From singing to acting, Christian Bautista now combines both as he enters the world of musical theater.
The 32-year-old balladeer first tried his luck on stage in Trumpets’ The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. He then portrayed Prince Charming in Cinderella last 2013, alongside singer Karylle. This year, he played Sam Wheat in Atlantis Productions' Ghost the Musical.
“Yung first theatre play ko, it changed my life.
"I wanted to try it kahit walang experience. I was in the choir before kaya parang I wanted to try,” he reminisces.
“It feels natural kasi whether you first start with singing or acting, pareho lang naman yun, ang magkaiba lang yung isa kinakanta mo.
"Pero yung emotion, yung motive pareho, nagkakaroon lang ng nota.
"But as a singer, mas nakaka-express ako pag may music,” the singer-actor elaborates.
Having been in the industry for quite some time, Christian has tips to offer for budding stage actors:
“Get ready to work hard, be professional, memorize your lines before rehearsal.
"And be ready to be submissive to your director and mentors, whatever they say, because they have the experience, follow it.”
ANGELI BAYANI. Thespians are also getting their breaks in indie films and TV series like Angeli Bayani, who won this year’s Best Actress Award for the film Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan at the 37th Gawad Urian Awards.
Angeli started her career on stage and her acting mettle did not escape the notice of the indie producers who promptly cast her in one film after another.
Now, she is setting her sight on doing mainstream movies.
In her speech as Urian Best Actress, Angeli thanked her fellow theater artists, “Kung hindi po dahil sa mga nauna pa sa akin, kung hindi po dahil sa inyo na nag-pave ng way para saamin, wala po kaming susundan. So maraming salamat sa inyong lahat.”
AARON CHING. In theater, actors are taught that everyone can shine even in the smallest role.
Aaron Ching, another thespian who started in PETA (Philippine Educational Theater Association), just finished his first television project as Bruno in the recently ended Kambal Sirena of GMA-7.
His role was one of the bestfriends of Louise delos Reyes’s character in the serye.
Aaron has been playing bestfriend roles starting with Beca in Cinemalaya 2013’s Purok 7, followed by Casimiro in KATY! the Musical and Nar in Maxie the Musical.
“Kapag kaibigan ang role ko sa play, dapat kabisado ko rin ang karakter ng kaibigan ko.
"Masarap maging kaibigan ang role, kailangan maipakita mo talaga kung anong klaseng support ka sa karakter ng main role o kahit hindi main role,” he explains.
Aaron showed his dedication and passion for his craft in his role in Maxie the Musical, “Grabe ang paghahanda ko sa role na ito. Pagpapapayat, vocally at emotionally.
"At yung kailangan mong ibigay na dedikasyon para lang magampanan yung role ng buo.”
Speaking from his own experience, Aaron relates, “Una sa lahat kapag tumatanggap ako ng role binabasa ko muna at iniintindi talaga ang sitwasyon.
"At yung nararamdaman ng karakter sa moment at eksena niya, sobrang importante sa isang aktor kung ano ang totoo sa bawat eksena.
“Ayoko ng nandadaya ka ng manonood at inaarte mo lang talaga.
"Dapat may katotohanan na nagaganap mismo sa gumaganap ng role.
"Kaya kapag tumanggap ako ng role nagiging totoo lang ako sa karakter.”