Something new, something old; something borrowed, something blue

    ‘Arbol de Fuego,’ which premieres tonight at the PETA Theater Center, marks seasoned actress Cherie Gil’s return to the stage

    ‘Arbol de Fuego,’ which premieres tonight at the PETA Theater Center, marks seasoned actress Cherie Gil’s return to the stage

    The Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) welcomes the new year with a marriage of different theater treats—from world-class productions to uniquely experiential workshops.

    The season’s curtain raiser is a new and spectacular production starring Cherie Gil in Rody Vera’s adaptation of Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard, Arbol de Fuego.

    Something to also look forward to would be the return of two incredible productions that both put an interesting twist on a Shakespearean classic, King Lear, Haring Lear.

    As PETA is not only known for its original Filipino productions but is also a strong believer of the influence of theater in education, the company will mount anew their annual summer program for aspiring theater performers alongside a promising assembly of plays for the rest of the season.

    All new
    Right after the success of the hit rock-comedy musical, Rak of Aegis, PETA gears up for another spectacle that is Rody Vera’s Arbol de Fuego.

    Arbol de Fuego is the grounding of Chekhov’s world classic, The Cherry Orchard. The production maintains the dark comedic humor of Chekhov’s original masterpiece but displaces it during the economic decline of the Philippines in the 1970s. It focuses on the plight and struggles of Enriquetta Jardeleza-Sofronio as she returns to her family’s hacienda in Negros only to be broken the news on the foreclosure of their land.

    Marking Cherie Gil’s return to the stage alongside other seasoned theater performers, Arbol de Fuego is poised to become another hit in the Philippine theater scene.

    The rest of the cast members are comprised of Raffy Tejada, Bembol Roco, Leo Rialp, Jake Macapagal, and Angeli Bayani, with production design and direction by New York-based director, Loy Arcenas.

    The production premieres today and runs through March 15 at the PETA Theater Center.

    Old and borrowed
    As classics never go out of style, PETA brings back the lyrical work of Shakespeare through Bienvi-nido Lumbera’s adaptation of King Lear, Haring Lear. The production had its first run at the PETA Theater Center in 2012 and was presented at the Kuandu Arts Festival in Taiwan in 2014.

    Directed by renowned director, Nonon Padilla, Haring Lear, is about a loving father who bequeaths his kingdom among his three children, only to be betrayed by two of them. PETA’s reworking of his classic sets the Shakespearean text in a post-apocalyptic world with an all-male cast.

    Something blue
    With just a few months away from the hot summer season, PETA welcomes the blue skies and the warm breeze with the PETA Summer Program. Every summer, the PETA Theater Center becomes a melting pot of fresh talent as it opens its doors to theater aspirants of all ages with the Summer Program.

    Starting April 7 until May 17, creative individuals from children to teens to working adults gather at the center to learn and experience theater in a new light with PETA’s unique Integrated Theater Arts approach (ITA). The ITA tackles all the fundamentals of good theater such as body movement, drama, music, and dance and incorporates it into all the courses offered in the PETA summer program.

    What makes this year’s summer program different from previous years is its wider reach and the introduction of a new course, Advanced Acting. Moreover, residents in the Parañaque-Taguig area may now experience PETA’s brand of workshops as courses are also open for enrollment at the Mint College.

    The courses offered for this year’s Summer Program are: Children’s Theater 1 and 2; Teen Theater; Theater Arts; Basic Acting; Creative Musical Theater 1and 2; and Advanced Acting. The advanced acting course will taught by seasoned director, Nonon Padilla, who will tackle a variety of contemporary an classic materials to experienced theater artists.

    For more information on PETA’s upcoming productions and workshops, log on to www.petatheater.com or call 725-6244. Tickets are available at TicketWorld with website www.ticketworld.com.ph and contact 891-9999.


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