Saturday, January 24, 2009

Ateneo's Dulaang Sibol presents From Shylock to Serapio

Theater has been a big part of many Ateneans’ way of life. And as Ateneo nears its 150th year, its Sesquicentennial, the University aims to celebrate its rich and colorful theater tradition with more heartwarming plays.

As a segment of the Ateneo de Manila High School’s participation in the Sesquicentennial celebration, Dulaang Sibol presents “From Shylock to Serapio in Sibol.”

The production showcases the high school’s journey from borrowed English plays to original plays; from the trial scene in William Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice,” the first major Ateneo High School production in 1957, to Paul Dumol’s “Ang Paglilitis ni Mang Serapio,”the first major winner in the AHS’ second Paligsahang Pandulaan in 1968.

The trial scene from “The Merchant of Venice” stars Romar Chuca (2M) as Shylock, Paeng Valenzuela (4A) as Antonio, and Gabi Perez (4K) as Portia. These performers are currently Ateneo de Manila High School students and members of Dulaang Sibol.

“Ang Paglilitis Ni Mang Serapio” stars Jet Pacapac stars as Serapio; Justin Aquino is the Unang Tagapagtanong. Pacapac and Aquino are Dulaang Sibol alumni who are now in college.

The show will have a last performance today, 6:30 p.m., at the Tanghalang Pagsanghan in the Ateneo High School campus, Loyola Heights. Tickets are at Php150 each.

“From the beginning of the Ateneo’s institution, the classical Spanish drama and religious plays and pageants were cultivated with marked success. No year passed without one or two major productions,” wrote Fr. Repetti, SJ on Ateneo’s rich tradition in dramatics.

From the first Ateneo-produced play on record--“El Punal del Godo (The Dagger of the Goth)”--during the commencement exercises of 1874, up to the plays now being produced by the Ateneo Children’s Theater (ACT) of the Grade School, Dulaang Sibol of the High School, and Tanghalang Ateneo, Entablado, and Blue Repertory of the Loyola Schools, students have been prolific in putting out plays that entertain, delight, educate and inspire.


FrRoy said...

Gibbs, I hope you had the chance to catch "Serapio" ... having in mind of re-staging it for the 25th anniversary of OLPS class 1987 in 2012. :-)

beektur said...

SP42012! SeraPio for 2012, not the other SP ;)

I love this play. I remember the national competition held around this play. What a great text for interpretation. This and Sining Kambayoka's Lawig Balangay comprise two of my best theater memories. Wasn't Serapio written by Paul Dumol when he was in his teens? Didn't he later disassociate himself from the play? That, too, makes a great text.

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