Friday, May 14, 2010

Auditions for TP's Banaag at Sikat, TA's Walang Sugat

1. Banaag at Sikat. Tanghalang Pilipino, CCP’s resident theater company, announces auditions for its upcoming 24th season opener, "Banaag at Sikat, Isang Rock Musical." The auditions will be held on Wednesday, May 19, at the CCP-Bulwagang Amado Hernandez (Conference Room), 2-7 p.m.

With book and lyrics by National Artist for Literature Bien Lumbera, music by Lucien Letaba, production design by National Artist for Theater Design Salvador Bernal and direction by Jose Estrella, "Banaag at Sikat, Isang Rock Musical" revisits Lope K. Santos’ groundbreaking literary work of the same title, about the breakup of the Filipino family and the rise of socialism in the country. It universalizes its socialist theme by juxtaposing central, turn-of-the century Philippines (1911) with music that's very much today--indie rock.

The musical will open at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (CCP-Little Theater) on August 6, 2010. This rock musical is a bold experimentation in its deployment of contemporary musical idioms such as pop, folk, blues, jazz, bass rhythms, brass riffs, melodic anthems to the overriding rock genre, while also employing traditional Filipino-Spanish rhythms (danza and tiempo de balitao) in modern orchestrations.

Needed are strong male and female actors who can sing and move, are 18 years old and above, and are comfortable with pop-rock, alternative rock and jazz-rock. For the leads, sopranos (not necessarily conservatory-trained), tenors and baritones will be auditioned. For the chorus, choir training is a plus.

Mature male and female actor/singers who are--or can look like they are--in their 50s-60s, are also needed.

Submit resume together with 2 pictures (a head shot and a full-body photo) and perform a song of your choice and a song from one of the following groups/singers: Bamboo, Rivermaya, True Faith, Mayonnaise, Sponge Cola, Kitchie Nadal, Barbie's Cradle, After Image, 6cyclemind, Sugarfree, Sandwich, Parokya ni Edgar, Orange and Lemons, MYMP, Itchyworms, Cueshe, Hale, South Border.

Also, prepare a 1-to 2 minute monologue in Filipino (classical piece, such as Balagtas or Shakespeare translation), and a 1-to-2 minute dance or movement piece (may be incorporated in the song).

Copies of the audition piece are available at the Tanghalang Pilipino office, 2/F Production Design Center Bldg., CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd., Pasay City.

Applicants must be available for the production schedule with rehearsals running for six weeks prior to the opening on August 6, 2010, and weekend performances at the CCP Little Theater until August 29, 2010.

For inquiries and other details, please call 8323661 or 8321125 local 1620/1621, or e-mail

2. Walang Sugat. The Loyola Schools is currently searching for singers and actors interested in joining its restaging of Severino Reyes and Fulgencio Tolentino’s sarsuwela, "Walang Sugat."

Auditions will be held this coming May 17-19 at the Natividad Galang Fajardo Room, Dela Costa Building, Ateneo de Manila University from 4:30-7:30pm.

Those who audition are expected to sing a kundiman, church song or any song from "Walang Sugat" or other sarsuwelas, and to read lines from the play. They will also be asked to provide a 1x1 ID picture for their audition forms.

Still under the direction of Tanghalang Ateneo’s Artistic Director, Dr. Ricardo Abad, and the musical direction of Chino Toledo, "Walang Sugat" will be running on August of the current year, with rehearsals starting at the end of May.

"Walang Sugat" is a love story set at the peak of the Philippine Revolution, between the heroic Captain Tenyong and his childhood sweetheart Julia. The sarsuwela ran for seven full house performances early this year.

For inquiries and other concerns, call Julia Motoomull 0905-2216176.

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