Kultura is the arts troupe of the University of Asia and the Pacific, and Pygmalion (itself derived from a Greek myth) is, well, the basis for the classic musical My Fair Lady, about the phonetics professor Henry Higgins' efforts to transform Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle into a dainty, high-society English lady.
The remaining shows are on March 5 (Wed) 3 p.m., March 6 (Thu) 7:45 p.m., March 8 (Sat) 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., at the Dizon Auditorium, G/F Development Communications Bldg., University of Asia and the Pacific, Pearl Drive, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.
Pygmalion is directed by UA&P faculty member X Vallez. The cast is made up of UA&P students, faculty members and alumni: Joel Parcon, Roni Balbieran, Sara Badr, Bea Abalajon, Mikey Dosdos, Edmund Martinez, Jonathan Guillermo, Jam Mancenido, Yammie Tolentino , Tricia Santos-Fermin, Kate Alconga, Krisan Jacomina, Carla Dionzon, Rhenz Gabalonzo and JC Ramos.
I've seen only one Kultura production so far--Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest last year, which starred Niccolo Manahan (a UA&P alumnus) and some students. It was a small-scale, charming production that had surprisingly good amateur actors. Wait--surprising only in the sense that you went into the theater not expecting anything and you walked away impressed and entertained by undiscovered talents. One actor in particular stood out: Javi Coromina, who got the role of the bored, foppish aristocrat down pat. I wonder where this chap is now.
Keen to watch Pygmalion? E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org asap so I can direct you to the contact person holding the free tickets. More information about the show here.
P.S. Okay, not exactly anonymous. The tickets are courtesy of LightChasers Photography.
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