JULIAN ROXAS & MARTIN BUEN STAR IN GANTIMPALA THEATER’S “Ang Prinsepe at ang Pulubi”


Julian & Martin

Julian & Martin

Gantimpala Theater tours the provinces once more, bringing to kids and the young at heart, “Ang Prinsepe at ang Pulubi,” a new children’s musical based on Mark Twain’s classic Engish tale ‘The Prince and the Pauper,” under the direction of Gean Allain de Leon, with book and libretto by the late Beth Nacion Puyot.

Leading the cast are theater newcomers Julian Roxas as Prinsepe Edward Tudor and Martin Buen as Tom Canty, the pulubi.
Roxas, De La Salle University Political Science graduate, athlete, commercial and ramp model says, “I am very happy that Gantimpala has given me this opportunity.”
For him Edward is, “A typical rich boy whose life is planned out for him that is why he wants to see what is out there, what is outside the walls of the place Being young, he craces for adventure.  We are similar in that aspect, I am adventurous type of person, for me, anything goes. One must really see the world and explore new things.”
“Every body is welcoming and very friendly.. I just feel comfortable, it’s like I found another family,” enthuses Roxas of  his Gantimpala experience.
He goes on, ‘Doing theater is like coming back to school but this time you are more focused. There is no reason for you to get bored or distracted. I admire the people’s discipline. It is something else. Frankly, every rehearsal gets better and better. Theater is what I want to do.”
In the nearest future, Julian wants to be a successful actor, then an athlete, continue giving life to character or lead roles in TV or film, and of course, doing more plays. .
Any first day jitters? Roxas smiles and answers, “I picture that day will be frightening and of course, exciting. I know I will get by. We will get by. Positive that I will get support from every one.”
Julian Roxas as Prinsepe Edward Tudor /Martin Buen as Thomas Canty

Julian Roxas as Prinsepe Edward Tudor /Martin Buen as Thomas Canty

            Buen, who portrays the role of Tom Canty is a BS Englisg graduate, a former pre-school teacher, and flight attendant.
            “I am happy,” begins Martin. “I find myself smiling every day. The daily choreography, blocking sessions, singing and dancing, every day is a learning experience. Time flies so fast during rehearsals, mabibigla ka na lang, tapos na siya,”.
            “Tom is a chap tired of living miserably,” Buen describes his role. “He desires to be part of the nobility. So when the opportunity happens, he took it, not knowing that being a prince is not an easy task.  In the end he realizes that there is much responsibilities that a prince carries, especially for England. It is not all festivities and flirting.”
            “Every one should see it, not only kids,  because it will open up the eyes and hearts of people to the many realities of life,” adds Martin about the play.
            Other important characters in the musical are Ralph Bantilan as King Henry VIII, Ronald Concepcion as Miles Hendon, Enrhil Serguino as John Canty, Donalyn Balbag as Gng. Canty, and Darby Dizon as Lord Hertford.
            Rounding up the production and artistic staff are RJ Jimenez, musical composer.  Lights Design by Joseph Matheu. Production Design by Joey de Guzman. Production Manager is Jorge Cabullo. Stage Manager is Roselle Buenaventura.
            Performances are on August 8,9 & 10, Angeles University Foundation, Angeles City, Pampanga; August 14, 15 & 16, Bren Guiao Cultural Center, San Fernando, Pampanga; August 23, in Laguna; August 28 & 29, Olongapo Convention Center, Olongapo City, Zambales; September 14 & 15, Ortega Gymnasium, San Fernando, La Union.
            The National Parks Development Committee, Ever Bilena, Skin Sanctuary and Aces and Pros fully support Gantimpala Theater’s Ang Prinsepe at ang Pulubi.
Prinsepe Final Poster
            For tickets and bookings, please call 9985622 or 8720261. Like us atwww.facebook.com/gantimpala.
-ALWYN IGNACIO

