Lame pun. Can't help it, though. You see, that's Risa Hontiveros right there in the picture, third from left, decades before she became the fiery Akbayan party-list representative in Congress. Just 14 years old in 1980, she played one of Captain Von Trapp's seven children in Repertory Philippines' stellar production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music," directed by the late Bibot Amador.
Consider the other cast members: (from left) Menchu Lauchengco (now Yulo, then 17 and playing Liesl), Raymond Lauchengco (14, honing his chops for "Bagets" and "Farewell" a few years down the road), Javier Arriaga (12), Monique Wilson (10), Lea Salonga (9), and Angela Adams (5).
Baby Barredo was Maria, Chito Ponce Enrile was Captain Von Trapp, Celia Diaz Laurel was the Baroness Schraeder, Freddy Santos was Max Detweiler, Irma Potenciano was the Mother Abbess and Audie Gemora was Rolf (the love-struck young Nazi who duets with Liesl on "I Am Sixteen").
Amazing, isn't it?
Rep is restaging "The Sound of Music" on Nov. 11-Dec. 17 at Onstage Theater, Greenbelt 1, this time with Monique Wilson and Menchu Lauchengco-Yulo alternating as Maria, Audie Gemora as Captain Von Trapp (taking turns with Michael Williams), and Cherie Gil as the Baroness, under Baby Barredo's direction. Call 8870710/8919999.
"Monique, Menchu and the sound of Maria." Read it here.
Call her Superwoman. Nearly simultaneously with "The Sound of Music," Monique Wilson also headlines the New Voice Company's production of Eve Ensler's "The Good Body." Jerome Ang writes about it in "They Feel the Body Electric." Read it here.
Remember the famous opening shots? The peaks, forests and valleys of the Alps, the spires and gables of Salzburg, then the camera zooming in on a girl tramping up a meadow... How can I forget? "The Sound of Music" was the first movie I saw! I was six years old. Courtesy of YouTube, here's what I'm talking about (note: © copyright by 20th Century Fox). Enjoy!
Up next: Q&A with Ms. Wilson and Ms. Lauchengco-Yulo!