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Shrek is Here!

If there is one musical that I do not want to miss in this lifetime–it’s ‘Shrek’, which is based from the 1990 fairy tale picture book of the same title by the late cartoonist William Steig.

Official teaser poster for 'Shrek'. In photo is Shiela Valderrama-Martinez as Princess Fiona.

Official teaser poster for ‘Shrek’. In photo is Shiela Valderrama-Martinez as Princess Fiona.

It revolves around an ogre named Shrek as he tells his story to the audience about his childhood and how on his seventh birthday; he was sent out by his parents to survive and earn a living. And one day, a band of fairytale creatures including Pinocchio, The Three Bears, The Three Little Pigs, a Wicked Witch, The Big Bad Wolf, and Peter Pan among others show up on his property—the ‘Big Bright Beautiful World of his (actually a swamp); disrupting his solitary life.

That’s when his adventure starts as he eventually meets a talkative donkey. Along with the donkey, they both set to rescue a beautiful princess named Fiona, who is trapped in castle surrounded by lava and a dragon in exchange of what the diminutive Lord Farquaad promised him–the return of his swamp’s deed.

Shrek is assumed by Rycharde Everley, who has played roles in ‘Avenue Q’ and ‘Spelling Bee’, respectively. Princess Fiona is breathed by Shiela Valderama-Martinez.

Other actors in the cast are Nyoy Volante as Donkey, Jett Pangan as Lord Farquaad, Nel Gomez as Pinocchio, and Carla Guevara-Laforteza as Dragon. The song-and-dance-filled stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks animated film, ‘Shrek the Musical’ opens on September 19 and runs through October 12 at the Meralco Theatre.

The production’s music is by Jeanine Tesori and its book and lyrics is by David Lindsay-Abaire.

To purchase tickets, please visit TicketWorld.com.ph.

Maria Leonora Teresa: A Scary, Dolly Story

From being a darling daughter of the iconic loveteam of Guy and Pip, the doll named ‘Maria Leonora Teresa’ who was once considered to be their ‘daughter’. 

In fact, this doll is the only doll in Philippine Showbiz history to have its own launching movie and people watched it. Back then, Maria Leonora Theresa or MLT to many had its own contract for TV and movie appearance. MLT was treated like a human child who had her own wardrobe, jewelry sets, combs, sunglasses and even make-up kit.

Today, MLT comes back on the silver screen, not as a sweet reminder of the three-foot, ceramic- faced doll, but as three personas in doll forms named ‘Maria’, ‘Leonora’, and ‘Teresa’. It is about a scary, dolly story.

The three dolls will be given to three individuals (Faith, Julio, and Stella played by Iza Calzado, Zanjoe Marudo, and Jodi Sta. Maria) who lost their respective daughters in a tragic incident. And to help cope with their loss, a psychiatrist named Manolo (Villanueva) offers them life-sized dolls to look after, but the situation only worsens when the toys appear to be brought to life by a sinister force.

Opening this 17th of September, ‘Maria Leonora Teresa’ is directed by Wenn Deramas.

Watch the full trailer here.