Theater veterans and power voices to join ‘Rak of Aegis’ cast

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The cast of ‘Rak of Aegis’

The cast of ‘Rak of Aegis’

After a successful first run with a line-up of 36 shows, Rak of Aegis the comedy musical is breaking long-standing records with over 100 shows in total as Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) brings back the production for a rerun that began on June 20 at the PETA Phinma stage. Onstage until August 30, show days are from Thursdays to Saturdays.

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Rak of Aegis is a playlist of the chart-topping songs of the iconic Aegis band such as “Luha,” “Halik,” and “Basang-basa sa Ulan.”

The artistic team consisting of playwright Liza Magtoto, PETA artistic director Maribel Legarda, (both were responsible for another PETA hit Care Divas), and actor-musician Myke Solomon, brilliantly placed the songs together to tell the story of Barangay Venizia and young promodizer Aileen.

Two months after a storm hits, Venizia’s residents are miserable in knee-deep flood. Aileen thinks to solve the town’s problems by calling attention to the town through a Youtube video of her singing among the flood.

This comedy musical not only entertains, but showcases the Filipino’s resiliency and natural love for music. As PETA artistic director Maribel Legarda puts it, “The larger objective of PETA in doing original work is always really to be able to express what is the Filipino sentiment, whether it’s in music or performance, or whatever it is through art. We cannot be a world class force if we do not have our own originality!”

This time around, Legarda promises a tighter and cleaner show.

Fans and first-timers are sure to expect stellar performances from theater veterans Robert Seña (Kiel) and Isay Alvarez-Seña (Mary Jane), and breakout star Aicelle Santos (Aileen).

New faces are also to be expected in Barangay Venizia. A brand new Aileen is introduced in Kimverlie Molina, two-time gold medalist in the World Championships of the Performing Arts, and “Senior Grand Championship Vocalist of the World.”

Also lending their power voices are recording-artists-turned-theater-actors OJ Mariano as Kiel, and Jimmy Marquez as Jewel, both of whom started out in the ABS-CBN reality singing competition, Star in a Million.

Comedian and television personality Arnell Ignacio, well known in the theater industry for his roles in Full Monty and The Addams Family, stars as Fernan.

Also joining the ensemble are Rak of Aegis choreographer Gio Gahol; and Ateneo Blue Repertory alumni Abi Sulit and Gab Pangilinan, both PETA first-timers.

Rak of Aegis still includes original cast members Kalila Aguilos, Kakai Bautista, Neomi Gonzales, Jerald Napoles, Pepe Herrera, Myke Salomon, Poppert Bernadas, Nor Domingo, Julienne Mendoza, Ron Alfonso, Phillip Palmos, Gold Villar, Gimbey Dela Cruz, Jet Barrun, Paeng Sudayan, Carlon Matobato and John Moran.

Show times are as follows: Thursdays at 8 p.m.; and Friday to Sunday at 3 and 8 p.m. For ticket reservations log on to www.ticketworld.com.ph or call 891-9999; or contact at PETA 725-6244 and 0917-5765400 or email petatheater@gmail.com.

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