Saturday, September 29, 2007

'Ang Pagong At Ang Matsing' from Gantimpala

Inspired by the comic strip drawn by national hero Dr. Jose Rizal and made into a children's play by Palanca award-winning writer J. Dennis Teodosio, “Ang Pagong At Ang Matsing” opens in Manila for a limited engagement.

The play’s music is composed by noted musical director Jesse Lucas, with direction by Gantimpala Theater's artistic director Tony Espejo.

Espejo presents a musical version that gives kids and the young-at-heart lessons about friendship, fairness, forgiveness, sharing and laughter, presented by singing and dancing humans that take on animal and plant qualities.

Michael King Urieta (Pagong), Francis Ong (Matsing), Meldea Flor Formacil (Suso, the best friend of Pagong) and Anthony Cruz (Tarsier, partner in crime of Matsing); Rommel Ponseca (Mango), Ronald Concepcion (Acacia), John Paolo Garcia (Mangrove), Rene Nisperos (Upper Banana Part) and Rommel Aratan (Lower Banana Part) are the main characters.

Bringing the colorful world of Ang Pagong at Ang Matsing to life are Joey Nombres (lights designer), Anthony Cruz (choreographer), Allain de Leon (assistant director), Jay-R Inocencio (stage manager) and Jorge Cabullo (production manager)

Fresh from successful performances in Subic, Pampanga and Tarlac, this special Pearl Anniversary presentation will have a limited Manila run starting October 18, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and October 24, 25-26, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

“Ang Pagong at Ang Matsing” will also tour Cavite (SM Bacoor on November 28, 29 and 30), Cebu, Baguio and key provinces in Mindanao early next year.

Also, a special public showing of the musical “Handog ng Gantimpala Para sa Kabataan ng Maynila” is slated on December 1, 7 p.m., at the Concert at the Park Open Air Auditorium in Luneta, Manila.

For the Manila shows, call 8995745 or 8963503. For the touring performances, call 5280603 or (04)-5365860. E-mail

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