Presented in collaboration with UP Quill and Eurotile, "Comeback" runs December 6-8, 2008, with 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows, at the Tanghalang Hermogenes Ylagan, Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura, UP Diliman, Quezon City. Joey Ting directs the production.
The cast of "3D" are Arnold Cao, Mark Jacob, Cara Mesina, Mercedes Cabral, Carlo Garcia, Ram Tolentino, Kimmy Maclang, Via Antonio, Abbu Reynoso, Jonjie Rivera, Ria Paz, Lehner Mendoza, Mike Magallona, Dave Tolentino and Ian De Ausen.
"Couture" stars Vincent de Jesus, Ariel Diccion, Delphine Buencamino, Jacqui Amper and Cai Cortez.
The creative team includes Greece-based set designer Ohm David, lights designer Paolo Paulino, video designer Winter David, graphics designer Dickens Polidario and costume designer Marnelli Puyot, currently the president of UP Quill.
The show is a reunion of sorts for award-winning composer, arranger and musical director Vincent De Jesus and theater director, professor and Manila Times critic Joey Ting. "Comeback" is their fourth collaboration since their first Dulaang Talyer project under the artistic directorship of film and theater director Paul Morales in 1997.
They previously teamed up in the one-act comedy "Quinn," which De Jesus wrote and Ting directed. It starred now GMA-7 producer Lloyd Navera with Geraldine Malacaman-Villamil, Stella Cañete and Thess Antonio, and was staged at the Ora Café owned by indie filmmaker Khavn Dela Cruz. The play was part of the now-defunct Dulaang Talyer Fringe Festival, a month-long festival of short original theatrical works.
Nicolas Pichay’s "Uyayi ng Ulan" became a comedy children’s musical staged at the Abelardo auditorium College of Music in UP Diliman, a 1999 Talyer production which garnered Aliw nominations for Best Musical and Best Director for a Musical in 2000 for Ting. De Jesus created the original music and arrangement, while Pichay did the libretto.
The musical was done in collaboration with the Anino Shadow Play Collective headed by Don Salubayba, together with theater performers Bor Ocampo, Andrew Cruz, Ruth Alferez, Joann Co, Anthony Cruz and ABS-CBN director Neil Tolentino.
In 2001, the Saint Peter The Apostle School in Paco, Manila gave Ting and De Jesus the chance to work again on the musical "Alibaba and the Forty Thieves," held at the PhilAm Life auditorium. Dulaang UP’s Dexter Santos did the choreography, while Voltaire De Jesus handled lights design. Comedy is natural to both award-winning composer, arranger and musical director Vincent De Jesus and theater director / professor and Manila Times critic Joey Ting.
UPTC, for its part, was established in 1993 as an organization for young theater performers in Diliman. The organization has served as birthing ground for many established and respected artists today in the field of theater, film, television, education, journalism and advertising.
These artists include Mario Magallona, Eugene Domingo, Frances Makil-Ignacio, Candy Pangilinan, Dolly De Leon, Mailes Kanapi, Harlene Bautista-Sarmenta, Dante Nico Garcia, Issa Lopez, Ricky Ibe, Edwin Serrano, Dave Tolentino, Armie Arnaldo, Rudolph Baldonado, Christian Lopez, Elmir Castillo, Dexter Santos, Tuxqs Rutaquio, Joey Ting, John Neil Ilao Batalla, Voltaire de Jesus, Ohm David, Jobin Ballesteros, Jethro Joaquin, Gemma Geslani, Lloyd Navera, Chyna Roxas, Rico Gutierrez, Mimi Yapchiongco, Patricia Valenzuela, Geraldine Malacaman-Villamil, Chris Martinez, John Lapus, Justeen Niebres, Andoy Ranay, Roy San Luis, Jojet Gorrez and Tonsi Ignacio.
UPTC's first production was Lito Casaje's "Separasyon," directed by theater stalwart Anton Juan Jr. Other memorable productions include Allan Palileo's "Kapatiran: The Musical" and "Hilakbot," Chris Martinez's "Sa Sabado Sa Sam's" and "Last Order Sa Penguin," and the satirical variety show "Break-a-Leg," which is mounted every two years.
"Comeback" runs December 6-8, 2008, with 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. shows, at the Tanghalang Hermogenes Ylagan, Kolehiyo ng Arte at Literatura, UP Diliman, Quezon City. For ticket inquiries, contact production manager Trixie Dauz at 0915-5362213 or visit uptheatercouncil.multiply.com.