Si Joel Lamangan ang direktor ng much-talked about musical na Binondo, at malaking karangalan para kay Mariella Laurel ang mabigyan ng oportunidad na makatrabaho ang multi-awarded director.
“He is full of wisdom, but is funny, as well.
"Personally, he has given so much artistic freedom within boundaries of his blocking and it is has been an exploration to remember," papuri ni Mariella kay Direk Joel.
Jasmine ang pangalan ng karakter ni Mariella sa Binondo. Siya ang 24-year old girl mula sa mainland China na ipinagkasundo ng kanyang mga magulang kay Ah Tiong, ang lead character ng Tsinoy musical.
Mapapanood lang si Mariella sa opening at closing production numbers ng Binondo, pero hinding-hindi niya makakalimutan ang mga natutunan mula sa creative team.
“They have so much passion and they work really hard,” ang sabi ni Mariella tungkol sa entire Binondo team.
“This is the first Tsinoy musical and it makes me really proud to be in it because it’s an original Filipino musical.”
Memorable din kay Mariella ang mga karanasan niya sa kanyang fellow actors na sina Shiela Valderrama-Martinez, Floyd Tena, David Ezra, Arman Ferrer, Carla Guevarra-Laforteza, Lorenz Martinez, Ima Castro, at Jenny Villegas.
“There is the great kind of pressure that made me step up and I’ve gotten closer to some co-actors who helped me grow as an artist.
“We all know they have talent, but they also bring so much passion and energy on and off stage. They all have their processes and theater discipline.
"That inspires and teaches me to continue to work harder.
"I am so honored to share the stage with all of them.
"I am only in the opening and closing production numbers, but I am so excited to dance the Douglas Nierras choreography.
"As Jasmine, it is thrilling to be able to share the stage with strong actors," pahayag ni Mariella.
Magbabakasyon daw si Mariella para makapagpahinga pagkatapos ng mga huling araw ng pagtatanghal ng Binondo sa The Theatre ng Solaire sa July 6, 7, at 8.