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See You at the Gingerbread House in Repertory’s Hansel and Gretel

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As a child growing up and adoring as much fairy tales as I could, I found the classic story of siblings Hansel and Gretel to be a yummy one because it involved a well-loved pastry…the gingerbread which turned out to an edible house in the story. In my dreams, I can grab a bite of it all I can! In reality, I am thankful a premiere theater company is re-staging it all over again.

Repertory Philippines, the premier producer of thought-provoking and entertaining straight plays and musicals, is launching its Theater for Young Audiences program for 2016, with child-friendly performances of Hansel and Gretel.

“Our children’s musicals are some of our most popular plays, and we enjoy staging performances for them,” shares Repertory’s artistic director Joy Virata. “The stage is a wonderful place for children to immerse themselves in with fantastic stories and wonderful characters.”

hanselFrom August 13 to December 15, 2016, Repertory will stage Hansel and Gretel, adapted from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, and adapted into opera by German composer Engelbert Humperdinck. The story follows two hungry children sent to the woods by their mother to find strawberries, and are lured into a gingerbread house owned by a wicked witch. It’s a story that many of us grew up with, and with the adaptation and direction by Joy Virata, she promises to transform the fantastic tale for a new generation to enjoy.

Bituin Escalante, Carla Guevara Laforteza, Ring Antonio, and Christine Flores will alternately play the witch, while Cara Barredo, Sweet Buchanan, and Christine Flores will alternately play the Dawn Fairy. The Hansel role will be divided between Joshua Nubla, Allen Orolfo, Mari Yapjoco, Tori Cortez and Nathan Flores, while Gretel will be portrayed by Ella Gonzalez, Ashlee Factor, Michelle Cornejo, and Rayne Cortez.
Joshua Nubla as Hansel Ella Gonzales as Gretel Chino   Veguillas as the Sandman Cara Barredo as the Dew FairyOther roles are the mother, essayed by Natalie Everett, Ayam Eckstein, and Buchanan; the father will be portrayed by Arnel Carrion, Hans Eckstein, Raymund Concepcion, and Raul Montesa; and the Sandman will  be portrayed by Chino Veguillas, Vien Alen King, and Edu Briones.

Repertory’s Theater for Young Audineces, (RTYA) began in 1992 when Virata noticed that children would wait in the lobby for their parents to finish watching a play. She decided to create a show for them, and debuted with a short and simple version of Sleeping Beauty. It went on to become the biggest box office hit in Repertory history.
hansel2“We want children to grow up with the appreciation that theater can be delightful,” ends Virata. “Compared to films, stage plays have a sense of immediacy and intimacy that will draw the viewer in and make them part of the story. This would create an enjoyable experience for imaginative kids.”

Since then, the company has produced children’s theater every year, in line with its mission of producing live theater that is excellent, resilient, and entertaining. Most importantly, it aims to make theater more accessible to Filipino audiences, especially children.

Brought to you by the City of Makati, and Rebisco,  in cooperation with Greenbelt, Ayala Malls, BusinessWorld, Lane Moving & Storage, Art+ Magazine, Philippine Daily Inquirer, TicketWorld, and What’s Happening.com.ph, with TeamAsia as its media partner, “Hansel and Gretel” will open on August 13 and will run until December 15 at the Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Roxas cor. Legazpi St., Makati City. For tickets, reservations and showbuying, call Repertory Philippines at 843-3570 or TicketWorld at 891-9999. For more information log on to http://www.repertoryphilippines.phor visit Rep’s Facebook page.



Tragicomedy TAG-ANI Extended Until September 5 & 6


September 5 & 6 
3PM and 7PM 
1701 The Little Room Upstairs, Landsdale Tower,
Mother Ignacia Ave, Quezon City

Due to the overwhelming response generated for the two-weekend run of ” TAG-ANI”, the play has been extended for four performances set on Sept. -5 and 6 (Sat. and Sun.) with a 3 pm matinee and a 7 pm evening show. Performance venue is at 1701 The Little Room Upstairs, Landsdale Tower, Mother Ignacia Ave. Quezon City

Presented by the Artist Playground,  “ TAG-ANI ” is an endearing love story of two people in their twilight years written by Amelia Lapena Bonifacio as part of the trilogy  Taluhan (Tatlong Dula ng Pag-ibig).

