Trumpets Playshop celebrates 15 years of honing artistic talents

by Oliver Oliveros
Feb 13, 2008
These youngsters practically grew up in Trumpets Playshop: (from left, clockwise) Iñaki Ting, Sam Concepcion, Kathleen Francisco, Cheska Ortega, and Tanya Manalang.

Trumpets Playshop—the country's biggest talent workshop hub, which consistently draws in over 3,000 students in summer alone—celebrates 15 years with loads of new workshops.

Children's theater for toddlers, digital fashion photography, anime production, VJ hosting, baking, professional make up, stage direction, rehearsal techniques, voice workshops, and choreography for non-dancers add up to Playshop's all-time favorite children's musical theater, teens and adults' musical theater, street dance, modeling, public speaking and hosting, master class, and theater production workshops.

"At 15, Playshop is still growing and opening up to exciting new things. New students and Playshop graduates are all invited to attend our first Playshop Expo, and a tribute show by the end of summer. We make Playshop accessible at the Podium, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Alabang Town Center, and possibly two more venues in Makati City," says Audie Gemora, one of the pioneering minds behind Playshop.

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Countless performing artists and personalities have attended Playshop and Musicademy, Trumpets' school for voice, instruments, stage performance, and languages. They include Asia's Pop Idol Christian Bautista; teen heartthrob Sam Concepcion; as well as Hollywood Olympics' champions Aria Clemente and Reymond Sajor. The Playshop Kids and recording artists Bituin Escalante, Kyla, Cheska Ortega, Raki Vega, Joaqui Valdes and Gian Magdangal have all participated in workshops conducted in the past.

In addition, news reporters Carlo Lorenzo and Nina Corpuz; thespians Maita Ponce and Red Concepcion; TV personalities Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Bettinna Carlos, Heart Evangelista, PJ Valerio and Say Alonzo; even cosmetic surgeon Manny Calayan finished at least one of the courses Playshop and Musicademy have been offering.

"The key to Playshop's success all these years lies in a strict adherence to an excellent curriculum; competent and inspiring faculty; and a premium on values. The Playshop syllabus has an unwritten rule that more important than techniques and skills, are the core values students must learn to truly succeed. These values include love for God, discipline, friendship, and character," says Playshop director Lani Mabilangan-Ligot.

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"It is not enough that they are taught, students have to be able to implement what they learned," adds director Ligot.

Outstanding Playshop students are encouraged to join productions that Trumpets and STAGES, its sister company, have been producing. Some Playshoppers auditioned and were cast in the recent productions of Disney's High School Musical On Stage, and Trumpets' original musical First Name.

Playshop is accepting enrollees as early as now. Workshop rates are at P5,500 for musical theater, and public speaking and hosting; P6,000 for street dance; and P7,500 for modeling. Call 636-2842 for other inquiries.

Trumpets Playshop this summer '08 will run from April 2 to June 1.

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