Gantimpala Theater, together with the National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), offers a worthy weekend treat as it presents the play Urbana at Feliza this Saturday, May 19.
This performance is the culminating recital of Gantimpala's annual musical theater workshop, a summer tradition that the company started 30 years ago.
Tony Espejo, Gantimpala artistic director says, "It is always a pleasure to conduct summer workshops. We enjoy the process of transformation we witness happening to the workshoppers-from the shy gangly person to one who can deliver a punch line, sing a tune and work out dance steps. Teamwork with strange faces only a few weeks ago is achieved with amazing speed while the creative juices seem to be coming from a bottomless well. I hope this workshop will be the start of their love affair with theater."
Urbana at Feliza, based on the original libretto written by Roni Bertubin, is the musical production showcase by the 2007 batch. Original music is by the award-winning Jesse Lucas while the revised libretto is created by this year's workshop master Roeder Camañag.
The play is loosely based on the tale of two sisters and their letters that chronicle and mirror the many aspects of their lives.
Camañag directs the production with Nazer Salcedo (who also serves as voice instructor) and Espejo as co-directors.
The cast members are Ma. Bernadette Feliciano (Urbana), Joyce Anne Rosales (Feliza), Edmer Tamo (Ernesto), Jamie Lyne ROsales (young Urbana), Rosel Kasilag (young Feliza), John Paul Garcia (Don Teroy), Carmencita Dayrit (Doña Tinay), Troy de Guzman (Ama), Iris Marie Taguipez (Ina), Karl Emmanuel Carrascal (Eddie), and the rest of the teens and young adults class.
A dance recital of the Gantimpala's Actors Company will also be presented as they perform special dance numbers choreographed by Raul Nepomuceno Jr. of the Ramon Obusan Folkloric Dance Troupe.
Performance date: May 19, 6 p.m.
Venue: Concert at the Park Open Air Auditorium in Luneta Park.
For ticket inquiries, please call Alwyn at 528-0603 or 09164259204.