Carlo Orosa is no stranger to thespotlight. He is considered a veteran in the industry for being a singer andmore importantly a sought-after actor in musicals and plays for the pastdecade.
But Carlo found it difficult to accept the role of Mr. Noah in the upcoming Trumpets musical N.O.A.H. (No Ordinary Aquatic Habitat). It will be staged at the Meralco Theater starting September 4.
Carlo cited his busy schedule as a manager as a hindrance from accepting the project. As the president of STAGES Talent Management, Carlo handles the careers of stars such as Christian Bautista and Karylle.
But Trumpetspresident Audie Gemora said that being a manager shouldn't be viewed as a hindrance."Carlo has become known in the past four tofive years as a manager. So, parang nakakalimutan ng tao na he's a fine actorand a good singer. Fact is yun yung advantage niya as manager."
Audie Gemora goes on to explain why theychoose Carlo. "For a producer like me, and he is basically a commander in chiefbeing a manager. Kapag sinabi ng general, ‘Gawin mo Carlo'. Ganun siya,‘Bakit?' I'm telling you because you got the capacity."
N.O.A.H. director and writer Jaime Del Mundo couldn't help but quip,"Actually, there's a simpler reason why we chose him. He's now old enough toplay Noah."
Kidding aside, the 45-year old Carlo saidthat both Audie and Jaime felt that he was at the right age to do it and itthey see it fit that he lead the comeback of Trumpets.
"I can't describe the feeling but I'mexcited, nervous and terrified."
Carlo continues, "I prepared myself beforethe rehearsals started. I already learned the songs, memorized the scripts.Umaga pa lang, mga ala-sais ng umaga, nag-me-memorize na ako ng script."
The year 2003 was the last time Carlo hadset foot in front of the spotlight. He previously starred in Honk the Musical.
"Nagulat nga sila sa akin, first day palang medyo alam ko na yung mga lines. Kasi nga, sabi ko, I don't want to dosomething na mapaphiya ako or mapapahiya ang Trumpets.
"I really had to lay low also from mytalents, sina Christian and si Karylle. Talagang naka-off ang phone ko forseven hours a day because I need to focus on the rehearsals," he said.
He says that he's happy that his talentsgave their full support to him in his return to theater.
"They're very excited for me. In fact,they're coming up with an article about me. All my talents are going to writeabout me as a manager."
ON BEING A MANAGER. Carlo believes that being a singer and performer before taking therole of manager to other artist came in handy.
"I'm a performer first. Yun naman talagaang entrada ko sa business na ito. Yung pag-ma-manage naman came accidentally.I was singing then nung nag-ma-manage ako," he said.
Carlo recalls a conversation he had withAudie before deciding to manage Christian. " ‘You know Carlo, wala tayongka-alam-alam sa management. Pero kung gusto mo talaga, ikaw, simulan mo. Ichallenge you.' That's how it started."
"Natutuwa rin ako kapag nakakakita ng bata,yung mga may talents at magagaling at mas bata pa sa akin. Parang gusto kosilang i-share sa community."
Carlo says that his being a manager is notborne out of his frustration of not having had a successful career.
"I always tell my friends na hindi man akonagka-platinum or sumikat sa ibang bansa or nagkaroon ng pagkarami-ramingconcerts pero having done that for my talents parang nagawa ko na din. Parang Ifeel nagawa ko na din yun for myself because I was part of that, part ofgetting that for them, sila Christian at Karylle," he said.
ON HIS STAGE COMEBACK. Carlo said that he had a difficult transition going back to theater. Heinitially questioned why he was given this role to do.
"I asked God, ‘Bakit pa ako?Andami-andaming pwede gumawa ng role na ito.' I mean Audie could have done it.Why me pa?
"I'm not complaining. Before, I used tocomplain. Pero ngayon, okay na ako. I'm slowly secure already of doing therole.
"Bago ko ginawa ito, nag-work out muna ako.Nag-jogging muna ako everyday. Kasi ang tagal ko ng hindi gumagalaw. Nag-cardioako every week. Doing the play, kailangan ma-sustain ko yung energy. Kailanganhindi ako humihingal. It's a challenge for me to do this at my age," he said.
He added, "The first time, lagi akonakakalimot ng lines. Nakakalimutan ko palagi. I mean hindi ako mabilis before.Pero ngayon mabilis na kasi I do it na everyday."
Carlo says that everything is up in the airafter his stint with N.O.A.H., whichis a retelling of the famous biblical story about Noah and his famous ark.
"I just hope that people will love theplay. Kasi number one, nakaka-proud talaga na we, Filipinos can come up withsomething like this. Two, we're hoping to share the message of trusting andhaving more faith in God.
"Hindi ko naman pina-plano na this will bethe start of my career again as an actor. I'm just taking this one day at atime, one project at a time. I'm doing this project for now. I'm not thinkingof the long term for this," he admitted.
N.O.A.H. (No Ordinary Aquatic Habitat) will be staged every Friday, Saturday, andSunday of September. For tickets and/or more information, callTrumpets at 635-4478, 0917-8842105, 0932-2705639 or email@example.com.
Tickets are also available at Ticketworld (Tel. No. 891-9999).