friends (Juan Miguel Llamas, Tony Cervantes and Jimmy Morelos) from the rival school in order to present an unbiased, true and accurate depiction of the said rivalry between Ateneo and La Salle.

Issues taken were in these order: girls basketball, girls again, basketball again, social issues, girls once more, academics, basketball, more girls, and finally—basketball championship.

Felix Rivera is Quito Valencia, the La Sallite in real-life but he plays an Atenean in this musical play. He is smitten with Reena secretly that his cousin outsmarted him and beaten him in getting the 'yes' of Reena first.

Athena Tibi as Reena San Jose, the object of affection of the two male leads from Ateneo and La Salle.

Mako Alonso portrays Tommy Bonifacio, the La Salle basketball star player, but he's an Atenean in college. He is a charmer in the court that even Reena San Jose was guarded and has fallen into his suave moves.

The Story’s Love Triangle Angle

Whatever literary piece is available for its intended audience to partake, the angle on love is still a best-selling one.

Putting together Athena Tibi as Reena San Jose, the object of affection of the two boys played by Mako Alonso as Tommy Basilio (La Salle’s star player) and Felix Rivera as Quito Valencia (the Atenean cousin of Tommy) did provide the ‘kilig’ factor.
Even if at the end of the musical, it was kind of hanging if who did Reena eventually chose between Tommy and Quito.

Both actors have given justice to the roles and so as Athena who has such a beautiful voice to begin with.

Gatchalian was successful enough to incorporate the love triangle. It further strengthened the rivalry between the two boys representing the two schools. Perhaps this was the only part that created more tension as opposed to the basketball tension at the game scenes.

An All-Original Filipino Production’s Future

In one of the press conferences that I have attended, a question surfaced.

“Why is it that there most theater companies have resorted to bringing foreign productions rather than staging all-original Filipino productions?”

The answer was simple. Any production is still a business. Theater productions that are based from Broadway are most likely to sell as opposed to our very own. That was one valid and straight to the answer. Also, most of our all-original Filipino productions may either be based on old subjects or themes that most intended market—the students may find already boring.

With ‘Rivalry: Ateneo-La Salle The Musical’—it is a big risk, but there is no doubt that one day, it will be making waves not just here, but also in abroad. The two productions of Philippine Stagers Foundation: Ako si Ninoy and Cory ng EDSA are classic examples that have caught the attention of audiences not just here, but off-shores as well.

I also have to give credit to Noel Trinidad’s special participation in this production. In his number, he stood out and stole the limelight and have the attention to himself as Eliseo Genaro.

The musical runs from Thursdays to Sundays until March 11. Thursday – Sunday shows at 8 p.m.; Matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m.

For tickets, call TICKETWORLD at (632) 891-9999. Visit its facebook page on RIVALRY: Ateneo-Ls Salle The Musical.