First performed in 1975, “ TAG-ANI ” is a “Tragicomedy” that features two characters in their 70’s who tries to rekindle the joys of love and being in love. The twist in its ending is a piercing truth that resonates the tragedy of those who have fully experienced love and have lost it and those who have never experienced love at all.

“ TAG-ANI ” is an interesting story that celebrates love and the idea of being in love in a very odd at the same time fascinating way. In its tale, the power of love to bring meaning to one’s existence is highlighted. The interplay of flirtatious imagery embedded in the poetic lines, mischievous choices of the characters and the vintage courtship dynamics make each moment of the play very compelling.

Multi-awarded actor  Roeder Camanag who is directing this play  noted that “ Tag-ani is Artist Playground’s way of honoring and saluting the efforts and contribution of veteran actors who have devoted their lives to their craft through setting up a performance venue where the full intensity of its spot light is entirely theirs, where every line uttered and movement made are all about them rediscovering the reason why they have committed their lives to their art. Through the wit and wisdom of two veteran actors, Ermie Concepcion and Ces Aldaba the audience will be treated to a fun experience, I had a great time working with them surely the audience will too.”


CES ALDABA  is a veteran actor of talent, range and variety, Ces has played varied roles in different stage plays, TV Commercials, Films & teleseryes. He attended acting workshops at Actors Workshop Foundation (AWF) with Directors Leo Martinez, Lore Reyes and Peque Gallaga as his mentors. Ces practices the Eric Morris “No Acting Please” techniques.

Ces played Blas in his first stageplay, Rene Villanuevas’s award winning play “Hiblang Abo” directed by Director Joe Gruta for Dulaang Balintataw. He had also acted in Bulwagang Gantimpala’s Kanser, Florante at Laura, Romeo & Juliet, Queen’s Jewels, God Stealer and Hiblang Abo to name a few. One of his memorable plays was Calamba 1888, an adaptation by Dr. Amalia Rosales directed by Prof. Dodi Dizon for Polytechnic University of the Philippines students. He feels so proud to have been part of Dulaang UP’s Ang Mrs Kong Promdi (My Country Wife), Dukesa ng Malfi (Duchess of Malfi), Pasyon ni Kristo, Mary Stuart and Ang Tagak (Sea Gull), all under Director Tony Mabesa.
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Ces plays Father Mar in the soon to be released Indie Film, ECHORSIS directed by Mr. Lem Lorca. He played the role of Nicolas, the father of Gregoria de Jesus (Oryang) in Enzo William’s Bonifacio. He was also seen in El Presidente as Don Mariano Alvarez.

Ces has also done lead roles in 5 TV commercials and is often seen in the boob tube, the most recent of which are Bridges of Love, Yagit, Dream Dad and Ipaglaban Mo, to name a few.

d - ermie concepcionERMIE CONCEPCION started to act on stage with a minor role from the play of La Casa Bernarda Alba in PETA and followed by many productions of Gantimpala Theatre Foundation: Mother Ignacia, Ibong Adarna, Florante at Laura, El Fili, Kanser, at Silang Magigigting. Theatre Now: Soltera, Café Vittorio at Bernarda Alba. Dulaang UP: Kangkong 1896. Arena Theatre: Juan Luna at Bayaning Huwad. Wisdom Theatre Foundation: Takas, Cecille Guidote’s Balintataw Theatre Group Taghoy ng Troya and Filipino Mobile Theatre: Hiblang Abo. She also became an actress for several Foreign Local Films, TV Soaps, Print and TV Commercials, Corporate Audiovisual Presentations, Documentary Films, Digital Films (Cinemaone, Cinemalaya) and Films Thesis Productions.

For tickets, call or text  0977-3062924.

A very endearing play that every theater enthusiast should not miss! 

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