Trumpets eye international audience with ‘Bluebird’

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(From left) Robie Zialcita as Tylo, Anton Posadas as Tylyl, Alessa Zialcita as Myltyl and Lynne Sherman as Tylette

On its 23rd year, theater group Trumpets stages its big musical comeback, with “The Bluebird of Happiness” that aims to teach its audience the valuable meaning of true happiness.

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Asia’s first professional gospel theater group is also hoping that the musical will finally open doors for original Filipino musicals to reach a worldwide audience.

“I’ve always had fond childhood memories of watching Shirley Temple’s movie version and the story was so heartwarming as two children go on an adventure in search of happiness,” Audie Gemora, president of Trumpets told the Manila Times as to why they chose Bluebird as their comeback show.

“The Bluebird of Happiness is highly anticipated to have everything audiences love in a family show: delightful story, colorful characters, beautiful music, fantastic production design, brilliant staging, hearty laughs, touching moments and most importantly, a valuable lesson,” Gemora added.

Based on the play by Maurice Maeterlinck, the brand new, proudly Filipino musical is written by Jaime del Mundo with original music done by Rony Fortich. “It’s an original Filipino production, but we did it in English so that it will be easier to market abroad. We are thinking global because we have this dream of one day selling our plays abroad. I actually have a friend from Broadway Asia who owns the license of several international productions and he is coming to watch Bluebird and consider if the musical will be sellable abroad,” Gemora further revealed.

Besides the bold ambition, it will also be the first Trumpet’s production in years that will not feature a well-known showbiz celebrity.

“It was actually Trumpets that started the trend of casting showbiz celebrities such as Gary Valenciano (Joseph the Dreamer) Carol Banawa, Dianne dela Fuente, Sam Concepcion, Karylle and KC Concepcion, to name a few. We are also the pioneer in promoting our productions via TV and radio commercials and through press conferences. But theater isn’t about the celebrity in the cast or who is famous, but about the material. These celebrities may get the attention of the press but at the end of the day, the audience will judge the show not by the famous names in the cast but by the quality of the production itself,” explains Gemora, who is a noted thespian himself.

“I felt this material is so strong it didn’t need a big name celebrity in the cast, but all the children and the rest of the cast have the star potential to be the next big name in theater.”

Bluebird features an approximately 50-strong cast of notable actors including Mayen Bustamante-Cadd who plays Mama Tyl, the children’s mother; Lynn Sherman and Robie Zialcita as Tylette and Tylo, their pet cat and dog who are magically given human form to be their companions; Jennifer Villegas-dela Cruz as Berylune, the fairy who starts them on their quest for true happiness; Carla Guevarra-Laforteza as Light who provides illumination to their path; Joy Virata and Steve Cadd as Grandma Tyl and Grandpa Tyl, the children’s grandparents whom they meet in the Land of Memory; Joel Trinidad as Night, the dark villain who plots the children’s failure; and Raymund Concepcion as Father Time, whom they meet in the Land of the Future. Mytyl will be played by Alessa Zialcita and Chimmi Kohchet-Chua. Tyltyl will be played by Anton Posadas and Guido Gatmaytan.

For more details, like BluebirdbyTrumpets on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @TheBluebirdMNL Ticket inquiries can be coursed through 901-4364, 891-9999 or www.ticketworld.com.ph.

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