Children's theater for toddlers, digital fashion photography, anime production, VJ hosting, baking, professional make up, stage direction, rehearsal techniques, voice workshops, and choreography for non-dancers add up to Playshop's all-time favorite children's musical theater, teens and adults' musical theater, street dance, modeling, public speaking and hosting, master class, and theater production workshops.
"At 15, Playshop is still growing and opening up to exciting new things. New students and Playshop graduates are all invited to attend our first Playshop Expo, and a tribute show by the end of summer. We make Playshop accessible at the Podium, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Alabang Town Center, and possibly two more venues in Makati City," says Audie Gemora, one of the pioneering minds behind Playshop.
Many top performing artists and personalities are products of Playshop and Musicademy, Trumpets' school for voice, instruments, stage performance, and languages. These include Asia's Pop Idol Christian Bautista; tween heartthrob Sam Concepcion; Hollywood Olympics champions Aria Clemente and Reymond Sajor; The Playshop Kids; recording artists Bituin Escalante, Kyla, Cheska Ortega, Raki Vega, Joaqui Valdes and Gian Magdangal; news reporters Carlo Lorenzo and Nina Corpuz; thespians Maita Ponce and Red Concepcion; TV personalities Tessa Prieto-Valdes, Bettinna Carlos, Heart Evangelista, PJ Valerio and Say Alonzo; even cosmetic surgeon Manny Calayan finished at least one course with Playshop and Musicademy.
"The key to Playshop's success all these years lies in a strict adherence to an excellent curriculum; competent and inspiring faculty; and a premium on values. The Playshop syllabus has an unwritten rule that more important than techniques and skills are the core values students must learn to truly succeed. These values include love for God, discipline, friendship, and character," says Playshop director Lani Mabilangan-Ligot.
"It is not enough that they are taught, students have to be able to implement what they learned," adds Ligot.
Outstanding Playshop students are encouraged to join productions that Trumpets and STAGES, its sister company, have been producing. Some Playshoppers auditioned and were cast in the recent productions of Disney's "High School Musical On Stage," and Trumpets' original musical "First Name."
Playshop is accepting enrollees this early. Workshop rates are at P5,500 for musical theater, and public speaking and hosting; P6,000 for street dance; and P7,500 for modeling.
The workshops will run from April 2 to June 1. Call 6362842 for other queries.
They practically grew up in Trumpets Playshop: Iñaki Ting, Sam Concepcion, Kathleen Francisco, Cheska Ortega and Tanya Manalang