Miguel Mendoza of “Philippine Idol” and “Pinoy Dream Academy” makes his professional stage debut in Atlantis Productions’ “Spring Awakening,” set to run September 25-October 17, 2009 at the RCBC Theater, Makati City.
In Duncan Sheik’s groundbreaking rock musical, which won 7 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Mendoza plays the supporting role of Georg, a piano student who has difficulties concentrating on his music because of his fascination for the feminine charms of his teacher. Just like the other characters in the play, Georg discovers the nuances of adulthood and the pains of growing up.
Before his stints in the television singing competitions “Philippine Idol” and “Pinoy Dream Academy,” Mendoza had been in a number of school productions, including “Godspell” and “You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”
Meanwhile, Kelly Frances Lati, 18, is set to star as Wendla, the lead role originated by Lea Michele in the Broadway production of “Spring Awakening.”
Born and bred in New York City, Kelly has been studying and watching musical theater for as long as she can remember. She has a gamut of roles in her portfolio, among them Little Red Riding Hood in “Into the Woods,” Catherine in “Pippin” and Sally Brown in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.” She was one of over 200 who came to audition for the musical's Manila staging. Her callback video was sent to the New York Producers for final casting approval.
The rest of the cast will be announced soon. Due to the show's explicit content, parental discretion is advised.
“Spring Awakening” will be directed by Chari Arespacochaga, and is made possible through a special licensing agreement with its Broadway producers: Ira Pittleman, Tom Hulce, Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel.
It runs September 25-October 17, 2009 at Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati. Only a few shows remain available for showbuying and fundraising. Call Atlantis Productions at 8927078 or 8401187 for more information.
PLUS: Director Chari Arespacochaga talks about mounting the Manila production and her casting process and choices; Miguel and Kelly also share their thoughts about the musical.