After a theater season that saw four exciting productions--"Tuesdays With Morrie," "Hamlet," "Romance in D" and "Altar Boyz"--Repertory Philippines turns to musicals in the second half of its theatrical year.
Disney's "Mulan (Jr.)" opens on August 9 at Onstage Theater in Greenbelt 1 and will run until December 17, while the beloved classic "A Christmas Carol," with music by Alan Menken and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, opens November 14 and will run until December 21 at the same venue.
"Mulan" is based on the Disney film of the same name and features the same songs, including pop favorite "Reflections." This stage version was written specially for young audiences by Patricia Cotter with music and lyrics by Matthew Wilder, David Zippel, Stephen Schwartz, Jeanine Tesori and Alexa Junge, with music adapted and arranged by Bryan Louiselle.
The musical is a production of Rep's Children's Theater, which has featured such musicals for young audiences as "Cinderella," "Aladdin (Jr.)," "Pinocchio," "Sleeping Beauty" and many others. It features some of Rep's most seasoned actors, including Cris Villonco, Cara Barredo and Caisa Borromeo alternating in the role of Mulan; PJ Valerio, Reuben Uy and Felix Rivera alternating in the role of Shang; and Red Concepcion, Robbie Guevara Rem Zamora and Chevy Mercado alternating in the role of Mushu, the dragon wannabe.
Supporting them will be a strong cast of veterans and talented newcomers. "Mulan" is directed by Joy Virata with choreography by Denisa Reyes and sets and costumes by Niki Torres.
"A Christmas Carol" is based on the Charles Dickens classic and was chosen by Rep to allow families and people of all ages and all persuasions to get into the true Christmas spirit by enjoying this beautiful story.
It is the story of Ebenezer Scrooge who hates Christmas but who, with the help of Tiny Tim and the Cratchit family, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present and Christmas future, discovers the true meaning of Christmas.
REP has staged this musical twice before using different versions. This time it uses the version with music by famed Broadway composer Alan Menken ("The Litte Mermaid," "Aladdin," "Beauty and the Beast") and his equally well-known lyricist, Lynn Ahrens. The version has been staged many times in the famous Madison Square Garden in New York and has been made into a movie.
Audie Gemora and Michael Williams will alternate in the role of Scrooge. "A Christmas Carol" will also feature a full live orchestra courtesy of the Manila Symphony Orchestra, and will be directed by Rep Artistic Director Baby Barredo and veteran actor Robbie Guevara.
Both "Mulan" M and "A Christmas Carol" offer opportunities for fundraising, advertising sponsorships and corporate Christmas treats for employees and clients.
Special showings and group sales are available at very discounted rates. Call 8870710for information. More information about the productions, show sponsorships, and about Rep at www.repertory-philippines.com.