"Children's Letters to God" returns on stage


The characters of Tippydos Santos and Marek Sison (standing) develop a strong friendship with (seated, from left) Aria Clemente, JaimeCalabig, and Ruiz Sison in the musical Children's Letters to God. It will be restagedin Alabang and Makati City this October.


High-spirited and inquisitive young actors have wonaudience and critics' approval in the one-weekend opening run of theoff-Broadway hit musical Children's Letters to God.

Prayers have been answered with the return of the fiveyoungsters who will amaze and astound audiences with their thought-provoking questions.These talented kids are back on a longer run at Insular Life Auditorium,Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, on October 6 and 13, and at Carlos P. RomuloTheater, RCBC Plaza, Makati City, on October 20 and 21.

Thedelightful musical will once more showcase 2007 World Championships ofPerforming Arts (WCOPA) Over-All Champion of the World, Aria Clemente;Singapore-based thespian and singer Julia Abueva, Micah dela Cruz, Tippy dosSantos, Moreen Guese, Vince Ching, the Sison brothers Marek, Enzo, and Ruiz;Jaime Calabig, and Nacho Tambunting. Addition to the cast is Bianca Rogoff.

"Dear God. Are you really invisible or is that just a trick?"

"Dear God. How come you did all the miracles in the old days and you don't doany now?"

These are just some of the hard-hitting questions andtell-it-like-it-is revelations that make up Children's Letters to God, the musicalinspired by the international best-selling book of the same title.

Taken directly from the letters of young people writing to the "BigGuy," the musical follows the lives of five young friends as they voicebeliefs, desires, questions, and doubts common to all people but mostdisarmingly expressed by children. Sixteen tuneful songs, and assorted scenes(some based on actual letters) explore timeless issues such as sibling rivalry,divorce, holidays, the loss of a beloved pet, the trials of being unathletic,and first love.

Stuart Hample, the creator of the best-selling book, has adapted Children'sLetters to Godfrom the page tothe stage with music by David Evans (Birds of Paradise) and lyrics byDouglas J. Cohen (No Way to Treat a Lady).

Bart Guingona directs with MenchuLauchengco-Yulo as assistant director, Michael Williams as musical director,Denisa Reyes as choreographer, and Gino Gonzales as production designer.

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The Manilaproduction of Children's Letters to Godwill be presented atthe Insular Life Auditorium, Filinvest Corporate City, Alabang, on October 6and 13 with 6 pm and 3 pm shows.

The group will restage this musical atCarlos P. Romulo Theater, RCBC Plaza, MakatiCity, on October 20 and 21, withshows at 3 pm.

For ticket inquiries, call Ticketworld at 891-9999 or visitwww.childrensletterstogod.com.ph


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