• DLSU-Harlequin Theater stages rendition of ‘The Sky Over Dimas’


    HarlequinDe La Salle University’s Harlequin Theater Guild (HTG) takes on another challenge with their rendition of Tim Dacanay’s stage adaptation of the Palanca Award-winning novel, The Sky Over Dimas’ written by Vicente Garcia Groyon.

    Directed by Romualdo Tejada, this student-based theater group revisits the uncanny story of the Torrecarions on November 21, 23 and 25 at the Teresa Yuchengco Auditorium, De La Salle University in Manila.

    This is another endeavor for HTG after receiving nominations for Best Cultural Group and Best Non-musical Production in the Aliw Awards last year for their performance in Unang Ulan ng Mayo. On their 47th season, the group goes in the heart of Bacolod’s high society manifested by Groyon’s character, the Torrecarions, a notorious hacienda family with dark secrets filled with greed, deceit, and betrayal that anyone in the family cannot escape from.

    Amidst all secrets, there is but one person who will do anything and everything to end the cycle continuously haunting his family. That is in the persona of George Torrecarion, who is fed up with all the lies.

    As his great-grand father Faustino reveals more lies about the family’s origin, George exiles himself to Hacienda Dimas where it all began and exposes the darkest skeletons of his family’s past.

    Looking back to HTG’s first run of the production, Ava Vivian Gonzales-Gaddi said, “The adaptation was faithful to the original and in terms of the translation, at some point, I forgot that the novel was written in English. Watching the stage adaptation piqued interest in the novel, which could only a good thing for novelists, playwrights, and their intended audiences.”

    Now for its upcoming second run, HTG accepts the challenge to perplex its audience and further the appreciation for original Filipino works.

    The adaptation went to great lengths to illustrate the story itself through stage direction of Tejada and their detailed set design.

    Gonzales-Gaddi explains that, “The high balcony at stage left is literally an apex, where a character’s dream comes true or is where his or her noblest self is seen. Right across the gate is the hole where George endlessly digs up the shadows of his past and unconscious, and is where his son Raphael confronts his own, only to run away from them.”

    With finesse, the juxtaposition of the sky and ground are emphasized, which becomes the pulse that keeps the story alive. HTG welcomes award-winning actor Bembol Roco to play the role of George Torrecarion, alongside Redjie Jimenez, a professional theater actor, reprising his role from last March’s run.

    The rest of the cast includes HTG alumni Charisse Ang and Senior Member Janine Martinez as Margie Torrecarion. Senior Member Jose Rufino Dy Buco plays as Raffy Torrecarion.

    Music scoring of the show is by Dodgie Fernandez, whose recent works include HTG’s ‘Si Tonying at ang Mahiwagang Aklat ng Kasaysayan’ and PETA’s ‘Haring Lear.’

    Set design made by Joseph Duran, whose recent works include La Salle Dance Company-Contemporary’s Sudhaya and HTG’s Si Tonying at ang Mahiwagang Aklat ng Kasaysayan. Light design handled by Tanghalang Pilipino’s resident lighting designer Katsch SJ Catoy.

    To witness the mysterious lives of the Torrecarions, catch the show on November 21 (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m., November 22 and 23 (Friday and Saturday) at 10:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., and November 25 (Monday) at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are sold at P200 each.

    For additional information, contact Janella Gangat at 0917 500 5708 or email at harlequintheatreguild@gmail.com.


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