Let’s sing: I’m so excited…and I just can’t hide it….
Yes, even as I type this I can’t help but feel giddy! Remember in February I had a “with the special participation of” in a play by the UP Com Arts Society?
Here’s a photo of me by the way:
And here’s a review by Bum Tenorio on The Philippine Star. By the way, I was in Paperclip.
It goes without saying of course that the experience was very enriching, that I had so much fun, and the usual stuff that a “retired actress” (choz!) would say when she returns back on stage. But aside from that, another thing that made me so glad to have been invited to act was that I was somehow forced to watch the other plays. You see, on the second night, our play went in third (it went in first on the first night, and after our play I went home). But our call time was early because of the make-up. So instead of waiting at the backstage for our play to run, I blended in with the audience and watched. I was in awe of the other actors of the other plays. But my favourite among the three other plays was “Ang Huling Rekado ni Emyong”.
It was actually the play that preceded ours, and was the reason why my performance on the second night was better according to our director. I loved, loved, loved “Emyong’s” script and storyline. While watching it my only regret was that I was watching it ALONE. I can’t help but think that I should have forced Randy to watch, or invited my friends and even our helpers to watch. At home, I found myself constantly talking about it. Though Randy and my other friends aren’t really artsy-fartsy and have a tendency to doze off while watching a play, I’m confident they would have loved it because it was light enough and really funny that even the masa audience would have enjoyed it. But it was not as shallow as it may have portrayed, because it was also definitely though-provoking.
Last summer I was raving about “Emyong” again to a UP Com Arts Soc member. Imagine my glee when he said, “Ay actually Ma’am ire-restage po namin ‘yun, together with another play that was written by the same writer.”
Oh my!!! I was so glad that I could finally watch it again, and this time with friends and loved ones! As if its re-staging were not enough, the stars are going to be people close to my heart! The title role Emyong will be played by Deo Paulo “Padeys” Cajano (a BRAIN TRAIN alumnus and our BRAIN TRAIN Intro, UPCAT Miscellaneous, and Test-taking Tips expert), while Doc Chua (the first character that will be introduced to the audience) will be played by Paul Sargei Azurin—my Paperclip director, teaching protégé, and beloved anak-anakan.
Aside from “Emyong” again, I also look forward to watching another obra by the same writer. I have no idea what the storyline of “Sa Hardin ni Madam Rosa” is, but I’m crossing my fingers it will be as good as, or even better, than “Emyong”.
But wait—there’s more! Among its lead stars is another teaching protégé of mine—Patricia Mariz Hilao. O diba?!?
By the way, it is also worth mentioning that this production is for a good cause. It will serve as a benefit event as its proceeds will be donated to Ms. Joyce Canta, a UP Rural High School student who was diagnosed with Stage 3 Lymphoma and is currently in need of financial support for her health maintenance. Joyce Canta by the way is a former BRAIN TRAIN student. She is my friend on Facebook and seeing her optimistic posts about fighting the big, bad C is heart-wrenching. 🙁
The show dates are drawing near, and I’m not exaggerating that I’m really excited about this! Kayo rin, be excited about this! Mark either July 3 or July 4 on your calendars! You may watch the 3 pm or the 7 pm show on either date. For ticket inquiries, please contact 0927-642-8831.
Basta promise, you will love this! Personal guarantee ko ‘to! Mage-enjoy ka na, makakatulong ka pa! So I hope to bump into you at NCAS Audi, ha? Mwah mwah!
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