Sinusundan ni Mariella Laurel ang yapak sa showbiz ng kanyang mga magulang na sina Ayen Munji-Laurel at Franco Laurel.
Si Mariella ang isa sa mga bida, direktor, at producer ng I Remember A Boy, ang original OPM music revue na may limited run sa November 11 at November 12 sa Artist Playground Arts Above sa 112 West Avenue, Quezon City.
Hindi inakala ni Mariella na darating nang maaga ang malaking break na hinihintay niya kaya taos-puso ang kanyang pasasalamat.
Bago pa siya naging active sa entertainment industry, nagtuturo si Mariella ng musical theater sa mga bata, tuwing summer.
“Yes, it always has been a dream. I loved telling stories as a child, I loved watching shows, or being in control of how a story goes.
“The first time I performed for a big audience, I felt like I was floating in excitement and happiness, my heart was racing so fast. I also saw how happy my grandparents and Mom were. My passion to keep growing in it was there. I guess that’s when I knew I wanted to do it more and more.
“I teach kids musical theater every summer since I graduated in 2015, but haven’t gotten the chance to direct. That was more of a long-term goal and prayer. And now that it is here, I’ve always wanted to influence lives through my craft somehow.
“As a child, breaking out in song was normal, as I was given opportunities to perform I always keep it close to my heart. This time around, I get to influence by directing,” sabi ni Mariella.
Ipinagmamalaki ni Mariella na ginawa para sa millennials ang I Remember A Boy na mula sa musical direction ni Jesse Lucas.
Ang singer na si Roeder Camanag, ang artistic director ng Artist Playground, ang nagbigay kay Mariella ng break bilang direktor.
Originally, cabaret type of show ang gusto ni Roeder pero naging musical revue ang project nila nang maging bahagi nito si Mariella.
“Singing songs with a story seemed more relevant for millennials. The writer and I interviewed the cast, got their real-life stories and used the beautiful lyrics of classic OPM work with a relevant millennial storyline. Someone is carrying someone else’s truth, story, life. It’s been such a thrill.
“Being in control of every aspect of the show has given me a chance to look at the bigger picture as well as put more importance in details. It’s teaching me how to be more patient, not only with people but more so with myself.
"I’m being trained and I know this is something I will do again. I am just so glad I am being guided by mentors,” sabi ng performer na aminadong malaki ang natutunan mula sa kanyang ina.
“She is my No. 1 influence. I’ve always looked up to her directing and her performances. And she always tells me to pray first.
“That I have to do my part by sharpening my craft through dance, voice and acting lessons, that I need to balance my time wisely and most of all, find time to rest.”