Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Auditions, recitals this May at Gantimpala Theater

May is a very busy month for Gantimpala Theater. On May 17, veteran stage director Tony Espejo discusses the story behind the 32-year-old Gantimpala, the group he established and built up to be one of the most enduring of its kind, in “Art 2 Art”, Philippine radio’s premier talk show on arts and culture.

Hosted by prima ballerina Lisa Macuja, “Art 2 Art” airs on DZRH every Sunday, 3:30-4 p.m. It is produced by the Manila Broadcasting Company, the largest radio network in the Philippines. Its flagship station, DZRH, is the oldest radio station in the Philippines covering, 97 percent of the archipelago.

On May 21, 6 p.m., the workshoppers of the annual summer musical theater workshop will hold their culminating recital called “Luneta 2009.” Direction by Roeder Camañag, musical direction by Onyl Torres with script written by J. Dennis Teodosio. Tickets at P100.

“Luneta 2009” is about the lives of the colorful people who regularly visit the historic park in the heart of Manila. Filipino pop tunes and dances will be interpreted by this summer’s workshoppers. The Gantimpala Theater Actors’ Company will also present a special theater movement performance choreographed and directed by Roobak Valle.

On May 25–June 1, Gantimpala Theater opens its doors to theater practitioners as Ed Murillo conducts a 10-day stage and production management workshop at the Rehearsal Hall of the Open Air Auditorium Building.

Murillo, one of Manila’s most prominent stage managers, will teach the rudiments of theater stage and production management. This workshop will culminate in a presentation of 10-minute plays run by the workshoppers. Workshop fee is P3,000.

Also on May 25 and 26, Gantimpala Theater will hold its 32nd Season auditions at the Rehearsal Hall of the Open Air Auditorium Building, 2 p.m.-7 p.m. Those who will audition must bring a resume, two pictures (close-up and whole body) and must be ready to read a portion of a script from one of the Four Classics.

The first day (May 25) is exclusively for the Gantimpala Actors’ Company and celebrity guests. The second day (May 26) is the general auditions. Directors Soxie Topacio (“Florante at Laura”), Adriana Agcaoili (“Noli Me Tangere”), Roobak Valle (“Ibong Adarna” and “El Filibusterismo”), Jose Jeffrey Camañag (“Our Town”) and artistic director Tony Espejo (“Cinderella”) will conduct the auditions.

For more information, call 5280603/5365860/0921-5286308, e-mail or visit

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