Gantimpala Theater stages "Blue Jeans" on May 24

by Alwyn Ignacio
May 18, 2008
Roeder Camañag (middle, in blue shirt) is the director of Gantimpala Theater's Blue Jeans, which will be staged at the Rizal Park on May 24.

Gantimpala Theater celebrates its 31st anniversary in Philippine theater and invites the public to two special engagements—the staging of Blue Jeans, the recital production of the Acting in Musical Theater for Teens, Young Adults Batch 2008, on May 24, and the one-day audition for the company's 31st season on May 26.

Blue Jeans is a musical play that will present the forthcoming reunion of the Manila Symphony Glee Club. The story begins with fast rising musical composer Glen (Glen Dacumos) and his loving wife Kay (Kay Rivera). They visit their alma mater and pay tribute to former teacher and glee club director Professor Atienza (Jayson Alexis Atienza) who is due for retirement.

As Glen walks through the familiar halls of his former campus, he reminisces about the good old days with much fondness and the friends that made his high school life more memorable.

His barkada is composed of Marty (Wilmark Oliver Tabio), one of the Bugoys who likes the arrogant stage manager Joanne (Joan Medalla) and Ace (Alfred Urieta), another Bugoy who secretly adores May (Judy May Judit) who belongs to Pink Ladies clique; Jaypee (John Paolo de Jesus), the campus heartthrob whose girlfriend Karla (Gian Karla Foronda) is a social climber; the horizontally-challenged Chi (Jesella Criselle Manimbo), James (Jhames Patrick Yabot) and Val (Val Christian Andag) who shares a sacred secret; Kyle (Kyle Victor Jose), the nerd who has his first broken heart courtesy of June (Kristine June David) and Ivan (Ivan David Capili), the child who's a musical prodigy.

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The play will feature some of the most popular tunes during the decade of the '80s. Roeder Camañag is the director of Blue Jeans; musical director is Onyl Torres. The performance is slated on May 24, 7 p.m. at the Open Air Auditorium in Rizal Park, Manila.

Artistic Director Tony Espejo announces that on May 26, from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m., Gantimpala Theater will signal the start of its 31st season with a one-day-only audition, which will also be held at the Open Air Auditorium.

The audition is open to all professional and non-professional actors, male and female, ages 18-45, with pleasing personality. Those who would like to audition are requested to bring a short profile and two photographs—closeup and full body.

Director Espejo reveals, "We will produce eleven (11) plays during the 2008-2009 season. They are Florante at Laura, Noli Me Tangere, Ibong Adarna and El Filibusterismo, the four classics; J. Dennis Teodosio's Sleeping Beauty, a new children's musical based on the Grimm Brothers famous fairy tale; Rolando Tinio's A Life in the Slums, the fifth season offering of GTF's National Artist Production Series; and the touring productions of Boni Ilagan's Katipunan: Mga Anak ng Bayan, William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero's Forever; and Teodosio's Ang Pagong at ang Matsing."

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Mr. Espejo extends his warm invitation: "We hope that you join us as we celebrate our 31st season. Let us enjoy, learn and experience the magic of Philippine theater."

For more information about the audition and Blue Jeans, please call 528-0603/536-5860, or send an SMS to 0921-528-6308 or write to:

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