THE Cultural Center of the Philippines is partnering with two established educational institutions in the country for stage shows this month.
The first one is the original new musical billed as Ampalaya The Musical to be brought to Manila for the first time by the Silliman University through its Cultural Affairs Committee. It shows on July 15, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., at the CCP Tanghalang Nicanor Abelardo (Main Theater).
Ampalaya is a musical theatrical performance that celebrates Philippine culture through music, dances, games and values. It explores issues like the ugliness of envy and greed and what it does to people, and embracing and nurturing one’s gifts and strengths.
This is achieved through catchy melodies, colorful costumes and animation, which are sure to delight all audiences and take them to a happy journey of revisiting their childhood days. It is based on the award winning children’s story “Alamat ng Ampalaya” (The Legend of Ampalaya) written by Augie Rivera Jr. with original music by renowned New York-based guitar virtuoso Maestro Michael Dadap.
The Orchestra Sin Arco (Orchestra of Plucked Instruments) performs under the baton of Michael Dadap.
The play is directed by Dessa Quesada-Palm of the Philippine Educational Theater Association, with musical direction by Dr. Elizabeth Susan Vista-Suarez and choreography by Angelo Sayson. The musical features many of Dumaguete’s local thespians and singers.
From July 17 to 19, it is the De La Salle University-Harlequin Theater Guild’s turn to present a musical comedy entitled Magtanggol Liberacion! at the CCP Tanghalang Huseng Batute.
Previously staged as Pinatay Si Mayor! In March in De La Salle University, Magtanggol Liberacion! features political activist, Mae Paner, known as Juana Change, and other performers.
The play is written by Carlos Palanca awardee and renowned playwright Rody Vera and directed by ALIW awards nominee and the Guild’s artistic director Romualdo “Raffy” Tejada.
A newly elected government official, Magtanggol Liberacion, was found dead at a dumpsite early one morning. According to the authorities, multiple stabs were found to be the cause of death. Until now, the killer has not yet been identified. Rumors escalating around the town point to the previous mayor who filed for an electoral fraud against Liberacion.
Tickets for the show are available at ticketworld.net and at the CCP Box Office. Discounts are available for students and senior citizens. For more information, contact the Silliman University at (035) 422-4365 (landline), 0917-3235953 (mobile), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com; or DLSU through Geordina Carla Uy at 0917-5463401 or firstname.lastname@example.org.