Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tanghalang Pilipino's new children's musical based on Virgilio Almario work

Through a grant from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Tanghalang Pilipino presents “Dugtong-Dugtong na Sumbong (Ang Hukuman ni Sinukuan),” the third production in its 24th Theater Season (2010-2011) that celebrates the National Artist as a “modern Filipino Idol.”

Adapted for the stage by Liza Magtoto, “Dugtong-Dugtong na Sumbong (Ang Hukuman ni Sinukuan)” is based on National Artist for Literature Virgilio Almario’s re-telling of the popular tale. It combines a folktale about the mosquito that is common to a lot of Asian countries with one that is uniquely Filipino, about the kingdom of Mariang Sinukuan in Pampanga.

With music by Jed Balsamo and production design by Patty Eustaquio, the play promises to be a fun and exciting feast for the senses, where set pieces ingeniously transform into costumes that turn actors into different characters right before the audience's eyes.

This musical play for children of all ages features actors who sing, move and play musical instruments while giving life to a variety of animal characters. The cast includes Nina Angela Rumbines (as Mariang Sinukuan), Abner Delina, Marc Anthony Falcon and Michael Ian Lomongo.

The production will be staged under the artistic vision of Tess Jamias, an alumna of the TP Actors Company. Her directorial work for TP includes “R.A.W.,” “The Lover,” “Pamaypay, Kutsilyo, Yantok,” and, most recently, “Apples from the Desert.”

“Dugtong-Dugtong na Sumbong (Ang Hukuman ni Sinukuan)” opens November 12, 2010, at 3 p.m. and will run until November 21, at the CCP Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino (Little Theater). Morning shows (10 a.m.) on November 13, 14, 17, 18, 18, 20 and 21; and afternoon shows (3 p.m.) on November 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 18, 20 and 21.

For ticket reservations, booking of special performances and other information, call TP 8323661/832-1125 locals 1620-1621, CCP Box Office 8323704 or Ticketworld 8919999.

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