With some characters dubbed as the Queen Bee and the Gender Bender (a closet gay), it might seem that ABS-CBN's new teen dance drama Good Vibes has some similarities with the American TV series Glee.
However, lead star Sam Concepcion dismissed comparisons with the popular musical series during the press con of the show held last March 29 at The Lounge Bar in Quezon City.
When asked to comment to those saying that Good Vibes is the dance version of the American musical series Glee, Sam pointed out: "Actually hindi, e. It's a teen-oriented show so we tackle issues ng mga kabataan ngayon, like teen pregnancy, cheating pero with a common ground na dancing. We all happen to be part of a dance crew. Yun ang pinaka-basis niya pero may story siya na very compelling.
"Malayo siya sa format ng Glee but we are offering something new. Dancing is a great way to connect sa mga kabataan kasi we all love to dance, we all love music. Ibang formula nito and that's what makes it exciting."
Even Ms. Maribeth Bichara, the choreographer of the show, says that they made it a point to weave the plot of the show with the dance numbers.
"The dance here is not only dancing, there's a story. Hindi lang basta sasayaw, laging may istorya po ang sayaw.
"Pagdating sa taping, may choreograph na sila pero I would have to change some of them so they have to be very quick. This is a very good training for the kids na maging mabilis ang memory nila. There's always a story behind the dance," she emphasizes.
Ms. Maribeth is also cast in this TV series as the kontrabida named Alexandra Torres. She is an ambitious vice-principal who wants to become the school's principal and replace Nestor (played by Dominic Ochoa). Her character is not too fond of dancing so she discourages the kids from being active in the dance crew.
Maru Benitez, the production manager of Good Vibes, also pointed out: "We want to present a different type of narrative with dance as a milieu. Ang tina-tackle po dito, issues of the youth, relationship with their parents, kung paano sila as individuals, how they make their stars shine.
"Makapal talaga ang narrative, ang drama. The dance is just a milieu pero hindi talaga yun ang pinaka-focus. Naka-incorporate ang dance dun sa kuwento, hindi lang basta sumayaw."
Isn't it risky to introduce this new format to local television?
"That's what production is all about: taking risks. Risky pero naniniwala kami na strong talaga ang narrative," says Ms. Maru.
GOOD VIBES ON THE SET. The show tackles several serious topics but the stars maintain that they keep up their spirits by bonding on the set. They also play music by using the speakers brought by cast member Chikara Nawa (whose character named Wowie is dubbed as the Gender Bender).
Dominic Ochoa also reveals that fans of the young stars, most of whom are from Pinoy Big Brother Teen Clash of 2010, would often bring food to the set as their way of showing their support for their idols.
In the show, Sam's character named Marc Pedroza is dubbed as the Good Son. Does Sam feel that Good Vibes is tailor fit for him? "Honestly, yung mga roles namin medyo based sa personality namin. Mas madali kami mag-connect pero mas maraming differences. Like ako, my character is Marc Pedroza and he has a half-brother and he is very jealous of that half-brother kasi nasa kanya lahat ng attention ng friends at ng pamilya niya. It's very challenging for me to take on a role like that."
For his part, Enrique Gil says that he really delved into the emotions of his character named Troy Cabrera who is dubbed as the Illegitimate Son. "[Iniisip ko] yung nangyari sa past niya, yung pagkamatay ng nanay niya saka yung feeling na abandoned siya, as in wala na siyang pamilya. He had to transfer [sa home] ng real father niya at feeling niya, he's still not part of the family. Hindi pa rin siya wanted or accepted at feeling niya lagi siyang kawawa. Laging emo and he's always putting himself down."
SYNOPSIS. In Good Vibes, follow the story of half-brothers Marc Pedroza (Sam Concepcion) and Troy Cabrera (Enrique Gil) who both have to learn how to deal with each other after their worlds suddenly meet due to unfortunate and inevitable circumstances.
Marc has the perfect life. He is the frontrunner for class valedictorian, the president of his school's dance troupe, and the resident "crush ng bayan."
But things change when he finds out that his dad Nestor (Dominic Ochoa) has a son out of wedlock who is now orphaned.
Marc will now have to live with his half-brother Troy and he tries his best to adjust to the new situation at home and in school. Their relationship is put to a test when Troy is accused of causing their dance troupe to be disqualified from an interschool competition and Marc does not lift a finger to defend his half-brother.
Will the half-brothers' differences stand in the way of their dream or will these help them achieve it? Can their grooves blend to create one mind-blowing dance act?
Yayo Aguila is cast as the mother of Marc (Sam Concepcion), Kristel Moreno plays the sister of Marc while Arron Villaflor plays the best friend of Marc.
Former PBB Teen Clash of 2010 housemates will soon be part of this weekly TV show. These include James Reid (who is dubbed as Spencer the Sickly Dude who wants to dance despite his illness), Ivan Dorschner (dubbed as Gab the Mysterious Guy), Yen Santos (dubbed as the Secret Admirer who is in love with Marc), Devon Seron (a tomboyish girl named Maribeth who is secretly in love with Troy), and Kazel Kinouchi (dubbed as Lea the Queen Bee).
Completing the cast are Coleen Garcia (who is cast as Monique, the ex-girlfriend of Marc), Linn Oeymo (who is dubbed as Geleen the Dream Girl), and Heidi Riego (dubbed as Jamie the Romantic).
Groove with the GV crew, the newest barkada featured in ABS-CBN's youth-oriented drama Good Vibes. It will begin airing this Sunday, April 3, after ASAP Rocks on ABS-CBN.