• Australia’s ‘Short+Sweet’ plays at the Samsung Hall

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    Short + Sweet Festival Producer Vaishali Ray and Festival director Divya Rajan-Sriram

    Short + Sweet Festival Producer Vaishali Ray and Festival director Divya Rajan-Sriram

    The Samsung Hall at SM Aura Premier is currently hosting the month-long Short+Sweet Theatrical Festival from Australia.

    Comprised of Master Classes, 33 10-minuter plays for the “Main Show,” 18 short plays for the “Wild Cards,” and the grand gala finale, the festival opened on September 5 with Jeremy Domingo’s “Voice for the Theatre” master class, which focused on voice projection, placement and dynamics for the proper use of the actor’s voice on stage. The following day, September 6, Joem Antonio’s master class on “Compact Scriptwriting, How to optimize a ten-minute limit by” guided participants on how to write a story meant for a 10-minute live performance.

    Short+Sweet is an Australian theatrical initiative that has grown into an international creative brand-presenting Theatre, Dance and Music Festivals, all in 10 minutes, and is also hosted in different cities in the world like Mumbai, Singapore, Melbourne, Canberra, Kuala Lumpur, Newcastle, Chennai, New Delhi, Dubai, Bengaluru, Penang, Brisbane, and Philippines. Hollywood will be in addition in 2016, and will feature the best plays from around the world.

    Still scheduled for the rest of the month are: Ami Ramolete’s master class on “Discovering the Art of Puppetry through Acting,” tackiling the Actor as Puppeteer and the Puppeteer of the Actor and on September 12; Jac Vidgen’s “Optiman Breathing Techniques to Empower Performance and Health On and Off the Stage” on September 13; “Irreverent Reference” by Nicanor Campos and Christine Cojuanco on September 19; and “Movement on Drama” by Aruna Viswadoss on September 20.

    The participating actors, directors and master class lecturers of the month-long theatrical shorts festival

    The participating actors, directors and master class lecturers of the month-long theatrical shorts festival

    All master classes will be held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, with a corresponding participation fee.

    Short+Sweet’s highlight, however, will be the “Main Show,” which features the 33 10-minuter plays. These include “Something toTell You” written by Ashleigh Stathakis and directed by Alvin Joseph Veneracion; “Fear” written by Ian Burgess and directed by Manu Respall; “ Takpsilim” written by Christian Vallez and directed by Blanche Louise Buhia; “Divine” written by Carlo Pacolor Garcia and directed by James Harvey Estrada, and “Lunes” written by Bernalyn Sastrillo and directed by Andrew Cruz.

    Other short and sweet plays include: “Kwentong Beerhouse” written by Eliserio and directed by Basty Bastitis, “The Turn Around”written by David Vazdauskas and directed by Norberto Portales; “You Are Driving Me Crazy’ written by Todd Wallinger and directed by Julius Tabios; and “The Perfect Independent Film” written by Trace Crawford and directed by Bryan James Ocampo.

    All plays will be shown from Fridays to Sundays in month of September at 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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