In 2005, STAGES, together with Trumpet's Playshop, did their highly successful production of the musical Footloose, headlined by Jay-R and Iya Villania. Now the theater outfits return with a more ambitious project, the Disney hit High School Musical.
Just how big is this project? Almost 300 aspirants auditioned for the musical, with pretty Cheska Ortega bagging the lead female role of Gabriella Montez. She even cut short her vacation in the United States to try her luck for the coveted role. Cheska is paired with teen star Sam Concepcion, who plays the lead character Troy Bolton.
But what makes High School Musical even bigger and more memorable is that the production serves as director Audie Gemora's comeback to musical theater after a hiatus of two decades.
"I just have to do it," explains Audie, who went through all the necessary arrangements to acquire the rights of the play. "I know this one big project is worthy of my time and effort and I was correct."
High School Musical is a well-recognized production encouraging individuality among young people tied to a lot of social and cultural limitations.
Top billed by Sam Concepcion (Troy Bolton) and Cheska Ortega (Gabriella Montez), High School Musical also features young talented actors Alex Godinez (Sharpay Evans), PJ Valerio (Ryan Evans), veteran actor Jeff Arcilla (Coach Bolton), and theater luminary Sheila Francisco (Mrs. Darbus).
Chinnie Nepomuceno and Alfred Luason took charge of the choreography while Mio Infante once again weaves his magic to create the musical's set design. Mio was behind the fantastic sets of musicals such as The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Little Mermaid; and Footloose.
Expressing both faith and admiration for the young cast, director Audie proudly boasts—this year's staging of High School Musical proves that "local musical theater is in good hands."
3:00 p.m. shows
June 23 and 30
July 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15
8:00 p.m. shows
June 23 and 30
July 6, 7 and 14
Venue: Meralco Theater, Meralco Avenue, Pasig City
Orchestra and Loge Center - P850.00 to 800.00
Balcony - P500.00
Call Ticketworld at 891-9999 or STAGES at 818-1111 local 209 for ticket inquiries.