The title Tale as Old as Time will conjure images of a Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast, in our minds.
Aptly enough, the theme song of this animated feature is included in the lineup of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert.
Fresh from the success of last year’s Disney-themed concert, this new masterpiece by the acclaimed group will feature live performances which will be enhanced by actual video clips from the animations running on LCD screens. Once again, the group has been granted the rights by the Disney Concert Library to allow them to execute symphonic arrangements from The Walt Disney Studio’s archives.
PEP and other media outfits were told that only Karylle rehearsed last time while the rest would actually be singing with the orchestra for the first time. It wasn’t obvious from the way they performed with their brilliant voices. Even the characterization was also in place, proof that all of them were diligent in studying the pieces assigned to them prior to the first rehearsal.
Some veteran performers were already handpicked by Gerard Salonga, the show’s musical director and conductor, but they still had to be approved by Disney representatives by performing in front of them. Audition notices were posted online for the remaining roles that weren’t cast yet.
"We actually held auditions to find the girl for Anna, for the adult Anna. We have a young kid Anna, a medium kid Anna, and for the fully grown Anna. We held auditions and we got three finalists whom we auditioned here with the orchestra and the one who eventually got the part is a young lady who we know not as a performer," says Salonga regarding casting one of the roles.
Karylle, who will play Cinderella, dropped by the rehearsal to tell us more about her role.
According to Laurice Sta. Maria, the PR and Educational Specialist for the said show, it will feature "nostalgic music from Disney" as well as "more recent and familiar songs like those from Tangled and Frozen.
The production is directed by Mickey Muñoz. Other members of the artistic team are Dong Calingacion, Rards Corpuz, and Janice Dee.
Other seasoned performers included in the show are Red Concepcion, Carla Guevara-Laforteza, and Ms. Bituin Escalante (special participation).