‘KATIPUNAN , MGA ANAK NG BAYAN’ MARKS ANDRES BONIFACIO’S SESQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION @ THE GANTIMPALA THEATER!


KATIPUNAN Poster 2The very first Bulwagang Gantimpala production, Katipunan, Mga Anak ng Bayan, pulsates with new life, as a special touring production, under the direction of Joel Lamanganand Jun Pablo.
The musical theater production acquaints modern viewers to the short life and turbulent times of the working class revolutionary Andres Bonifacio and his wife, Gregoria “Oryang” de Jesus. It illustrates the evolution of the mass-based revolutionary organization, the role of women in the struggle, the internal conflicts that weakened it and gives the audiences the lessons from the struggles and triumphs of the Great Plebeian.
Artistic director Joel Lamangan says, “Katipunan is my comeback to Gantimpala Theater. It is the first play I joined in Bulwagang Gantimpala, when the late Tony Espejo was still establishing it at the CCP  It is really my coming back, it’s a full circle.”
“We try to make it as relevant as now, in terms of music and movement,” adds Lamangan. “This is all sung thru.  It is fast and tiring, yes, but this young people, they are doing it very well.”
He carries on, “This is so challenging because I am doing both choreography and direction, with Jun Pablo (GT Chair and President) helping me to polish every thing as we go along.”
“We promise the audiences a very exciting and dynamic musical theater production about the life of Andres Bonifacio. I am sure that people of all ages will appreciate what we are offering,” ends Lamangan.
Playing major roles are Sandino Martino as Andres Bonifacio, Anna Fegi as Gregoria de JesusRJ Jimenez as Emilio Jacinto, with Brent Manzano, Allan Joseph Padilla and Vera Capiral as the Mga Tagapagsalaysay.
Script by Bonifacio Ilagan.  Lyrics by Jose Jeffrey Camañag, Music by RJ Jimenez. Set Design by Sonny Aniceto.  Production and stage manager is Cicey Alejo.
Touring performances are slated on August 22, 23 & 24, (Bren Guiao, San Fernando, Pampanga), August 29 (Dagupan, Pangasinan), August 31 (Tarlac), September 7 (Biñan, Laguna), September 13 & 14 (Dagupan, Pangasinan), September 20 (San Carlos City, Pangasinan), and October 4 (Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium).
Metro Manila shows are being scheduled for November and December.
Katipunan, Mga Anak ng Bayan is fully supported by the National Parks Development Committee, Everbilena, Skin Sanctuary, and ACES and PROS.
For tickets, block buying and sponsorships, call the Gantimpala Marketing Office at 998-5622/872-0261. You may also visit www.facebook.com/gantimpala. Follow us on twitter @gantimpala_tf.

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