ISANG GABI SA PILING NI ALLEN DIZON


ALLEN DIZON

ALLEN DIZON

Isang date, isang usapan. Matagal nang plinano. Ngayon lang natuloy. Finally. Isang gabi, sa piling ng aktor na si Allen Dizon.
Hayun si Allen at galing pa ng Pampanga. Medyo haggard pa dahil kadarating lang din buhat sa bansang Japan ilang araw pa lang ang nakakaraan (dahil nag-showing doon ang pelikulang “Dukot”) at medyo sinisinat pa. Pagkakita sa writer na ka-date niya, tila sumigla ang mukha niya. Hay salamat, hindi pa rin nagbabago ang isang Allen Dizon pagkatapos ng maraming panahon na lumipas. Hindi man niya totally pinapakita yun, mararamdaman mo… Isang gabi, sa piling ni Allen Dizon.
Nagsimula sa pagiging isang sexy actor, si Allen Dizon ngayon ay isa nang nirerespetong aktor. isang “total transformation”, at isa sa mga aktor na nagtahak ng magandang “career planning”. Salamat sa manager niyang si Dennis Evangelista, na-proteksyunan ng husto ang career ng aktor na ito. Kasi sa bawat karera ng isang artista, isang simpleng pagkakamali ay maari nang ikabagsak mo na. Sa kaso ni Allen, habang tumatagal ay lalong tumitibay ang kanyang karera.
First acting award na natanggap ni Allen ay para sa pelikulang “Twilight Dancers” kung saan ay papel ng isang ageing macho dancer ang kanyang ginampanan. Nanalo siya ng Best Supporting Actor sa Star Awards, at nasundan pa ng isa sa Famas, para din sa pelikulang yun. And the rest is history.
Pagkatapos nun, nag-umpisa na ng tuluyan ang pagtahak ni Allen into becoming a full-pledged dramatic and serious actor. At unti-unti na siyang nakaalis sa sexy genre o image.
Naririto ngayon ang aming Q and A kay Allen:
ALIWAN AVENUE (AA): After winning two best Supporting Actor trophies and three Best Actor trophies, one for “Paupahan” and another one for “Dukot” just early this year and last year, it seems na talagang marami na ang nakakapansin sa isang pagiging magaling mong artista, Allen.
ALLEN DIZON (A.D.): Maraming taon ko din pong pinaghirapan yan, kuya Robert. Yung mga naunang pelikula ko, naging preparasyon ko lamang. Pero I think, si direk Joel Lamangan talaga ang nakapiga sa akin sa acting. Nagsimula yun nung gawin namin ang pelikulang “Dukot”. Nanalo ako sa pelikulang yan sa Gawad Tanglaw, ka-tie ko si John Lloyd Cruz, tapos, na-nominate ako sa halos lahat ng award-giving bodies dahil sa pelikulang yan… kuya Robert, ibang klase kasing magtrabaho si direk Joel. He is very straight, disciplined. Gusto niya, prepared ka na pagdating mo sa set ng shooting niya. Ang gusto lang niya, huwag kang mago-overacting. Dapat controlled ka lang.
AA.: Kaya pala bukod sa “Dukot”, napakagaling mo rin sa pelikulang “Sigwa”. Maski ba medyo supporting lang ang role mo sa “Sigwa”, unlike sa “Dukot” na bida ka talaga, still, yung highlight scene mo sa ‘Sigwa” ay remarkable talaga.
A.D.: Yung eksenang nagpakamatay ako dun sa Sigwa, tuhog ang eksenang yun. Wala yung cut-cut! Kaya dapat, super-prepared na kaming lahat bago kunan ang eksena. Siyempre, takot din kaming lahat kay direk Joel. Pero yun, after nung take na yun, natuwa sa akin si direk Joel at sabi niya, magaling daw ako. Salamat naman at nagawa ko ng mahusay yung eksenang yun. Isa kasi akong deep-penetration agent dun sa movie na yun na nagpakamatay sa bandang huli.
AA.: Ano-ano ang mga kasunod mong pelikula ngayon after “Dukot” and “Sigwa”. Siyempre, people are expecting much from you.
A.D.: May nakatakda kaming gawin, ang working title ay “Deadline”, ukol sa mga warlords at media killings. Apat kaming magiging bida run. gagampanan ko dun ang pael ng isang Muslim journalist na magiging witness sa isang krimen.. Pagkatapos, naka-iskedyul na rin yung “Silab”. Si Racquel Villavicencio ang sumulat ng script nito kaya maganda talaga. Istorya ng isang OFW sa Saudi na nagbalik sa Pilipinas kasama ang bestfriend niya. Mapagkakamalan silang bading ng bestfriend niya. Yun pala ang misis niya ang may relasyon sa bestfriend niya at itsa-chop-chop ng misis niya ang “ari” ng bestfriend niya… At pangtalo, yung dream movie namin ng manager ko na ukol sa land-grabbing sa mga magsasaka. Ito ang magsisilbing solo movie ko na ako talaga ang bida. Parang “dukot” ang magiging tema nito.