A Christmas Carol: A New Wonderful Holiday Tradition+

Globe LIVE! and 9 Works Theatrical brings back Alan Menken and Lynn Ahrens’ A Christmas Carol The Musical this December. This year’s re-staging features new stage, new cast and a new Tiny Tim among the many other surprises of this production. I’ve seen last year’s production and I must say, like the source material, it has become timeless. It never gets old and like a child who has longed for Christmas for 12 months, I don’t want it to end.

You know the story of Ebenezer Scrooge (Miguel Faustmann): an old, miserable and selfish man who hates Christmas. He rains on everyone’s parade when everyone else just wants to celebrate and have fun. Then one night, the ghost of his late business partner Jacob Marley (Noel Rayos) warns him to change his ways before it is too late. He tells Scrooge that three spirits would be visiting him to show how his life was, is and will be at Christmas time. Only then would Scrooge realize the true meaning of the holidays: love and family.

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Are You Ready for “Tick, Tick…Boom!” ?1

In celebration of hit musical Rent‘s 20th anniversary, 9 Works Theatrical is continuing its stellar run of musical plays with another one penned and inspired by Jonathan Larson, Tick, Tick...Boom! What’s different this time is that instead of their huge musical productions, like La Cage Aux Folles and American Idiot, 9 Works is stripping down to its rawest, most vulnerable emotions.

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Jef Flores, Tanya Manalang and Ariel Reonal demonstrate how blending is done.

Tick, Tick…Boom! tells the story of an aspiring musical composer, Jon. Like most artists, Jon finds himself at a crossroads: Should he pursue his chosen passion or give in to the comforts of a stable corporate job? Pressured from (and dreading) turning 30, his girlfriend and best friend make him consider giving up his dream of writing his musical.

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Jef Flores is the “struggling artist”, Jon.

Taking the lead role as Jon is Jef Flores who continually makes his mark in the local theater industry. After winning Best Actor (Gawad Buhay for This Is Our Youth), this guy shows no signs of stopping. I first saw Jef as Bazooka Man in Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady. And, while working as an “intern” for the productionI also got to hear him sing different songs from boyband tunes to the Pokémon jingle during sound check (best version ever!). At that point, I wanted to see more of him. And I did. In his stint as Jesus in Godspell, Jef proved that he is a literal gift from the heavens, having demonstrated his many talents and wit. The guy plays the violin, for crying out loud! So…I am one with the people rejoicing that Jef is in Tick, Tick…Boom!. *cries*

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Why Try Theater Workshops+

Theater workshops might not be the top of mind summer activity for your kids (if you have kids), for your siblings and even for you. Well, that was the case for me. I wasn’t really exposed to performance arts when I was younger. I had only been enrolled in a summer swimming class once. Maybe the reason’s financial or that summer classes aren’t as easy to find back in my day (90s HAHA excuse me). My only “experience” in theater then was being cast as a bird in Aladdin in fourth grade. I got sick so I didn’t really make it to the show. *sighs*

My first theater workshop was in April-May 2014 under 9 Works Theatrical. I got hooked instantly that I enrolled the next year again. Needless to say, I loved it!

Here’s a few of my main reasons why you should TRY theater workshops.

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This image was from our last year’s showcase Lucky Stiff. Fun times!

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Must Watch: Red Turnip Theater’s Constellations Final Two Shows Today!+

I got to witness Red Turnip Theater‘s breathtaking adaptation of Nick Payne’s Constellations. Thespians JC Santos and Cris Villonco were completely stellar, fully inhabiting their characters. The story captivates you right from the start and will leave you with the feels long after you have left the performance space.

With the amazing JC Santos
With the amazing JC Santos

Don’t forget to catch the last two shows of Constellations TODAY at the Power Mac Center Spotlight in Circuit Makati! The first show is at 4 p.m., while the final show is at 8 p.m. More details here:

The Winner of 2 Tickets to Watch Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady Is…+

You have sent in your entries for a chance to win 2 tickets to watch Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady on July 18, Saturday at 8PM at OnStage, Greenbelt 1. This show is one of the three remaining shows of Ms. Bituin Escalante as Mely, so hurry up and get your tickets now. She is partnered with Hans Eckstein as Leading Man and co-starring with Kim Molina (Rak of Aegis) as Viva. There are also new cast members for this second run: Rhenwyn Gabalonzo and Chuck Lazaro-Hipol as Henyotic and Bazooka Man, respectively.

Again, this show is for the benefit of Center for Health Improvement and Life Development (CHILDHAUS), a temporary home for patients battling cancer. You’re not only enjoying a great original Filipino-made musical, you’re also supporting a great cause. Plus, Nestle will be giving away scoops of Nestle Temptations Flavors of the World ice cream. Be sure to arrive early at the venue to get FREE ice cream!

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And now. The moment you’ve all been waiting for. The winner of 2 tickets to watch Kung Paano Ako Naging Leading Lady on July 18, 8PM is…

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